UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: February 2013
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, starting with those that occurred in February 2013.
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"Lil"" Dave Nicholson gave his bankroll a £37,000 boost when he took down the £300 Deepstack at Dusk Till Dawn as February began. Nicholson outlasted a tough field of 527 players on his way to victory, which was the largest live tournament cash of his career.
Two of the United Kingdom's most prominent pros each won a Sunday Major in the second week of February. Sam Grafton took down The Sunday Brawl at Full Tilt Poker while Christopher Brammer secured the $49,077.29 first place prize in The Bigger $109 at PokerStars.
There were mixed reactions from the poker community when PokerStars announced it was going to start paying 27 places instead of 18 in the popular 180-man tournaments.
Thomas Finneran won the UKIPT Cork Main Event in mid-February, banking an impressive €55,440 for his victory. Finneran would have left Cork with an even larger prize, but he and Stephen McGrath opted to strike a deal when heads-up that flattened the payout structure somewhat.
Former poker pro Marcus Bebb-Jones pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife after initially planning to fight the charges. Bebb-Jones changed his plea and admitted murdering his American wife in 1997.
By pleading guilty, the judge agreed that Bebb-Jones would not receive more than 20-years imprisonment for his crime.
Police arrested two men in connection to an armed robbery of a security van that was parked outside of the Grosvenor Casino in Newcastle.
The two men were charged with robbing the G4S security van with a shotgun and theft of an Audi Q5 getaway car.
Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews during the holidays as we recap the 2013 action.