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 May 2013.
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Marcus Bebb-Jones was jailed for a minimum of 20-years after pleading guilty to the murder of his American wife. Bebb-Jones said as he was sentenced that: "I didn’t intentionally kill Sabrina but what I did was wrong and I ask for your forgiveness."
Phil Ivey Sues British Casino for £7.8 Million
When we initially heard the news of Phil Ivey suing Crockfords casino in London for £7.8 million, we thought it was a vicious rumour. A few phone calls later and it became apparent that the story was indeed true and that the man widely regarded as the world's best poker player was in the process of suing the casino.
Ivey had won massively playing Punto Banco but the casino refused to pay him out until they investigated the win. It would turn out to be quite the story!
The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) headed to Stockton in May and saw Neil Raine reign supreme as he outlasted 117 players to scoop more than £17,000 for his efforts.
Sky Poker Pro and all round nice guy Julian Thew took down the Sky Poker Tour Dublin Main Event for £6,600 which was his second Sky Poker Tour title.
Thew came out on top of the 127 strong sell-out crowd, defeating Peter Stoneman heads-up to clinch the title.
British and Irish players tore up the PokerStars SCOOP festival so it was no surprise to see one of our heroes banking a massive prize. Sam Grafton secured a $153,251 pay day after a five way chop in Event #8, which was the largest cash haul for one of our players at that time.
A delighted Stephen Chidwick won his first SCOOP title when he took down the $2,100 Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw event for $50,000.
Chidwick wrote on his Facebook wall: "After 6 years of being titleless I finally got the monkey off my back...2k triple draw champion for 50k and a watch!"
Stay tuned for more on the remarkable year of Chidwick.
The PokerStars Super Tuesday went from strength-to-strength throughout 2013 and saw some massive prize pool created. The final Super Tuesday of May 2013 saw 448 players create a $448,000 prize pool. The lion's share of that huge sum found its way into the bankroll of Andrew "stato_1" Hulme who claimed $74,000 — after a heads-up deal was struck — after going all the way and winning online poker's largest weekly tournament.
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: January 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: February 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: March 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: April 2013
Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews during the holidays as we recap the 2013 action.