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 June 2013.
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David Vamplew almost won a World Series of Poker bracelet to go with his European Poker Tour title. but fell at the final hurdle to finish second. Vamplew had to contend with the likes of David Peters, Dan Kelly, Jared Hamby, Brandon Meyers and Daryll Fish on his way to meeting Trevor Pope heads-up. Sadly, Vamplew couldn't defeat Pope and had to settle for the $342,450 runner-up prize.
While the majority of the poker world was fixated with the goings on at the 2013 WSOP, there were 134 players in Portsmouth who only had winning the GUKPT Main Event being held there on their minds.
The tournament was eventually won by Nicholas Humphris who walked away with £16,500 after a heads-up deal was agreed upon with Dom Mahoney.
Poland's Jakub Michalak won the ISPT Wembley Main Event, a tournament that saw a gargantuan €589,000 overlay to its prize pool. The tournament was doomed to fail from Day 1 and despite the best efforts of the Dusk Till Dawn team to resurrect the event, the €1,000,000 guaranteed first place prize was not enough to see one of the largest overlays ever seen in the history of the game.
Following his outright victory in the Full Tilt Poker $350,000 Guaranteed, Charlie Combes found himself promoted to the number one spot in the PocketFives.com UK & Ireland Online Poker Rankings.
Combes knocked Chris Moorman from his lofty perch, but Moorman would ultimately have the last laugh.
Scotland's Ludovic Geilich Wins the UKIPT Marbella Main Event
Ludovic Geilich banked €130,000 for a weekend's work when he won the 2013 UKIPT Marbella Main Event. It was the first time the UKIPT had left the UK or Ireland's shores and it seemed to be a hit with the players who flocked to the Spanish venue in droves.
Geilich won the lion's share of the prize pool after a three-way deal.
Tony G was invited to compete in a poker tournament at Oxford University in June and everyone's favourite Lithuanian accepted the invitation and headed to the world famous university for a £10 turbo rebuy!
Student Eugene Lowrie recapped the action for PokerNews.
One of the most popular stories of 2013 was Barny Boatman winning his first WSOP bracelet. Boatman won Event #49, the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event, taking home $546,080 and his first piece WSOP gold.
I had the pleasure of reporting on Boatman's final table and words cannot describe how amazing the scenes were after Boatman defeated Brian O'Donoghue heads-up for the title; it was an experience I will never forget.
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: January 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: February 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: March 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: April 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: May 2013
Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews during the holidays as we recap the 2013 action.