With Christmas and the New Year finally upon us we thought that we would take a look back at the last twelve months worth of action in order to reminisce on all of the key wins throughout the year. It was another sensational year of poker so please enjoy our little review on what has gone down across three parts over this festive season.
This is part one with parts two and three coming both tomorrow and then on New Year’s Day. We are sure you are going to remember some of the fantastic moments felt by some of the best poker players in the world.
January was as usual all about one event in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, with the action proven to be just as exciting as we have all come to expect. There were big events, big fields and big winners to be found and all in a glorious climate in the Bahamas.
We saw PokerStars Team Pro Vanessa Selbst break records by winning the PCA $25k High Roller for $1,424,420 to become the highest earning female player of all time, Scott Seiver won the $100k Super High Roller for $2,003,480 and Dimitar Danchev came out on top in the Main Event for a payout of $1,859,000.
For Vanessa Selbst it was a great to kick off the year, especially having just announcing her engagement to her girlfriend during the PCA’s.
Ran hotter than the sun. Won the tournament. Thanks for the support.
— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) January 15, 2013
Before Selbst had won that event it was Scott Seiver that was the player celebrating after taking down the Super High Roller in glorious fashion.
Won the SHR — Scott Seiver (@scott_seiver) January 8, 2013
The Main Event is the one that most players dream most about winning and on this occasion it was the Bulgarian pro who scooped the title, his first EPT after coming close as runner up in a previous EPT Sanremo Main Event.
Keep calm and pass me the chips #PCA10
— Dimitar Danchev (@dimitar_danchev) January 12, 2013
Although the Aussie Millions started up in the middle of January, the big winners were all revealed in February, as one of the most popular events on the poker calendar brought us many more big winners. Mervin Chan walked away with the Main Event victory for a payout of $1,664,000 whilst the other big winners at the event included Andrew Robl, who took down the $100k Challenge for $1,000,000 and Sam Trickett once again proved his ability in the High Roller events by taking down the $250k Challenge for $2,000,000.
Wow i actually won. — Andrew Robl (@Andrew_Robl) January 28, 2013
Also in February was the European Poker Tour Deauville with the biggest winners proving to be Remi Castaignon after he took home $1,041,569 for winning the Main Event and Vojtech Ruzicka after he claimed victory in the High Roller event for $418,824.
March also brought us plenty of poker action too as we saw both the World Poker Tour London and European Poker Tour Season 10 London festival too. The English capital city was full of action for a number of weeks for the first of two times in 2013. First up was the EPT London where the big winners were Ruben Visser after he walked away with the Main Event title, along with his payout of $887,231 and the High Roller winner Talel Shakerchi who claimed $656,377 for his troubles.
— Ruben Visser (@rubenrtv) March 16, 2013
With regards to the WPT in London it was Reece Lewis that stormed to the championship win and took home a very nice $120,900 for his reward.
Despite there being a number of events being held in April, the month was all about the inaugural World Series Of Poker Asia Pacific. Players could not only have the honour of winning events here, but also the honour of being the first to do so. The player that took down the most important one of all was the much loved PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu after he claimed his fifth WSOP bracelet when he won the Main Event for $1,097,209.
That was followed up by an impressive display by Philipp Gruissem in the High Roller event in which he secured winnings of $866,539 for his memorable victory.
That’s about it for the first part though we are sure you will have had some memories stirred about some of the superb poker action in the early part of 2013. Tomorrow will see part two in which we will be looking back at May, June, July and August.