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 August 2013.
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After returning from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Christopher Brammer got straight back down to business in the online poker world and won a FTOPS at Full Tilt Poker. Brammer won almost $130,000 for his victory in FTOPS Event #1.
Plenty of other Brits secured big scores on the same weekend as Brammer's win, including Craig McCorkell and Andrew Teng.
Manchester United stars past and present got in on the action as a partypoker sponsored poker tournament descended on the world famous club's Old Trafford football ground.
Bryan Robson, Quentin Fortune, and Dwight Yorke were three former football stars to buy-into the special event, which was eventually won by Sam Trickett — Trickett is an avid Manchester United fan.
The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) stopped off in Bolton in early August and one man will have fond memories of the tournament; Michael Clarke won the GUKPT Bolton Main Event and secured a payout of £20,000.
Scotland's Alan Gold emerged victorious in the UKIPT Galway Main Event after smashing his way through one of the fastest final table in the history of the UKIPT.
Gold was the last man standing after a final table that lasted less than four hours, finally defeating Paul "xxCelticFCxx" Febers heads-up to claim a massive payout of €187,494.
Tom Alner was one of an army of top poker players who headed to Macau in August for the famous Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event, and it turned out to be a superb decision as he went all the way and won the Main Event for HK$823,000. Alner, from Bristol, has over $1 million in online tournament winnings and over $780,000 in live tournaments.
The GUKPT Goliath grew in 2013 to an impressive 1,822 entries — 746 were re-entries — meaning a £257,000 prize pool was created for just a £120 buy-in! This made the Goliath the largest (in terms of entries) live tournament in the United Kingdom. The name on the trophy reads Jake Skidmore who walked away with £56,540 for his outstanding victory.
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- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: June 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: July 2013
Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews during the holidays as we recap the 2013 action.