If you're in a mood for reminiscing then you're in look because we're recapping the UK & Ireland poker action from April 2014.
We ended March's recap with the horrible news of Mehmet Hassan's murder. April kicked off with some good news on that particular front because police arrested three people and charged them with Hassan's murder. While doing so won't bring Hassan back, it looks likely that his killers will be brought to justice.
There was more positive news, this time in the shape of poker results, as Tom "hitthehole" Middleton won the PokerStars WCOOP Challenge Main Event for a cool $500,000.
Andrew Teng tasted Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) glory for the second time in his career when he marched to victory in the GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event. Teng's second GUKPT title was made all the more impressive by the fact he had to battle the likes of Jeff Kimber, Ross Loggie and Dominik Nitsche at the final table.
In between former November Nine member Sam Holden announcing his retirement and Ludovic Geilich winning the Super Tuesday, we spoke to serial second place finisher Simon Deadman and quizzed him about what makes him tick.
Some of the other April highlights included:
- Steve Watts winning WPT National Marbella
- Niall Farrell winning the FTOPS Main Event
- Michael Dorman being crowned the 2014 UK Student Poker Championships
- Ben Vinson going on a heater.
- The Paddy Power Irish Open was won by Patrick Clarke
- Luigi Viscomi binked the Dusk Till Dawn Grand Prix
- Daniel "judgedredd13" Charlton helped himself to a career-best score of $153,681.46
April was of course the month that Victoria Coren Mitchell made poker history and became the first person to ever win two European Poker Tour titles. The then Team PokerStars Pro — she would resign from her role later in 2014 — won the EPT Sanremo Main Event to become the first two-time champion.
Be sure to check back into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday as we continue looking back at the past 12 months.