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The Poker Year In Review - October

The World Series of Poker Europe Hits France For The First Time


Michael MizrachiJulian Thew won his third Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) title topping a field of 145 for a payday of £42,740.

A total of 691 players entered the EPT London main event, with German pro Benny Spindler left holding the trophy alongside the £750,000 first-place prize.

The World Series of Poker Europe got underway in Cannes and it was a move (from London) which suited barman Guillaume Humbert down to the ground. The Swiss man took down the first of seven bracelet events, the €2,500 sixhanded no-limit hold’em tournament, for a payday of €215,999 ($288,899).

Steve Billirakis earned his second gold bracelet and €147,171 ($202,587) in the €5,000 pot-limit Omaha championship while Australian Andrew Hinrichsen took down event no.2, a €1,090 no-limit hold’em event for €148,030 ($202,386) top prize.

Michael Mizrachi topped a field of 125 to take home the first-place prize of €336,008 plus his second gold bracelet (in two years) in the €10,400 buy-in no-limit hold’em split format tournament.

The €1,620 buy-in sixhanded pot-limit Omaha tournament attracted 339 players and was won by Philippe Boucher, a Quebec-born Canadian living in Vegas, who lifted €124,584 for his victory.

In the main event New Yorker Elio Fox triumphed over a record field of 592 in the €10,000 buy-in main event to take home the title, his first bracelet, and the top prize of €1.4 million ($1,927,310).

Russian student Andrey Pateychuk emerged unscathed from a tough field of 831 to become champion of the European Poker Tour San Remo Season 8. Pateychuk, who first came to the poker world’s attention by finishing 15th in this year’s World Series of Poker main event, takes down his first title and, due to a deal made heads up, €680,000 for first place.

Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson were voted into the Poker Hall of Fame as the 2011 class. Both were also nominated in 2009 and 2010.

In business 888 Holdings, owner and operator of 888 Poker, saw business to consumer (B2C) poker revenue up 120 percent to US$18 million in the third quarter of 2011 from just $8 million in the same period of 2010 while up to 180 staff at Full Tilt’s Dublin-based subsidiary, Pocket Kings, were made redundant.

Sportingbet Plc, the online gaming operator which owns saw its full year (to end July 2011) gross poker revenue drop 18.5 percent to £17.7 million from £21.7 million last year.