APAT Back For Seventh Season

APAT Season 7No matter the activity in life, it can be all too easy to focus on the big names and the star players. When there is big money involved, people will inevitably look towards the top players but one of the best things about poker is that it is open for everyone. On the right day with the right turn of cards, a lowly player can take out a massive name, which is something that is not always available in other activities and sports. By and large the big name poker player will take care of the smaller poker player but there can be occasions where the lesser known player wins.

However, there is a lot to be said for providing amateur poker players with their own events and this is exactly what the Amateur Poker Association & Tour is doing. This summer has seen the commencement of the 7th season of the APAT and there are plenty of great poker events to look forward to. The season got off to a cracking start, piggybacking onto the ISPT event at Wembley Stadium on the 1st of June. This Saturday event allowed players the chance to grace Wembley and join in the fun. Big name poker players were looking to play for the top prize that promised €1m but for amateur poker players, there was still plenty at stake.

This season is seventh heaven for APAT

APAT Live Tour

There is going to be a stop-off in Prague and in Las Vegas but by and large, this season is going to give UK poker players the chance to stay close to home and take part in some major poker events. The next event takes place at the end of June at the G Casino Coventry when the APAT English Amateur Poker Championship takes place. The following weekend, Saturday the 3rd of August, Welsh poker players get their opportunity to get involved with the APAT Welsh Amateur Poker Championship which is taking place at the G Casino in Cardiff. There is then a run of events at the end of August taking place in the Dusk Till Dawn club in Nottingham. This is one of the premier poker venues in the UK and there are seven different events taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Gala in Bristol plays host to the LPPL Players Championship on Saturday the 7th of September and then on Saturday the 28th of September, the APAT Irish Amateur Poker Championship is played out in Dublin. The Celtic cousins are in action the following weekend as well as the Alea Casino in Glasgow plays host to the APAT Scottish Amateur Poker Championship.

That is all of the UK events for 2013 but with two foreign jaunts to end the year and then plenty more poker events lined up for the first half of 2014, this seventh season of the APAT is sure to be an exciting one for amateur poker players everywhere, which means that everyone gets a chance to be a winner.

Still No Luck For UK Players At WSOP

Daniel CascadoGiven the amount of poker players from around the world who are trying their luck at the WSOP in Las Vegas, it is no great surprise that there are no British or Irish players amongst the winners just yet. There are still plenty of events to go do hopes are still high that there may be some success to come but as of yet, there have been no stories of UK triumph. This is not to say that there haven’t been great performances from UK and Irish players though. There are plenty of players from here over who have performed well over there, grabbing cash finishes and making it through to the latter stages of the tournaments.

If you are looking for a hard luck story, what about Daniel Cascado in the 24th event of the WSOP, a No Limit Hold ‘Em game? Daniel made it through to the final head to head but sadly he was defeated by US player Corey Harrison. It would have been to cheer on a winning player from Birmingham, England at the WSOP but sadly Harrison hailed from Birmingham, Alabama. Harrison took a prize of more than $430,000 which meant that Cascado had to settle for a mere $267,452 for his second place finish!

Big poker money coming back to the UK

Another big UK finish fell to James Park, who came third in the 22nd event, which was a Pot Limit Omaha game. This time the UK player did hail from Birmingham and finishing in third place, behind Americans Josh Pollock and Noah Schwartz, saw Park take home $108,196.

Other big finishes during the past week include Stephen Chidwick finishing 6th in a Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better game, which saw him bag $43,120. In the same big game where Daniel Cascado finished second, Britain grabbed 7th and 8th place too. Zimnan Ziyard was in 7th place earning $54,191 and Gareth Teatum was one place behind in 8th, earning $41,198.

WSOP 2013 While there are many professional poker players taking part in the WSOP, there are also plenty of players that have scrimped and saved all year to take part in some of the smaller tournaments. Being able to play in the WSOP in Las Vegas is clearly a dream come true for many players and hopefully every UK and Irish player that has made it all the way to Sin City will have a brilliant time. Winning and doing well is brilliant but at times like these, sometimes it is the taking part that is the most important thing.

After all, if you are sat here reading about the exploits of the UK poker players that tried their best, wouldn’t you rather be in their shoes than your slippers? The 2014 WSOP may be a long way away but it is never too early to start dreaming about what may happen. Hopefully you can take influence and inspiration from the great poker displays that so many UK and Irish players have delivered so far. Also, hopefully there will be some more successes and perhaps even at least one title triumph before the 2013 WSOP comes to an end!

