UK & Ireland PokerNews Round-Up: WPT Heads to the UK, Huge SCOOP Scores and More
The UK & Ireland PokerNews Round-Up gives you the chance to take a peek at the most popular stories for the past week from our UK & Ireland-focused site. This week, we've got the World Poker Tour coming to the UK, British players earning large scores from the recent PokerStars SCOOP, and more.
World Poker Tour Returns to the UK
The last time a full World Poker Tour (WPT) event took place on British soil was in 2010, when the now Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody emerged victorious in London and secured the second prong on his soon-to-be-completed Triple Crown of titles.
As the weekend ended and a new week began, the owner of the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) poker club in Nottingham, Rob Yong, published a blog on the club’s website that revealed the WPT is to return to the UK in November 2014 for a 17-day festival at the DTD.
British Players Bank Massive Scores in the SCOOP
The PokerStars Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) dominated the headlines on the UK & Ireland site thanks to players from those countries helping themselves to some absolutely massive prizes as the SCOOP came to an end.
Former European Poker Tour Vilamoura champion Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis picked up over $160,000 for a second-place finish in the 45th SCOOP Event — the $1,050 NL Hold’em Wrap-Up Turbo Reentry — but that impressive sum was put into the shade by some of the life-changing sums won by some of Lewis’ fellow Brits.
The SCOOP Main Events created huge prize pools and players from the UK helped themselves to hefty slice of them. Zimnan Ziyard, another former EPT champion, won $473,499 when he came second in the $1,050 buy-in Medium Main Event while the unknown "Better C4ll" and Peter "Se7entr3y" Akery secured unbelievable wins of $890,820 and $860,000, respectively.
All Change in the UK Rankings
The big wins for the UK contingent caused a big shake-up of the online poker tournament rankings, including the leaderboard receiving a new top man in the shape of Patrick "pleno1" Leonard. Other big movers included Zimnan "zimmy86" Ziyard, Christopher "MAKKAPAKK" Johnson and Paul "pvas2" Vas Nunes.
10 British Players to Watch at the 2014 WSOP
The 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is only days away and UK & Ireland PokerNews Editor Matthew Pitt gave his thoughts on which 10 players from the UK could be set for glory at the latest edition of poker's greatest festival.
The usual big hitters are in the list, such as Sam Trickett and Chris Moorman, but there are also a handful of names that you may not necessarily be aware off if you’re not a fan of British poker.
Poker Pro to Appear on TV Show for Inventors
One of the names in the 10 British players to Watch at the 2014 WSOP article on the UK site is Steve Watts, a former professional soccer player who turned to poker when his career ended. Watts is set to appear on a Sky TV show called Make Me a Millionaire Inventor this weekend where he will try to gain investment from experts for a product he invented and created.