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 July 2013.
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While the poker world was fixated on the 2013 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, there were hundreds of poker players battling it out at the felt of The Hippodrome Casino in London where the UKIPT Series was taking place.
Deals are common place in live poker tournaments, but it is something of a rarity when a tournament ends in a nine-way deal! Gabriel Dragomir was the name at the top of the leaderboard when play ended; Dragomir banked £16,480 for his efforts.
If you ever looked at the results from the side events on the European Poker Tour, you would see one name crop up all of the time, especially if you were looking in non-Hold'em events. That name is Matthew Ashton, a player who is an absolute beast at the felt and one who now has a WSOP bracelet to his name.
At the 2014 WSOP, Ashton took down the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. defeating some of the world's biggest names and best players on his way to scooping the $1,774,089 first place prize. For many, this is the stand out performance of any British poker player in quite a while due to the strength of the field, the buy-in and the fact it is mixed games.
Matt Perrins won his second bracelet when he finished with all of the chips in the star-studded $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event at the 2013 WSOP. Perrins was railed home by one of the noisiest British rails in a long time and then went on an all-night celebrations that resulted in him being arrested for jumping into the lake / fountains of a casino on the Strip. Good times!
The Grosvenor G Casino Manchester opened its new 240-seat poker room mid-July following a £1.7 million investment from its owners, the Rank Group Plc.
The new poker room makes the G Casino Manchester the largest in North West England and it is sure to be a venue used by the GUKPT for years to come.
The GUKPT stopped off in Walsall in July and its Main Event attracted a crowd of 144 players to its Main Event. The tournament was won by David Tighe who claimed the £24,910 first place prize for his own, despite the majority of people wanting Julian Thew to secure a record fourth title; Thew fell in ninth place.
The Global Poker Index acquired The Hendon Mob Database in July in a move that many saw coming fro quite some time.
“We are very excited and extremely proud to count The Hendon Mob as part of the Global Poker Index family.” said Global Poker Index CEO Alexandre Dreyfus. “The Hendon Mob poker database is the best in the world, without a doubt. We plan to support and grow this tremendous asset. The Hendon Mob and the Global Poker Index are a natural fit to put together. As a combined company, they truly form an authoritative hub for all poker players, particularly those who compete in live events.”
The GPI have been constantly in the media for all of the right reasons and we expect even bigger things from them in 2014.
David Lloyd, the head of IT at Main Event Travel, won £23,000 for three day's work when he outlasted a strong field in the 2013 GUKPT Brighton Main Event. Lloyd ran out as the overall victor after two deals — one four-handed then another three-handed — we agreed upon by the players.
Amazingly, Lloyd reached the final table of the GUKPT Walsall Main Event a few weeks previously.
Craig McCorkell added more than $100,000 to his lifetime earnings when he won the last Super Tuesday of July 2013. McCorkell outlasted all of his 550 opponents, including final table members Yann Dion and Dani "Ansky" Stern on his way to a most impressive victory.
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Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews during the holidays as we recap the 2013 action.