UK & Ireland PokerNews Review: February 2014
We continue our recap of the past year by sifting through the hundreds of articles until we reach those written in the month of February 2014. Can you remember that far back? We can, here's what went down on UK & Ireland PokerNews during the month that Cupid comes along firing arrows all over the place.
Despite having three British grinders on the final table of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Deauville Main Event, it was Greece's Sotirios Koutoupas who walked away with the title of champion and with a comedy cheque for €614,000.
Harry Law finished fifth (€164,000), Eli Heath in fourth place (€207,800) and Oliver Price third (€271,200) so it wasn't bad at all!
Price followed up his EPT Deauville final table with an outright victory in the opening leg of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) in London. Price bested a talented final table that homed the likes of Ben Vinson, Mat Frankland and Phil Souki to claim the £86,400 first place prize.
Keeping with the live poker results, John O'Shea bulldozed his way to victory in the BoylePoker IPO Galway Main Event, chopping heads-up with Geoff Healy before busting Healy and walking away with €21,780.
Still in the live arena, Phil Ivey's turbulant 2014 started well thanks to him winning the Aussie Millions Super High Roller for $4,000,000 while closer to home the man who was involved in that hand with Ivey years ago, Paul Jackson, binked the Grand Prix at Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) for £23,500.
There were a brace of high profile runner-up finishes involving Brits, too. Sam Razavi finished as the bridesmaid in the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Cebu High Roller and Simon Deadman helped himself to yet another second place finish in the Genting Poker Series (GPS) Star City Main Event.
February was also the month that the inaugural Sky Poker UK Poker Championships (UKPC) took place at DTD and what an amazing festival it was. Everyone who competed in any of the events thoroughly enjoyed themselves, although High Roller winner Jeremy Nock and Main Event champion Alex Spencer have the fondest memories of all.
There was plenty to shout about in the online poker world, with some of our best players helping themselves to huge scores during the second month of 2014.
Stephen Chidwick won the Full Tilt Super Sized Sunday, while we saw the start of the meteoric rise of Patrick "pleno1" Leonard who went from being to a cash game grinder to one of tournament poker's elite in record time.
We continue our recap of 2014 with a look back at March which saw Sam Trickett gain a new sponsor, the UKIPT Dublin crown its champion and much more, so stay tuned!