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The Poker Year In Review - September 2012

Antonio Esfandiari Does It Again, Partouche Poker Tour Makes PR Boo Boo, And Russian Player Freerolls His Way To $1 Million


Antonio EsfandiariAntonio Esfandiari wins his third bracelet of 2012 at the World Series of Poker Europe.

David Benyamine is the latest International Stadiums Poker Tour ambassador followed by Patrik Antonius and Liz Lieu.

Full Tilt Poker begins re-hiring staff.

Sam Trickett and part ways.

Olivier Busquet wins the World Championship of Online Poker Heads Up High Roller for $224,000.

Beleagured Everest Poker abandons its own network to join iPoker while BetVictor Poker moves from the Entraction network to Microgaming.

European Poker Tour Denmark champion Mickey Petersen wins the English Poker Open for £78,000.

Robin Keston wins the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour main event for £84,000.

The Partouche Poker Tour made one of the biggest PR bungles ever seen in poker when it refused to accept it had guaranteed a tournament for €5 million – in the face of all the evidence – only to back pedal and ‘reinstate’ the guarantee which left a sour taste in may people’s mouths.

Soon after Ole Schimion won the main event for €736,000.

Full Tilt Poker's Howard LedererThe U.S. government released details of where the Full Tilt Poker money went, laying bare the extent of the $443 million fraud.

Matthew Salsberg wins World Poker Tour Grand Prix De Paris for $515,000.

In one of the more bizarre pieces of business the online poker world has ever seen International Game Technology kills the Entraction network which it bought for $115 million 18 months previously.

One of the feelgood stories of the year saw a Russian low-stakes player turn $0 into $1 million when he won the World Championship of Online Poker main event.