The weather in the United Kingdom is nothing short of horrible at the moment thanks to Storm Barney, but that hasn't stopped the poker world here from marching forward. This week, we've had new online tournament announcements, live festival dates confirmed, and the legendary Chris Moorman returning to form.
Moorman is a name synonymous with online poker, as would yours be if you had won more than $10 million from virtual events. The former world number one has spent time in the USA of late and been unable to play poker on regulated sites, but he's now displaying a Canadian flag next to his name on PokerStars and seems to be back on the grind.
On Sunday, Moorman won the PokerStars Supersonic and had third-place finishes in another couple of major online events. As a result, Moorman has climbed up the UK online poker rankings, and you can click here to see how high.
Joining Moorman in enjoying a large Sunday score was the UK player known as "pilsuhng," who helped himself to the sixth-place prize in the Sunday Million for $66,537.75. Moorman and "pilsuhng" weren't the only big winners, as you can read in the Sunday Briefing.
Following the unveiling of four-time world champion boxer Carl Froch as a brand ambassador, partypoker revamped their tournament offering and gave it a boxing theme. Known as The Power Series, partypoker promises more than 160 weekly tournaments with more than $1.6 million guaranteed. Find out what tournaments make up The Power Series here.
In the live poker world, Jonny Gray became the latest player to be crowned a GUKPT champion after he came out on top of the Blackpool Main Event. It was a result that netted Gray £69,000 and a place in the long-running GUKPT history books. Read our recap of the final day's play via this link.
Much further north of Blackpool, the PokerStars UKIPT Edinburgh festival is in full swing. Edinburgh has hosted a UKIPT for five consecutive years and it is always one of the most popular stops on the tour. Day 1a was on Thursday, you can read all about it here.
Lastly, Sky was in the headlines twice this week, both in a positive light, although for different reasons.
The first was the fact it's poker arm, Sky Poker, confirmed the return of the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships. The 2016 edition heads to Nottingham in February and features, among a great side-event offering, a £1 million guaranteed Main Event. Check out the schedule here.
Reason number two for Sky being on UK & Ireland PokerNews was its commitment to the local economies of Leeds and Sheffield where it has offices. Sky is investing £11 million into new jobs over the coming months, which will takes its staff level to more than 900 in Yorkshire alone.
Head to the UK & Ireland PokerNews site to keep up-to-date with all of the goings on in the poker worlds here, including daily recaps of the ongoing UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event and much more.