It's been a case of all hands to the pump over at our UK & Ireland PokerNews site this week thanks to a mixed bag of stories that needed precious airtime. We had the usual array of big wins and bags of positivity mixed in with news of major changes, casinos suing customers, and even a cheater being jailed.
Monday got off to a brilliant start with the news that British legend Ali Mallu had taken down the latest leg of the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour. Despite being in his sixties, Mallu is one of the most loose-aggressive poker players in the UK and him winning the £59,000 first-place prize was a great way to kick the week off.
Another player renowned for his different approach to poker is Yucel Eminoglu. Last Tuesday, Eminoglu chopped the Sunday Million and followed that impressive result up by scooping the first event of the FTOPS and adding more than $99,000 to his bankroll.
Keeping with the world of online winners, we had to give a shoutout to "PhilRoyal888" who had a nice run in the PokerStars Super Tuesday. His run that ended with a fourth-place finish and a $42,744 cash haul.
Away from the virtual felt and into the world of live poker where Europe's premier card room, Dusk Till Dawn, took the controversial steps of introducing a shot clock to their nightly tournament offering. Players at the Nottingham-based club who compete in the £15-£50 buy-in events during the week now have 20 seconds to make their decision otherwise their hand is ruled dead.
Three London-based stories hit the front pages this week. The first is because PKR is heading to Aspers Casino at Stratford for the latest incarnation of its PKR Live festivities, while the famous London Ritz Casino revealed it had sued several high-stakes gamblers after their unpaid gambling debts resulted in the iconic venue making a £12.5 million loss in 2013.
Lastly for London, Romanian casino cheat Mihai Lacatos was jailed for 18 months this week after admitting to 14 fraud charges brought against him.
British televised poker lovers were saddened to learn that Sky Poker TV as they know it is no more. The live show and online stream was extremely popular, but the plug was pulled with almost immediate effect, leaving a big gap in many people's lives.