Can you believe that 2014 is almost over and that 2015 is only a couple of weeks away? Me neither. It's been another exciting year here at UK & Ireland PokerNews HQ so we thought we would hop into our time machine and take a look at each of the months in 2014, reviewing them as we go. OK, there isn't a time machine, but you get where I am coming from.
The year began with Chris “moorman1” Moorman topping the UK online poker rankings and Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth being king of the Irish equivalent, but it was two others who started 2014 in hot form.
Leeds-based pro Marcin Milde managed to win two PocketFives.com Triple Crowns in the space of a fortnight, while Ben “jenbizzle” Jones went on a ridiculous heater that saw him get off to a blistering start and hit the headlines for all of the right reasons.
Online poker legends Christopher Brammer and Rick Trigg also secured Triple Crowns in January 2014.
Despite the continued success of our grinders at the virtual felt, January will be better remembered for the superb live action. Of course, the highlight of the year's opening month was the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure festivities. Although none of our beloved players managed to take down the Main Event, both Max Silver and Tom Hall tried their damned hardest to do so and fell in ninth and tenth place.
Closer to home, during the 2014 PCA, there were a couple of major events taking place. The Genting Poker Series (GPS) Nottingham Main Event ran at Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) and saw 935 players buy into it. They were all outlasted by Michael Richardson who collected £39,000 but it was Simon Deadman, who finished second, who claimed £70,000 of the prize pool thanks to striking a deal while he held a substantial chip lead.
Deadman would continue his remarkable run during the second half of January.
Liv Boeree returned from the Caribbean and headed straight to its complete opposite to compete in the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event. It was a decision that proved profitable thanks to the Team PokerStars Pro and former European Poker Tour (EPT) Sanremo champion finishing second for £59,180, missing out only to Dean Hutchison who collected a cool £93,900 and the winner's trophy.
Speaking of the UKIPT, as January was rounding up, Main Event Travel became the official travel partner of the UKIPT, adding yet another string to Main Event Travel's bow.
The busy 2014 schedule continued as the EPT headed to Deauville, France for the first European EPT stop of 2014. Irishman Dermot Blain will remember the trip fondly thanks to winning the €1,100 Pot Limit Omaha side event for €20,200 while Toby Lewis and Barny Boatman will also look back at EPT Deauville with fond memories thanks to winning Global Poker Index European Poker Awards while in the picturesque French coastal town.
The final story from January 2014 was that of three British grinders reaching the final table of the EPT Deauville Main Event. Oliver Price, Harry Law and Eli Heath all reached the grand finale, but can you remember how they all got on? Tune in on December 17 to find out!