The UK & Ireland PokerNews Round-Up is your one-stop shop for all things related to the poker scene in the UK and Ireland. Here are the most popular stories from the past seven days.
Everyone believes that the best poker players in the world come from their own country, but here in the United Kingdom we don't only believe this to be true, we have solid proof that it is the case.
Patrick Leonard's tournament success has been nothing short of phenomenal in 2014. Earlier in the year, he climbed to the top of the PocketFives.com online poker rankings, and this week he reclaimed that number one spot following a string of impressive results. We would not bet against Leonard being top dog once 2014 draws to a close.
Leonard wasn't the only player tasting success this week. "BigTurtle11" helped himself to $141,000 after chopping the PokerStars Sunday Million, while in the live arena David Vamplew narrowly missed out on another live tournament title when he lost heads-up to Martin Smith in the 2014 Genting Poker Series Edinburgh Main Event.
Another player who has been in rich form of late is Andy Taylor, known as "wiisssppppaa" at PokerStars where he spends most of his grinding time. We caught up with Taylor for an exclusive interview to see what makes him tick and how he manages to be so consistent despite having a young family around him.
We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the tournament poker scene in the UK was booming and that boom is set to continue with the upcoming 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Blackpool, Unibet Open London, and the £1,000,000 guaranteed WPT500 taking place in the coming weeks. The latter kicks off on Nov. 9 with the help of championship boxer Carl Froch.
Following on from Playtech revealing solid trading figures, both Betfair and 888 announced superb figures to the city, but it wasn't all great news from the city because William Hill's Manila service center was shut down while an investigation of "illegal gambling activities" took place and the UK Gambling Commission all but ended offshore gambling firms from sponsoring British sports teams.
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