Top European Poker Player Admits UK Football Following

Theo JorgensenIt is perfectly understandable that poker players will have interests outside of poker. There is no doubt that the top players in the game will have a great deal of focus on improving their skills and becoming a better player but players need to be able to unwind and step away from the game. Many poker players like to follow a sport and this is where football comes to the fore of popular activities.

It is understandable that UK poker players will follow British football teams. Players like Sam Trickett wear their football hearts on their sleeves and most in the poker community know who they support. Trickett had genuine hopes of becoming a footballer but injury stopped him from achieving that dream but he recently played and scored twice in a prestigious match at Old Trafford. As a huge Manchester United fan, that would have been a big day out for Trickett.

However, it is not just British poker players that support British football teams. The worldwide appeal of some of the biggest clubs in the country means that it is inevitable that some foreign poker players will have a fondness for British football teams and this is exactly the case with Theo Jorgensen.

Poker success is different from football success

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Jorgensen was born in Denmark and there are plenty of great Danish sides he can support. It should also be remembered that Denmark have won a major international trophy, The European Championships in 1992, more recently than England has managed to win anything. However, even with all of this in mind, Jorgensen, is a fan of Liverpool as opposed to being a fan of a local club. The thing is, for people of a certain age group, Liverpool are an obvious team to support given that they had a dominance in Europe for so many years.

When asked why he supports Liverpool, the era that Jorgensen fell in love with the club becomes apparent and it is nothing to do with Torres or Suarez! Jorgensen said;

I support Liverpool for various reasons, some of them are named Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy, Alan Kennedy, Sammy Lee and the big one: Jan Mølby.

This was an era when Liverpool were at the top of their game domestically and in Europe and no doubt there are many men around Europe of the same age as Jorgensen who back Liverpool. Of course, very few other men have a WSOP bracelet and a WPT title to their name but when it comes to backing a football club, everyone is equal! There are more chances of Theo Jorgensen winning titles regularly than Liverpool have these days but you can bet if he plays on Merseyside or in the UK, Theo will never walk alone.

Day 2 Of Marbella UKIPT Event Goes Well

UKIPT MarbellaGiven that over 760 poker players have taken part in the UKIPT Marbella event, it has been a great achievement to make it to the end of Day 2. Every player that has made it through to this level will be guaranteed of taking away a couple of thousand euros for their trouble but once you get to this stage, you want to keep going as much as possible. Of course, every poker player will say this and there will be a great deal of competition to make it to the big money stages.

One poker player that has given himself every chance of making it through to the big money positions at the UKIPT event in Marbella is Chris Derrick. This is because Chris is the chip leader at the end of Day 2 with 1,017,000 chips, making him the only player to smash through the million chip barrier at this stage. This will provide Chris with a bit of leeway but of course; this position is no guarantee of any future success or provides him with too much confidence about making it big in Marbella.

In saying that, Chris has shown that he has the skill, capabilities and nerve to do what it takes in this style of poker event. He managed to take fifth place in Edinburgh at the Main Event of the UKIPT leg in January of this year and then in February 2013, he grabbed a 25th place finish in Cork. This was for a small cash amount of €1,710 but with the Edinburgh success giving him over £20,000, Chris knows what it takes to be the player that walks away with a great deal of money at the end of a poker session. He knows he will be taking some cash away with him when he leaves Marbella but he will be looking to grab as much money as possible.

Plenty of poker chips left to play for

Chris Derrick

At the end of Day 2, the top ten ranked players in the tournament were, beginning with Chris Derrick at number one with 1,017,000 chips, as follows. In second place was Ludovic Geilich who held 689,000 chips while Miguel Abellan Hernando held 669,000 chips in third place. In fourth place was Lucas Blanco Oliver with 648,000 chips while Jesus Arroyo Rodriguez was in fifth spot with 602,000 chips. In 6th spot was Fernando Curto with 554,000 chips and in 7th place was Dara O’Kearney with 536,000 chips. In 8th place was Stuart McDonald with 528,000 chips, in 9th position was Renzo Cambianica with 519,000 chips and in 10th spot was James Mitchell with 473,000 chips.

