Merry Christmas all, we do hope that Santa brought you everything that you wanted! You have now probably unwrapped all of your presents getting ready for the biggest meal of the year and are happily glugging down whatever alcohol that you can get your hands on. but whilst you do so you should check out our second part of our review of the year that is almost concluded.
We will be taking a look at all of the action that occurred between May and August with the biggest tournament series the World Series of Poker being right at the centre of it. Please enjoy and have a glass of wine on us!
May was a big month for poker as it saw the start of the World Series Of Poker which was to be played out right up until July, the first ever ISPT played out at Wembley and the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final. The WSOP and ISPT started right at the end of the month and had the majority of the events played out in June so we will let you know the big winners in the next month.
The EPT was started and finished up in May though and it brought the usual big winners. Steve O’Dwyer claimed the Main Event title and a payout of $1,599,868 whilst the High Roller and Super High Roller were won by Steve Silverman and Max Altergott for $1,004,391 and $2,267,360 respectively.
if you want to get in my winners photo, get over here now
— steveodwyer (@steveodwyer) May 12, 2013
Sweet! I won!
— Steven Silverman (@Zugwat) May 12, 2013
June saw the 44th edition of the World Series of Poker really start to rumble on with many big names claiming bracelets for themselves in June. Among them were David Vamplew, Matt Waxman, Cliff Josephy, Mike Matusow, Tom Schneider, Mark Radoja, Davidi Kitai, Martin Finger and Jason Duval. Tom Schneider actually won two to herald an excellent month for him.
I had to win 2 bracelets to finally get someone on LinkedIn to endorse me for “poker skills”. #Toughcrowd.
— Tom Schneider (@DonkeyBomber) June 19, 2013
Other events that were played out in June were the PokerStars GuangDong Asia which crowned Niklas Heinecker the champion and new owner of $4,464,516 and the ISPT London which was eventually won by Jakub Michalak for a payout of $566,539.
It was all about the World Series Of Poker in July as we saw the start of the Main Event and the November Nine established. The WSOP finished up on the 15th of July and by that time we had seen many more bracelet winners including Erick Lindgren, Jeff Madsen, Steve Gross, Jesse Martin, Barny Boatman, Eli Elezra, Loni Harwood and Daniel Alaei.
Thanks for all the love and congratulations guys. You’re chocking me up. When do we get back to trying to take each other’s money? XXX
— Barny Boatman (@barnyboatman) June 30, 2013
Fans wanted a pic. There she is pic.twitter.com/mt3QqlkREV
— Loni Harwood (@Luscious_Lon) July 8, 2013
After the World Series of poker was over with, many of the players decided to take a break from the game. We do not blame them really as with so many events crammed into such a short space of time means lots of hard graft.
For the final month of part 2 of this yearly review we had the Full Tilt Poker UKIPT Galway Poker Festival and the PokerStars Macau Poker Cup as the main highlights for August. The Full Tilt Galway festival was the first of its kind and it attracted many top pros to take part. The big winners at this event included Gus Hansen after he won the UK vs. Ireland Challenge and Alan Gold who took down the UKIPT Main Event for $250,054.
— Gus Hansen (@GusHansen) August 9, 2013
— Gus Hansen (@GusHansen) July 30, 2013
The Macau Poker Cup on the other hand brought its very own new champion as Britain’s Tom Alner came away with the Main Event title for a payout of $98,239.
That’s just about it for part 2 but be sure to join us on New Year’s Day for part 3 in which we will be documenting the highlights from the last third of the year between October and December.