The past seven days have been among the busiest ever for poker players calling the United Kingdom and Ireland home, with several live events events running and the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) kicking off, too.
Terry Jordon's victory in the inaugural Pokerfest Live Main Event, a tournament that broke the UK attendance record for a £330 buy-in event, kicked off what was a fantastic week of live poker action for the UK and Ireland. Jordon, who a few days earlier won a £330 buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournament, took down the Main Event for £52,000 plus a £7,500 bonus for holding multiple "golden chips" and two WPT UK £2,200 Main Event seats.
While Jordon was busy hoovering up chips at Dusk Till Dawn, Daniel Tighe was equally as busy across the Irish sea in Dublin where he won the MPN Poker Tour Dublin Main Event for a €53,845 addition to his bankroll. Check out the bottom of that particular article for recaps of each day's play.
Also taking place in the Irish capital was the Mega Poker Series Dublin Main Event. Day 1a saw a bitterly disappointing field of only seven players, with the Day 1b attracting a further 56 players. The tournament's final table was set on Sept. 10 and the last man standing will win €15,600 for their effort.
Two more live events kicked off on Sept. 10, one in Ireland and the other back in the UK. In Ireland, it was the turn of the Redbet LIVE Dublin Main Event to get underway with the first of its three starting flights. Poland's Damien Porebski came out on top at the end of play, while in Stoke it was the aforementioned Jordon who finished the first live starting flight of the Genting Poker Series Main Event as the chip leader.
Lastly, for the live poker world at least, is the announcement from partypoker and Dusk Till Dawn of a new series of tournaments called the Grand Prix Poker Tour. The £70 buy-in is aimed at recreational players, although with £250,000 guaranteed for each of the first three legs professionals are going to also flock to play in them.
Over to the online poker news and the WCOOP has started fantastically for players from the UK & Ireland. The opening events, which took place on Sunday, saw British player "V7JCV21" win the Sunday Million for a massive $260,193.87 score, with a whole host of British grinders helping themselves to five and six-figure scores.
A few days later, Ireland's Keith "bullyboy1978" Cummings chopped the Super Tuesday and walked away with $240,177, almost doubling his lifetime online and live tournament winnings in the process. Scroll down that article to see some statistics from the first 10 WCOOP events.
Rounding our the round-up this week is the UK & Ireland Online Poker Rankings. Daniel Charlton, climbed to 11th in the UK and 116th in the world — career highs for Charlton — following his $35,220 score in the Sunday Bigger $109 on PokerStars. It was one of the most-read articles on the site this week, showing how popular the Brit is in the UK community.