The top 10 had two UK players and one Irish player as well as 4 Spanish, 1 German, 1 Italian and 1 Australian player. This is not a bad spread of events but the Marbella influence certainly came to the four with the 4 Spanish players although the 2 UK players and 1 Irish players help to keep the flavour of the UKIPT event alive.

Big Numbers For Day 1b Of UKIPT Marbella Event

UKIPT MarbellaEven though a great deal of the focus and attention on the ISPT Wembley event fell on the numbers (and lack of attendees), it would be fair to say that some poker events have been achieving great success with respect to pulling in the punters. This has definitely been the case at the Marbella UKIPT event, which says a lot for the reputation that the event has managed to develop for itself.

There were some eyebrows raised at the fact that the cap for Day 1B was being set at 350 but to be honest, plenty of poker events have announced lofty expectations. What really made a difference with this one came with the fact that the cap was smashed with 411 players getting involved with the second of the Day 1 events. This indicates that there is a great demand for live poker tournaments and even the fact that the UK and Irish Poker Tour took the bold move of getting out of the country and playing on foreign shores didn’t harm the turnout. In fact, it may even have brought about a great number of benefits!

A lot of poker players missed out

With 411 players taking part at the beginning of the event, it was inevitable that a lot of players had to be cut. By the end of Day 1B, there were 127 players making their way through to the Day 2 event. The chip leader on Day 1B also managed to grab the title of chip leader for the complete tournament. This prestigious title fell to Nick Boehler who was able to grab a total of 231,700 chops. We all know that a lead at the beginning of Day 2 counts for nothing but you’d rather have the chips than not have them so Nick will be playing on with a bit of confidence.

Leo MargetsGiven that so many players failed to make the cut from Day 1B, it was no surprise that a number of major names fell by the wayside. Leo Margets and Gregorz Mikiekewicz were knocked out, leaving them to think about what might have been. Given that the event is a UKIPT event, some of the big UK names still involved in the tournament include Surinder Sunar and Martins Aeniya, who will still be harbouring dreams of big success. Some poker players will be looking forward to the UKIPT Cork event in August but plenty of poker players still have high hopes for Marbella success.

Dusk Till Dawn Getting Back To Reality

Dusk Till Dawn LogoWhile the start of the summer for the Dusk Till Dawn club was very much about promoting and getting fully behind the ISPT Wembley event, it has been very much business as usual when it comes to the club and online events. The thing is though, you wouldn’t have known this from a casual look at their site because so much of the time and energy of the site has been devoted towards making the ISPT as big as hit as they possibly can. Now that the major event is finished, there is a need for the company and club to get back to doing what they do best, which is promoting great poker events every week!

Last year, Dusk Till Dawn had a great deal of success with their Deepstack events which had a guaranteed £50,000 prize on offer for the £150+£18 buy-in. This year, perhaps mindful of the money that many players have already spent on DTD and the ISP, the buy-in has actually been reduced. This means that the buy-in for this summer’s Deepstack events are levelled at £100+£15 but the guaranteed prize on offer is still at £50,000. This is a tremendous gesture by the club and it should be one that many poker players enjoy and take advantage of.

Keep busy this summer by playing poker

The next big event to look out for is next week but the online satellite events will be taking place from Sunday the 16th of June while Day 1A begins with an online tournament on Monday the 17th of June. There is another online day on Tuesday the 18th of June, and Day 1B starts at 8.30pm, the same time as the Day 1A start-time. There is a bit of respite with Day 1C not coming until Friday the 21st of June and the start time for this event is 7pm and the Day 1D event, scheduled for Saturday the 22nd of June will have a 5pm start-time. This is a long build up to get to Day 2, which takes place on Sunday the 23rd of June with a start time of 2pm.

The introduction of the online Day 1’s will be a positive thing and given that the DTD club is shut on Monday and Tuesday, this makes perfect sense. There is a blending of online and offline capabilities from many clubs these days and there is no doubt that Dusk Till Dawn is at the forefront of this in the UK poker community.

UK Players Cashing In At WSOP

WSOP 2013With so many poker players from around the world descending on Las Vegas for the 2013 WSOP, it is no surprise to find that there are plenty of players from the UK and Ireland involved in the mix. Of course, when you have so many American players involved at the tournament it is always going to be difficult to make an impact but we are glad to say that over the first 20 events that have been played out so far, there have been a lot of UK players picking up the cash. If you ever thought about heading to a major event and just trying your luck, hopefully you can take inspiration from the successes that have already been achieved! The following results were the highlights from the first 5 events at the WSOP.

