Sunday, March 20, saw the Sunday Million celebrate its 10th anniversary by bumping the guarantee up to a whopping $10 million. While it wasn't a player from the United Kingdom who took down the top prize, which ended up being $970,000 after a four-way chop, a British player did walk away with a potentially life-changing score.
"ThreeBetting" of the UK saw his tournament end in fifth place, which meant his likely $215 investment (if no reentries were had) had ballooned to some $318,415. This was by far the largest cash haul enjoyed by any player calling the UK or Ireland home, but there were plenty of other superb results enjoyed by our players, and you can read all about them in the Sunday Briefing.
Some of those big Sunday scores caused a reshuffle of the online poker rankings, where Scott "Aggro Santos" Margereson climbed to second place in the UK and a career high of 16th in the world. Check out the top 20 ranked players in the UK and Ireland via this link.
In the live arena, Romania celebrated its first-ever World Poker Tour (WPT) main event champion when Vlad Darie came out on top in the WPT Vienna Main Event. It is unlikely that a Romania poker player will win the 2016 Irish Open Main Event, mostly because of the sheer number of Irish players and British grinders in the field. At time of writing, the €1,100 Irish Open Main Event's Day 1a was complete and the second and final starting flight well underway.
Poker tournament lovers who have enjoyed playing on the partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) received some great news this week, news that the GPPT Mini is launching. This new tour sees a$109 Main Event, like the full size GPPT, which has a $50,000 guarantee. A total of 20 stops around the UK have been confirmed, with Dusk Till Dawn and partypoker saying there will be more stops added in the not too distant future.
Shortly after the first GPPT Mini tournament concludes, the PokerStars UKIPT London festival kicks off at the Hippodrome Casino. There are 13 events scheduled across six-days, with the £770 UKIPT London Main Event, which has three starting days, and the £2,200 High Roller set to attract some of the best British poker talent to the iconic casino.
UK & Ireland PokerNews continued to look at the Global Poker League's franchises by delving deeper into the Las Vegas Moneymakers and the Sao Paulo Metropolitans. Who do you think both team's managers will pick as their wildcards?
Finally, the cost of 888 Holdings, owner of 888poker, failing in their bid to acquire bwin.party came to light this week when the company announced it end-of-year figures. $14.3 million was the figure given, with an additional $50 million paid in new taxation, the latter being an increase of 216 percent.