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UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: October 2013

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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 October 2013.

Click the title of each heading to be whisked away to that article.

New Milton Keynes Casino Proves Popular; Punter Wins an Audi Q5 Worth £40K

Milton Keynes celebrated the opening of the United Kingdom's second Super Casino by giving all new customers entry into a free raffle where one lucky punter would walk away with a brand new Audi worth £40,000. That lucky fellow was Andy Brisland who was selected at random and is now the proud owner of a fantastic piece of German engineering.

Robbie Bull Takes the UKIPT London Main Event by the Horns and Wins £113,405

The UKIPT headed to London in October and its £1,100 Main Event saw some of the best poker players in the business compete for the six-figure first place prize.

The final table was the home to players such as Paul Zimbler, Karl Mahrenholz, Jack Salter and eventual champion Robbie Bull; Bull took home £113,405 after a heads-up deal was struck with Ian Simpson.

Ladbrokes Shares Skyrocket After Investor Purchases Near 3pc Stake

Shares in British gambling firm Ladbrokes shot through the roof after an investor purchased a near three percent stake in the company. The investor is thought to be the owner of Playtech — the company behing the iPoker Network — Teddy Sagi.

Ladbrokes have since moved their online poker operation from Microgaming to the iPoker Network.

Robin Ylitalo Wins EPT London Main Event for £560,980

Although we were secretly wanting one of the Brits to win the European Poker Tour London Main Event, something that didn't happen because Sweden's Robin Ylitalo took it down, we were delighted that one of the world's biggest and best live tournaments took place on our little island.

The festival's new venue — The Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden — was well received by players and staff alike and we cannot wait for the next edition to take place.

Mark Lane Takes Home £30,850 After Winning the GPS Edinburgh Main Event

Mark Lane took down the Edinburgh Main Event on the Genting Poker Series, bagging £30,850 for three days work. Lane defeated Darren Knaggs heads-up to secure his first major live title.

Driton Haxhiaj Helps Himself to the GUKPT Luton Title After Four-Way Chop

The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) came the closest to crowning a female Main Event champion it had ever done before when two women reached the GUKPT Luton final table. Full Tilt Poker ambassador Sin Melin crashed out in seventh place while Caicai Huang finished second to Driton Haxhiak but not before securing a £42,750 pay out following a three-handed chop.

Donie Lyons Takes Down the BoylePoker IPO Dublin Main Event

Donie Lyons won the 2013 BoylePoker IPO Dublin Main Event, taking home €39,485 following a five-way chop. Lyons outlasted the massive field of 1,373 and now has his name etched on the coveted IPO trophy.

Rok Rotar won the 2013 Paddy Power Poker Irish Winter Festival Man Event, taking home a cool €85,000.

The ever-popular Irish Winter Festival flourished in 2013 and saw 341 players compete for an €85,000 first place prize. That princly sum is now nestled in the bank account of Rok Rotar after he outlasted the entire field, including defeating Samuel Welbourne heads-up, to become the 2013 Irish Winter Festival champion.

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