There is a need to start with David Vamplew, the Fifer who was straight out of the blocks in the second event of the WSOP. This was the No-Limit Hold’em / Eight Handed and he went so far in the tournament that he finished second place! It is always going to be disappointing to get so close to winning a tournament and then missing out but with a big prize of $ 342,450 waiting for you, you can hardly be too upset! Vamplew’s strong finish overshadowed the performance of Peter Gould who did tremendously well to take twentieth position in the event, which bagged him $ 15,824.

Event 3 was a popular one for UK poker players

More UK success was to follow in event 3 at the WSOP, the No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry as eight players made their away into the cash spots. None of these players managed to bag as much money as Gould did but again, any ranking and cash finish at an event like WSOP has to be celebrated. The top Brit was Dermot Blain, who finished in 23rd and received $14,067 for his efforts. Other top players included Sunny Chattha, Andrew Teng, Sam Razavi, David Tighe, David Bland, Jack Salter, and Bruce Shannon.

British FlagThe fourth event of the WSOP 2013, the No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed, saw 5 UK players bag some money that they’ll have to explain when they head home via customs! Martin Malone finished in 23rd place, which was enough to earn him $9,640 while Scott O’Reilly finished in 39th, which earned him $5,599. Craig McCorkell finished in 59th, which earned him $3,997. Sadan Turker finished in 71st place, grabbing $3,391 while Niall Farrell came 79th, taking home $3,117.

The fifth event, the Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or Better, saw a big finish for a UK player as Matthew Ashton finished in 3rd place, which was enough to help him grab $ 86,437. Another UK cash money player for this event was Zimnan Ziayrd who finished in 20th place and earned $ 6,551.

With so much success in the first 5 events at the 2013 WSOP, the bar had been raised for UK players to keep it up and thankfully, they never let us down!

Another Westernmania Event Looms Large

The Western ClubWith a number of really big poker rooms and venues in London, it can be difficult for smaller venues to stand out from the crowd or even just be noticed by poker players. London is such a bustling metropolis that there is room for poker rooms of all sizes and offerings but the smaller poker rooms have to work harder to ensure that they are seen by poker players. This is definitely something that the Western attempts to do and they have created a number of poker events which have caught the attention and the headlines in recent times.

There have been two major Westernmania events this year so far and The Western Club in Acton is pressing ahead with a third before the end of Autumn. The year got off to a bad start when the club promised a big £250,000 guarantee game which it failed to meet and this led to a much more modest offering for Westernmania II. There was a guarantee of £30,000 on offer and this was absolutely smashed, which has no doubt encouraged the organisers to be a little bit more ambitious with their plans for the next event.

Poker prize pool is on the up again

The third Westernmania event is set to have a guaranteed prize fund of £60,000 and the winner is in line to bag a prize of £25,000 at least! This is definitely going to appeal to plenty of poker players and it may well be that the success of the second event is followed up by the third event. The buy in for the event is a £175+£50 deal and all players will begin with 40,000 chips.

Westernmania LogoThere are going to be plenty of ways to get involved and if you are the sort of poker player that likes a number of Day 1 events, you are in luck here. Day 1A takes place on Thursday the 5th of September with an 8pm start-time while Day 1B is on Friday the 6th of September, again starting at 8pm. There are two Day 1 events taking place on Saturday the 7th of September with Day 1C starting at 2pm and then Day 1D kicks off at 8pm. All of which builds neatly onto Sunday the 8th of September which is Day 2 and this event begins at 4pm.

The club released a statement on their current plans;

We have had fantastic feedback from the initial Westernmania and Westernmania II. Even though we didn’t make the numbers for the first guarantee we were very pleased to SMASH the guarantee for WM2 and again the number of new members and returning members that did play and enjoyed our largest ever competition was excellent.

Life Has Been Busy For Liv Boeree

Liv BoereeThe millions of poker players who juggle online playing with a job and real world responsibilities will no doubt be very envious of the poker playing professionals. The select few people that make a living out of playing poker are definitely people that are looked up to and respected. It should be noted that this is a tough old life with plenty of responsibilities but a quick look through Liv Boeree’s recent twitter timeline will tell you what fun it is. It is pretty hectic but it is definitely fun and this is what we should all be looking for in life.

