How are you all feeling? We can imagine that many of you are suffering a little bit after the usual New Year celebrations involving far too much alcohol and plenty of partying. However, what better way to take the edge off that hangover by reminiscing on the poker action from the year that has just gone?
This is our third and final recap on 2013 and after going back over the year it is going to be a tough act for 2014 to follow. We are confident though of many more great moments to come this year starting with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in just a few days time.
The first month of the final quarter of the year was obviously September and although the EPT Barcelona started in the last week of August, the big winners were not revealed until the first week in September. There were many events that took place but it was the Super High Roller, High Roller and of course the Main Event that were the ones that attracted the high quality fields that we all love.
The Super High Roller brought in the best names in the business and was eventually won by Vitaly Lunkin who claimed a payout of $1,025,829 after defeating Erik Seidel heads-up.
The High Roller almost marked another big win for Daniel Negreanu in 2013, but he could only finish as runner up to Thomas Muhlocker who claimed $512,583 for his supreme efforts at the felt.
Finished 2nd. Lost 44 vs AA, 44 vs 99 then AQ vs AK. Wouldn't have done anything differently at all. Oh well, party time it is!
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) September 7, 2013
The Main Event was won by the British Pro Tom Middleton after he overcame a tough final table and Kimmo Kurko during heads up to take home $1,245,472.
We got 'em!! Thanks for all the support!
— tom middleton (@hitthehole) September 7, 2013
October was a massive month for poker as the EPT and WPT moved to London and we also had the European version of the World Series of Poker. The EPT London brought us wins for Martin Finger in the Super High Roller for $1,313,600, Jason Lavelle in the High Roller for $571,357 and Robin Ylitalo in the Main Event for $902,170.
The WSOPE on the other hand was another highly anticipated event that brought many more winners. The two biggest were of course Adrian Mateos Diaz in the Main Event for a score of $1,368,663 and that man again Daniel Negreanu who added his sixth career bracelet after winning the High Roller for $999,144.
Thank you ALL for your support- I WON! I am on cloud right now and love each and every one of you. Even those of you who hate me haha
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) October 25, 2013
November was the month that we saw the end of WSOP 2013 with the final table of the November Nine being played and Ryan Riess taking the first place. We also saw the PokerStars Asia Championship of Poker and the first ever PokerStars UKIPT Isle of Man. The ACOP is the most popular tournament series held over in Macau and this year’s edition again brought in the big names. The Main Event saw the Main Event won by Sunny Jung for $561,548 whilst the High Roller went to Sen man Ung for $527,316. As for the first ever UKIPT event on PokerStars homeland of the Isle Of Man, it was a great festival of poker that brought plenty of poker, fun and partying for the players and staff alike. The Main Event was taken down by Duncan McLellan for $149,773 and the High Roller was claimed by Max Silver for $33,125.
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS MY FRIENDS
— Ryan Riess (@RyanRiess1) November 6, 2013
The final part of the year as you may already be aware was all about the Czech capital of Prague as the EPT again closed out the year in style. The event has always proved popular, but this year surprised everyone as the field for the Main Event made it the largest ever EPT Main Event held in the city.
The big winners this time around were Ivan Soshnikov who came out on top of Olivier Busquet to claim the title and $525,558 first place prize in the High Roller and Julien Track who won his first ever live event in the Main Event for a cash of $996,170.
That’s about it for 2013 and we can all now look forward to even more poker action in 2014. You are now permitted to continue with your hangovers and having a bit of a lazy day on the first day of the year.