David Vamplew was one of the biggest tournament winners this weekend as he worked his magic to best a star-studded field of 2,329 in the $320 buy-in FTOPS Event #20 at Full Tilt Poker.
The Edinburgh-based former European Poker Tour London Main Event winner struck a deal with Holland’s “I Follow Rivers” and “Mikleler” of Russia before defeating them both to scoop a total of $111,768.04.
This latest victory is the latest in a long-line of impressive results in 2013 and came on the same day the young Scot won the $82 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max Hyper Turbo at PokerStars for an additional $6,208.
Earlier this year, Vamplew finished second in two World Series of Poker events for a combined score of $755,607 and will be looking to get 2014 off to a great start when he competes at UKIPT Edinburgh and then jets off to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
Keeping with Full Tilt Poker, there was another impressive result for Rhys “floppin_ell” Jones in FTOPS Event #19 where he finished fifth for $24,449.70, although the Main Event Travel sponsored pro will no doubt be disappointed not to have secured a gold jersey.
The $109 buy-in Big Ben’s final table was graced by the presence of the United Kingdom’s “wi212” who eventually busted in seventh place for $2,356.00, while “sleepingtom” banked $4,389.00 when he came eighth in the $635 buy-in Super Sized Sunday.
Meanwhile, in the popular T-Rex tournament, two Brits reached the final table. Paul “LEADBOOTS” Foltyn almost reached the final, but crashed out in 11th, leaving Ben “cheesies” Martin (sixth for $6,459.75) and Tim “uwicrider” Piper (fourth for $11,842.88) to pick up substantial cashes.
The Sunday Mulligan saw yet another final table for the in-form Scott “rdcrsm” Margereson, also known as “Aggro Santos” as he finishes third for $8,160.00.
PokerStars ran its Double Vision promotion this weekend where some of the most popular tournaments ran twice! The earliest of these events were not that kind to our players but in one of the $500,000 Guaranteed Sunday Warm-Ups, UKIPT Marbella champion Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich managed to navigate his way to seventh place for $16,686.00.
Ireland’s “MagicMan254” helped himself to a massive score of $118,896 when he almost went all the way in the first edition of the Sunday Million. “MagicMan254” fell in third place to pick up the largest score of a Brit or Irishman this weekend. A big shout out to “Henwii22” who finished eighth in the same tournament for $17,834.40.
Following on from “MagicMan254”’s third place finish, “Druciferr” also finished third but in the $215 Sunday 2nd Chance for an impressive $25,479.00.
While some of the UK’s best players were battling for supremacy in the UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event. Some of them were doing the same in the PokerStars Sunday 6-Max. Although not technically a Brit, Khoa “HKN29129” Nguyen lists the UK as his place of residence so that, combined with him finishing third in this tournament for $15,539, means we have claimed him as one of our own!
Craig “mcc3991” McCorkell went one place deeper than Nguyen and finished second for a $20,425.50 score; hopefully McCorkell will spend some of his winnings on more epic Christmas jumpers for the upcoming European Poker Tour Prague festival.
Here’s hoping we have another week full of fantastic results from UK & Ireland’s tournament grinders!