The first of the month fell on a Saturday but there was no easy opportunity for Liv to ease herself into the month. In the morning she was off and running in the 10km Race For Life and Liv was delighted to get around the course in 52 minutes. Given that she was expecting to take more than an hour, this was a definite triumph and it should be seen as being well worth the training the effort. Liv managed to raise a great deal of money for charity, which is the main point of these events.

Trouble struck when Liv tried to play

After the race, there wasn’t much time to kill as Liv was taking part in a $5 + $5 Race For Life charity poker tournament. The fact that the tournament, which was supporting Cancer Research UK, want starting until 7pm should have bought Liv enough time to get ready for the tournament but as her twitter followers found out, this wasn’t to be the case!

Liv was late for her own event as she was stuck in Central London at the time. In this day and age you’d think that logging in on your mobile or tablet device would mean you could play poker anywhere but there was one slight problem with this. Liv had left her computer at home and she was logged in there, which prevented her from logging in on any other device!

Liv eventually got it all sorted and although she entered the tournament late, she still managed to battle her way through to a third place finish! This was not a bad effort at all.

World War ZThe following day was a bit more relaxing as she got to see the world premiere of World War Z but it wasn’t all great news for Liv as she had to put up with a live performance from Muse, which is never a good thing.

With a weekend like this, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Liv was looking forward to a quiet week but before you know it, on Tuesday she was heading off on a plane to Las Vegas for the WSOP! The weather in London took a turn for the better when she was leaving, which is always annoying but anyone flying off to Vegas cannot be envious about what is being left behind.

There was no time to waste though and by Wednesday the 5th of June, Liv was in action with the $1,500 PLH game being her first taste of the 2013 WSOP. This jaunt across the Atlantic meant that Liv was missing out on the sunshine poker break in Marbella for the first leg of the new UKIPT season but you can forgive her missing out on that! Also, with her twitter pictures of her spending a lovely Vegas morning in Red Rock Canyon, you get the feeling that she never really missed out on too much.
There is still plenty of poker to be played at the WSOP and hopefully Liv can keep powering on to success at some point.

Genting Always Offers Strong Poker Options

Genting Casino LogoWith the next leg of the GUKPT set to start on Sunday and the Main Event getting into action a week on Thursday, there is every chance that a lot of poker players will have Genting Casinos on their mind. The Grosvenor G Casino in Reading is the place to be from Sunday for the latest festival poker but not everyone wants to wait that long and of course, not everyone wants to go to Reading. Given that Reading is famous for a music festival and for being the place that David Brent escaped from to live out his dreams in Slough, it is easy to see why Reading is not a top priority of many people.

The thing is though; Genting Casino doesn’t only provide big poker events during the GUKPT, there are Genting Casinos with poker action taking place every day of the week. No matter where you are in the country, there is a very strong chance that there is a Genting Casino that is going to be close to you, serving up some midweek poker action. Whether you just want to keep your hand in or you are looking to make some midweek money, you’ll find that there are plenty of options available to you.

A quick look at Wednesday alone indicates that there are plenty of poker options for players across the country. If you want to get an early start to your poker activities, the Genting in Newcastle will help you out. This is because the club offers a £1,000 guaranteed freeroll game, which starts at 3pm. This event is also providing seats for the GPS Newcastle Mega Satellite so you can really boost your chances of making money by getting involved with this afternoon game.

Freeroll poker is also on offer at the Genting Casino in Torquay and there is a guaranteed £55 on offer in the game which gets underway at 7.30pm. It isn’t a massive prize but for a midweek freeroll that gets you out of the house, it isn’t a poor prize.

Scottish poker players have options too

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There are also plenty of poker options North of the Border too so Scottish poker players shouldn’t feel left out. Glasgow players can get involved with the Wednesday Night £1,500 Guaranteed £25 Freezeout game. A big bonus from this game comes with the fact that all players that make it through to the final table will qualify for the Final Table League VI Playoff Freezeout which is scheduled to take place on the 20th of July.

Across in Edinburgh, players will be taking part in the Wednesday Megastack game where there is £1,000 guaranteed. With Luton, Salford, Blackpool, Brighton, Coventry and Sheffield also getting in on the act with notable poker events on Wednesday, there is an opportunity for poker players everywhere. There are also online Genting tournaments running on Wednesday night so even if you would prefer to play from the comfort of your own home, this is an option. You don’t have to wait until the next GUKPT leg to have some fun with Genting and poker.