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 November 2013.
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While this story wasn't about a poker player, it did attract a lot of attention thanks to the massive prize won. An Aberdeen fisherman scooped a gigantic £5.4 million prize at BetVictor's casino, a massive win that came only six months after a different BetVictor casino customer bagged a £4.5 million jackpot.
Jon Spinks took down the November 3 edition of the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, netting himself a cool $115,490.37 in the process. Spinks, who is going to become a father for the first time in 2014, celebrated his largest-ever online score by booking a Caribbean holiday for his now wife-to-be and himself.
The Isle of Man, home of PokerStars hosted its first-ever UKIPT festival in November 2013 and it will be remembered fondly by everyone who took part in it. One man in particular, Duncan McLellan, will have the fondest memories seeing how he won the £1,100 buy-in Main Event for £94,090 after defeating Team SportStars Fatima Moriera de Melo heads-up for the title of UKIPT Isle of Man champion.
Popular pro Rick Trigg bagged himself an impressive score of £53,000 when he won the Blackpool Main Event of the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT).
Sheffield lad Trigg dealt when heads-up with John Haigh, with both players taking home the same amount and playing on for the title. Trigg eventually toppled Haigh and now has a GUKPT title on his poker CV.
Tom MacDonald got his hands on a huge $679,000 prize after finishing as runner-up to Germany's Philipp Gruissem in the $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha8 St.Kitts event.
MacDonald is more accustomed to high stakes cash games than tournaments, but put in a fantastic display and was unfortunate not to walk away with top honours in this prestigious event.
Sam Trickett first cut his teeth at the Dusk Till Dawn casino and is without a doubt the most successful poker player to come out of that particular venue. In November, DTD unveiled its new VIP room that bears the name of Trickett and PokerNews gave you a glimpse of the luxury that the Sam Trickett room exudes.
Earlier in the year, Kevin Allen won the Dusk Till Dawn Monte Carlo Main Event for a bankroll-boosting £120,000. We mentioned in that review that Allen would go on an secure another monster-sized payout, and here it is.
Allen managed to limp to the final table of the GUKPT Grand Final with a 12 big blind stack and after doubling up at the start, went on to win the entire tournament and add £158,700 to his coffers.
- 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
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: June 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: July 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: August 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: September 2013
- UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: October 2013
Stay tuned to UK & Ireland PokerNews as we recap the 2013 action.