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The Poker Year In Review - January 2012

The New Year Brings Big Money Wins And Some Significant Departures In The World Of Poker

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Ben Lamb2012 got under with with the crowing of two new champions – Jason Wheeler wins Online Player of the Year and Ben Lamb is Player of the Year.

They’re quickly followed by Dave Shallow winning the World Poker Tour Dublin and Viktor Blom taking down the PCA Super High Roller

In business Gabi Campos steps down as CEO of PokerStars and John Duthie, the European Poker Tour impresario, also departed the company.

Payment processor Ira Rubin enters a plea agreement in Black Friday case while Zynga acknowledges it was eyeing up real money gambling as its share price tanked.

Briton James Akenhead wins the Sunday Million for €212,000 and Dan Smith kicked off what would become a memorable year with a win in the Aussie Millions $100K challenge for just over AUD$1 Million

Phil Ivey returns to the felt and scoops the $250K Challenge for just over AUD$2 Million while Oliver Spidel wins the main event for AUD$1.6 million.

Denmark got regulated, online poker after bwin.party did a deal with state-owned Danske Spil.

Victor Chandler was rebranded as BetVictor and Nottingham, England’s Dusk Till Dawn hosts Europe’s largest ever tournament with 2,089 entries .