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The Poker Year In Review - October 2012

Phil Hellmuth Makes It 13, Greg Raymer Makes It Three, Greg Merson Makes It Two And Howard Lederer Returns


Phil HellmuthBlack Friday payment processor Chad Elie gets five months in jail for his part in a conspiracy to defraud banks.

Michael Watson wins €50,000 World Series of Poker Europe High Roller event for €1 million.

Phil Hellmuth makes history with his 13th bracelet victory at the WSOP Europe, in the main event no less and for €1,022, 376.

Former World Poker Tour winner Vadim Trincher sues for $6 million over damp and mold in his $5 million Trump Tower apartment in New York.

Former Full Tilt Poker owner Howard Lederer returns to the felt amid heightened security and death threats.

German Benny Spindler wins the €10,000 buy in European Poker Tour San Remo High Roller event for €253,000 while Frenchman Ludovic Lacay took down €744,000 in the main event.

Gus Hansen rejoins Full Tilt Poker as a sponsored pro followed by Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom as part of The Professionals.

William Hill and GVC agree to buy Sportingbet, owner of Paradise Poker.

Eric Drache and Brian “Sailor” Roberts are inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

Dan Smith continues his amazing rush winning more than first place prize money was supposed to get in the PokerStars Sunday Million.

Greg RaymerGreg Raymer raises eyebrows with a third Heartland Poker Tour victory in one season.

Zynga succumbs to the inevitable and partners with to launch real-money poker in the UK .

Greg Merson wins his second bracelet of 2012 and the small matter of over $8.5 million in the WSOP main event final table.

Tim Hartmann from Germany wins the Irish Winter Festival for €100,000 in Dublin.