2013 has been another superb year for poker in the United Kingdom and Ireland and UK & Ireland PokerNews is proud to have kept you up to date with all of the goings on over the past 12 months.
With 2013 almost over, we though it would be fun to recap the biggest and most popular stories that graced the UK & Ireland PokerNews pages over the past year, continuing with those that occurred in April 2013.
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The Irish Open is one of the most popular tournaments on the live calendar and is usually remembered fondly by all who participate in it. One player who has very fond memories of the 2013 edition of the tournament is Ian Simpson who walked away with the title of champion in 2013, a result that bagged him an impressive €265,000.
One of the biggest damp squibs of 2013 was Zynga opening for real money gaming. With its massive, unrivalled player base from its free Facebook app, there were large segments of the poker community who thought Zynga could have overtaken PokerStars as the king of the online poker world. Although Zynga launched its real money client, the number of players converting to real money were hardly noticeable and rather disappointing.
The inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific took place in April and saw the return of the popular Caesar's Cup — a special series of tournaments that pitted the best players in Europe the APAC and Americas elite.
Team Europe was captained by Sam Trickett who guided his team of superstars to victory, much to the delight of the folks back home.
Kevin Allen ended April with a massive £120,000 score after defeating an extremely tough final table in the Monte Carlo tournament at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham. Allen had to navigate his way past the likes of Jamie Rutherford, Ben Jenkins, James Atkin, Tim Chung and Rick Trigg on his way to scooping the massive first place prize.
It would not be Allen's only big score of the year.
Main Event Travel continued to add key partners to its already impressive roster when it joined forces with Dusk Till Dawn to be the Nottingham-based casino's official travel partner. Main Event Travel continued to add major names to its list of partners throuoight the year and we would expect that trend to continue into 2014 and beyond.
David Vamplew took down one of the pro-heavy Sunday Rebuys at PokerStars for more than $61,000 on a weekend that his fellow Brits impressive in the Sunday Majors. Vamplew, a former European Poker Tour champion, would go on to have a spectacular World Series of Poker; more on that in a later review!
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: January 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: February 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: March 2013
Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews during the holidays as we recap the 2013 action.