We are less than two weeks into the New Year and it is already looking like 2015 is going to be packed to the brim with stories of grinders from the UK and Ireland's poker scenes. Let's not beat around the bush here and get stuck straight into the UK & Ireland Weekly Turbo, your one-stop shop for all of the goings on in the UK & Ireland poker worlds.
With 2014 behind us and the Global Poker Index running its final update of the year, the Player of the Year awards were dished out. Picking up the title in the United Kingdom was the excellent Oliver Price, with Dermot Blain claiming the honors in Ireland and doing so for the third consecutive year, quite the achievement we're sure you'll agree.
The New Year started with a bang for two prominent British online grinders. First, Billy Chattaway did the unthinkable and won the Sunday 2nd Chance at PokerStars exactly seven days since he last won it! That's correct, Chattaway won back-to-back Sunday Majors, a feat unlikely to be repeated any time soon.
Joining Chattaway in the winner's circle was Dan Charlton. The man known in online poker circles as “judgedredd13,” won the first Super Tuesday at PokerStars in 2015, exactly six years to the day that he last won the massive event!
Keeping with the online poker world, the phenomenal talent that is Patrick Leonard started 2015 as the UK's number one ranked tournament player, a position that he is unlikely to give up at any point during the next 12 months. In Ireland, it is “gruaiggorm” who finds himself at the top of the tree, although the race to be number one in the Emerald Isle is going to be hard fought and will be great to watch from the sidelines.
Away from players' exploits, you may want to read up on PokerStars making changes to its VIP scheme for UK players, four of Britain's biggest bookmakers being committed to responsible advertising, the Genting Poker Series making some changes to its 2015 tour dates and some of the major events being held at Dusk Till Dawn and in Ireland's capital city of Dublin.
If you can't wait until next week to get your UK & Ireland-centric fix, head over to UK & Ireland PokerNews any time you wish because you're always welcome!