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 March 2013.
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At the start of March, the GUKPT rolled into London and attracted a field of 397 players to its £1,070 buy-in Main Event. many of the GUKPT Main Events ended in a chop during 2013 but the London leg saw a five-way deal. Martin Bader is the man who goes down in the history books as the 2013 GUKPT London champion, a title that bagged Bader £56,000.
The PokerStars Sunday Million celebrated its seventh birthday in March 2013 and slapped a $7,000,000 guarantee on its prize pool. Of course, that guarantee was met — in fact the prize pool almost topped $10 million — and as a result some huge payouts were created.
One such payout went to Leeds' David "sexygee" Gent who banked $836,321.83 after a three-way deal; Gent eventually finished second.
London Clubs International caused a stir when they announced the Alea Casino in Leeds was to close with immediate effect. A statement at the time read:
"London Clubs International, owners of Alea Leeds Casino (including Leeds Kitchen and The Bird by Vineet) regrets to announce that the company will be suspending trading as of today. We have reluctantly taken this decision following continued difficult trading conditions at the Clarence Dock Development.
We are grateful to our staff and suppliers who worked hard to deliver a great entertainment venue and thank them following this difficult decision."
British-based Spaniard Sergio Aido burst onto the live poker scene in 2013 and one of his most impressive results was his outright victory in the UKIPT London Main Event. Aido made a deal with Thomas Ward when heads-up to walk away with an impressive £144,555 — not a bad return for a £1,100 outlay.
Former Team PokerStars Pro Ruben Visser returned to the Netherlands with £595,000 after besting one of the toughest final tables ever assembled on the European Poker Tour. The final table was the home to Chris Moorman, Tamer Kamel, Stephen O'Dwyer, and Theo Jorgensen to name four of the stars who Visser had to navigate his way around.
Talal Shakerchi, an investment banker by trade, likes to rub shoulders with the biggest names in the poker world which is why he loves competing in the various high roller and super high roller events around the world. Although not a professional poker player, Shakerchi can hold his own in these star-studded event and that especially showed when he won the EPT London High Roller for £436,330.
The partypoker Premier League took place at Aspers Casino in London and saw some of the poker world's biggest names take to the felt in the unique event.
One of our very own, Sam Trickett, almost went all of the way and won the tournament, but fell at the last hurdle and lost heads-up to Dan Shak.
Ellie Biessek is a regular face on the British live poker scene and it was no surprise when she won a major event. Biessek took down the Genting Poker Series Newcastle Main Event for £38,750 and became the popular tour's first female champion.
Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews during the holidays as we recap the 2013 action.