UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: December 2013

Stephen Chidwick

2013 was 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 Decemberr 2013.

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David Vamplew Wins FTOPS Event #20 for $111k

David Vamplew ended 2013 on a high note by winning Event #20 of the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS. Vamplew outlasted a stellar field of 2,329 players and found himself heads-up against Holland's "I Follow Rivers." The pair struck a deal to split the remaining prize pool and when Vamplew went on to vanquish his opponent, $111,768.04 was sent to the young Scot's account.

Ben Mayhew Wins the UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event
There were emotional scenes at the Dusk Till Dawn Casino when Ben Mayhew took down the PokerStars UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max Main Event. Mayhew banked £72,840 after a three-way deal and dedicated his impressive victory to his late father.

Streamlined Gala Coral Still Burdened With Heavy Debts

The Gala Coral Group released its financial statement and it showed a 6% increase in turnover but the group still lost a whopping £218.7 million. The astronomical losses, which took into account the sale of the group's casinos to Rank Plc, were down to the massive debts that are crippling the group.

Former Evertonian Thomas Gravesen Heads to Las Vegas

Today's mega-rich footballers are often keen gamblers who love to relax by playing poker and casino games. One such player, former Everton and Denmark midfielder Thomas Gravesen, is heading to Las Vegas to live a life of luxury,

Gravesen invested large chunks of his huge wages throughout his career and a number of those investments paid off. According to UK Eurosport, Gravesen's investments netted him around €100 million and he now plans to move to Las Vegas with his Czech-bron American model girlfriend Kamila Persse.

Chidwick and Dalimore Bank Over €140k in the Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event

The €1,100 buy-in Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event broke the record for the best attended poker tournament to ever be held in the Czech Republic and as a result some massive prizes were created. Two of those impressive sums found their way to the bank accounts of two Brits in the shape of Mark Dalimore and Stephen Chidwick.

Dalimore finished fifth for €53,500 while Chidwick went two places deeper and busted third for €92,500. Chidwick would go on and reach the final table of the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event a week later.

Richard Milner Marches to Victory in the 2013 GPS Grand Final

While an army of Brits were going about their business in the EPT Prague Main Event, a sizeable crowd descended on the Genting Club Sheffield for the Grand Final of the Genting Poker Series.

The £880 buy-in tournament had one of the most exciting final tables the GPS has seen, one that went on until 03:20am! Eventually, Richard Milner emerged victorious, claiming the £40,086 first place prize (after a four-way chop) for himself.

Stephen Chidwick and Max Silver Reach EPT Prague Main Event Final Table

The EPT Prague Main Event saw 1,007 players buy in for €5,300 and amazingly two Brits managed to navigate their way past the majority of the monster-sized field to reach the tournament's final table.

All eyes were on Max Silver and Stephen Chidwick as they aimed to follow in the footsteps of Roberto Romanello and become a British winner of an EPT Prague Main Event. Silver's dreams of becoming an EPT champ ended when he finished in sixth place (€160,000), which left Chidwick flying the Union Jack. Chidwick eventually fell in third place, adding €378,000 to the €92,500 he won a week earlier in the Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event.

John Gudger Wins the partypoker WPT National Milton Keynes Main Event

John Gudger, a 59-year old electrical engineer, turned a$3 investment into a £12,750 jackpot when he won the partypoker World Poker Tour National UK Milton Keynes Main Event.

Gudger won his seat to the £200 Accumulator event in $1.65 buy-in rebuy satellite at partypoker and made a single rebuy. Fastforward a few weeks and Gudger topped a 292 player field to bank his largest-ever tournament score.

Christopher Brammer Ends 2013 With a Bang

Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer ended 2013 on a real high after reaching the final tables of the year's last PokerStars Sunday Million and the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl. Brammer finished $70,008.00 for finishing fifth in the Sunday Million and an additional $8,704.80 for his sixth place finish in the Sunday Brawl.

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