UK & Ireland Round-Up: Rob Tinnion Wins the Sunday Million
Each week, as the weekend approaches, we take a look at the goings on from the United Kingdom and Ireland's poker and gambling worlds. This week there have been big wins, managerial changes, and much more.
Rob Tinnion Wins the PokerStars Sunday Million For Over $210K
In last week's round-up, we reported that Ireland's Marc "sluglife" Macdonnell finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Million. This week, Rob "rtinnion" Tinnion went two places better and won the entire tournament, banking over $210,000 in the process.
Tinnion is a grinder in every sense of the word, playing hundreds of tournaments every week. It's quite fitting that all of his hard work has paid off with a massive score and we're sure that he will put his new, padded bankroll to good use.
Paddy Power Sees 20% Drop in Profits Despite Strong Sportsbook Performance
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power released its financial figures for the past 12 months and they showed a 20 percent drop in profits, despite the rest of the figures making solid reading.
Paddy Power blamed "a slew of punter friendly results" for the fall in profits.
Jareth East Climbs to Fifth in the UK Online Poker Rankings
Following on from his Sunday Million win, Rob Tinnion climbed to 18th in PocketFives' UK online poker rankings and a career-best 157th in the world.
Tinnion wasn't the only player moving in the right direction; Jareth East climbed to fifth in the UK and 52nd in the world.
Leeds' Marcin Milde built on his recent success and is approaching a top 10 birth, while Rhys "floppinhel" Jones ended the week on a high with a five-figure score in the PokerStars Bigger $55.
Best of the British Isles: Leigh Wiltshire 2014 Sky Poker UKPC 6-Max Champion
Leigh Wiltshire turned a £0.01 satellite victory into £110,000 when he won the 2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championship Main Event in Nottingham and instantly became a hero to amateur poker players in the UK.
Stephen Chidwick Returns Top Worldwide GPI Top 10, Matt Davenport Enter UK Top 20
Those of you who follow our coverage of the European Poker Tour and World Series of Poker events will no doubt be familiar with the name Stephen Chidwick, who is one of the best all-round poker players in the world.
Chidwick can be found playing for high stakes around Europe and the United States, racking up huge scores with an almost unnatural frequency.
Recently, Chidwick slipped out of the Global Poker Index's top 10 ranked players, but thanks to a brace of superb results at EPT Barcelona, he has re-entered the top 10 and currently occupies eighth place.
Underage Gambling Still Rife Says UK Gambling Commission
The United Kingdom Gambling Commission has warned license holders that they risk losing their right to offer gambling services after a study found many of them are failing to prevent underage gambling.
A study found that 20 of 40 betting shops and adult gaming centres did nothing to stop an underage test subject from playing on gambling machines, with one betting shop not even having any staff present at the time of the random test.
Paddy Power Promote From Within; Andy McCue Appointed CEO
In May, 2014, Paddy Power CEO, Patrick Kennedy, revealed that he was stepping down from his role after 10 successful years in charge of the Irish bookmaker. Investors reacted negatively to the news and four percent of the company's value was wiped out.
This week, investors reacted positively at the news Andy McCue was taking over at the top. Find out why, here.