It has been a busy week in the United Kingdom as the poker community attempts to get back to normal after essentially being paused while the 2014 World Series of Poker dominated the headlines.
Two of the most popular poker tours returned after a two-month hiatus, there were plenty of big scores in the online poker world, an interview with one of the most in-form online tournament grinders of the moment, and more have all since taken place. So sit back in your favorite chair, pour yourself a drink, and have a catch-up with what's being going on with our UK & Ireland PokerNews site during the past seven days.
The 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Newcastle Main Event came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday night when Tim Chung went all the way and became the tournament's champion.
Chung's Day 3 started perfectly with him finding pocket aces early on, which he played sneakily and managed to eliminate two players in the same hand. From there, Chung never looked back and he was the worthy champion, defeating Brett Angell heads-up to claim the £32,815 ($55,225) first place prize.
You can read all about the final day's antics over in this special recap of the action.
While Chung was busy battling away in the live arena, plenty of his fellow countrymen were grinding away at the virtual felt in the Sunday majors. One such man, Allan "bigdaft" Peers, was having a whale of a time and hoovering up chips like they were going out of fashion. Peers eventually finished second in The Bigger $162 for $6,525 and followed that up with a runner-up finish in the Sunday Warm-Up for $68,173.50. Add into the mix three other cashes and when all was said and done, Peers had won over $76,000 at PokerStars on Sunday.
Find out how Peers' fellow Brits did in this weekend's Sunday majors in the Sunday Briefing.
Christopher Johnson, better-known in online poker circles as "MAKKAPAKK" after a character in a children's television series in the UK, is in scintillating form right now and gaining a reputation for being one of the best players in the world. Last month, Johnson outlasted a 6,296-strong field in the PokerStars Sunday Million to get his hands on the $191,528.46 prize.
Since his Sunday Million win, Johnson has been going deep in plenty of tournaments, but still had time to sit down with UK & Ireland PokerNews for an exclusive interview, which you can check out here.
Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu is not one to shy away from the media and is always willing to give his opinion on any subject. It is this willingness and his interaction with people via social media that has helped him to become one of the most influential members of the poker community.
A recent study performed by the PokerStars Blog revealed that Negreanu has more influence in social media circles than the legendary Phil Ivey, and when you consider the entire world hang off of every word that passes from Ivey lips, it shows how much power Negreanu has.
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The Berkshire town of Reading may be famous for its annual music festival, but this week it is the sound of riffling chips and dreams being shattered that are echoing around the place.
The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) is in town for the seventh leg of its 2014 tour and it brings with it a £100,000 ($168,300) unconditional guaranteed prize pool.
The £500+£50 ($840+$84) buy-in Main Event should attract a good mixture of professional and recreational players through the doors of the G Casino Reading over the course of the weekend and UK & Ireland PokerNews will have an ear to the ground throughout proceedings and be reporting back their findings until the champion is crowned on Sunday night.