With the year coming to an end very soon, we thought we would list what we feel were the biggest achievements made in 2012. Each of these achievements were what will make 2012 an unforgettable year, a year which will be difficult to better in 2013.
Marvin Rettenmaier Wins Back To Back WPT Titles
Marvin Rettenmaier had the best year of his poker career in 2012, with him winning a total of four major live events and consistently getting paid in many other events. His biggest achievement of the year however was when he won two WPT Main Events in a row.
He became the first player to have ever done this when he won both the WPT $25k Championship and the very next WPT event at the WPT Merit Classic.
Phil Helllmuth First Player To Have Won Both The WSOP and WSOPE Main Events
Phil Hellmuth is quite used to holding records, with him already being the world’s most decorated player with regards to WSOP bracelets. 2012 though so him become the first player to have won the WSOP Main Event and the European equivalent WSOPE Main Event.
By winning the World Series Of Poker Europe event, he took home the title, bracelet and around $1.3 million. He claims it was the best poker that he had ever played and brought his total WSOP bracelets up to 13.
Shaun Deeb Wins Four SCOOP Titles
Shaun Deeb also broke records in 2012, with him becoming the first player to win four events at the PokerStars SCOOP. Those wins brought him a total of $172k, with victories in the $2,000 HORSE, $2,100 Seven Card Stud, $2,100 Stud Hi/Lo and the $2,100 Triple Stud.
Whilst this was an online series, the fact that he managed to win four titles in such a short period of time ensured he won lots of admirers amongst his fellow pros.
Greg Raymer Wins Four HPT Titles In Four Months
Greg Raymer had almost become a forgotten man of poker, as he had not won a major event since way back in 2004 when he won the WSOP Main Event. However, in 2012 he showed the world that he had not lost it and won an amazing four Heartland Poker Tour events. Those wins brought him total of $372k whilst they also made everybody sit up and take notice; Raymer is certainly going to be one of the players to watch out for in 2013.
Greg Merson Wins WSOP Main Event
Merson achieved what most poker players can only dream about when he won the most prestigious event in 2012. His win brought him a cheque of $8.5 million, whilst he had already won $1.1 million by winning one of the side events.
On the final table at the WSOP, Merson came out on top against a fairly inexperienced field to eventually defeat Jesse Sylvia to be crowned the 2012 Main Event champion.