UK & Ireland PokerNews Round-Up: A Big Win for Ireland's Marc Macdonnell
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Every online poker player worth their salt wants to reach the final table of the PokerStars Sunday Million and then put themselves in a position for a massive score. Last Sunday, Marc Macdonnell did just that when he navigated his way to the final table of online poker's largest weekly tournament.
Macdonnell, who plays at PokerStars as "14alonso14," held a substantial chip lead withe only five players remaining in the Sunday Million and was able to lock up almost first place money when a deal was eventually struck. Macdonnell fell in third place, but not before securing a career-best score of over $196,000.
British professional cash game player, Bren Lenton, has embarked on a journey that is going to see him win hundreds of thousands of dollars — or possibly lose it — after challenging himself to win at least 100 buy-ins at pot-limit Omaha within a 31-day timeframe.
Lenton's challenge is made even more difficult by the fact he had to play games with blinds of at least $5/$10, which are frequented by some of the game's elite. The likes of Ben "ben86" Tollerene and Team PokerStars Online Isaac Haxton have bet substantial amounts against Lenton, who could win $200,000 if he reaches his lofty goal.
Cash game players are expected to descend on Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham in droves after the club launched a 24-hour cash game weekend. The popular poker club opened at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night and remains open until 5:00 a.m. on Monday morning, during which there will be cash games running all day with stakes starting as low as £1/£1 and increasing past £25/£50 in the Trickett's Room high roller suite.
2007 World Series of Poker fifth-place finish Jon Kalmar is the man behind the weekender, which you can find out more about here.
Yorkshireman Rick Trigg has joined an elite group of players who can brag about having won $5 million from online poker tournaments. Trigg surpassed the $5 million barrier last week thanks to victories at PokerStars and a runner-up finish in The Hot $75, and of course because he's ridiculously good at the game!
Trigg is currently ranked second in the UK and fifth in the world according to PocketFives.com, ahead of greats like Patrick Leonard, Chris Moorman and Toby Lewis.
The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) has been doing the rounds in the UK for eight seasons now, but it has never been to the UK's third-largest city during that time. That is all set to change when it heads to Leeds at the start of September for a four-day festival that includes a £100,000 ($166,000) guaranteed Main Event that costs £500+£50 ($830 +$83) to enter.
Stephen Chidwick is one of the best poker players in the world, one who is a beast at any game he plays, be it no-limit hold'em, seven-card stud or anything that involves cards and chips.
Chidwick had sat at the top of the UK's Global Poker Index since the 2013 World Series of Poker, but recently slipped out of the worldwide top 10 after a disappointing — by his lofty standard — run of results. After being the final table bubble boy in a €2,000 side event at European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona and then reaching the finale of the €10,300 High Roller (also at EPT Barcelona), Chidwick looks set to climb back into the top 10 where he belongs and from there, who knows how high he can climb.
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