Welcome to the latest edition of the UK & Ireland PokerNews Round-Up where you'll discover what the biggest and most popular stories of the past week were on our UK & Ireland focussed domain.
As is usually the case, the week kicked off with news of some of our players' online and live poker tournament exploits. There were two major live events completed over the weekend, the partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour Stamford Bridge Main Event and the 2015 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final.
The first of those two events was won by Sunny Mistri, who only decided to play the event at a moment's notice. Mistri played the final online Day 1, finished with almost 730,000 chips, and built on that impressive start to turn his £60+£10 investment into the £35,000 first-place prize.
It was Ben Winsor who emerged victorious in the season-ended GUKPT Grand Final. Some of the best poker players in the UK turned out for the £400,000 guaranteed event, creating one of the most hotly contested Grand Finals in the tour's history. It was also the richest GUKPT Grand Final ever with a final prize pool of some £642,000.
Another player who enjoyed adding some extra figures to his bank account was Daniel "DanielT99" Tighe, who put together a superb run in the PokerStars Sunday Million. The Irishman finished fifth from 5,696 entrants to collect a career-best score of some $48,416.00.
Keeping with online poker and the NYX Network, formerly the Ongame Network, which announced the launch of its inaugural NYX Poker Series, a 22-event online festival with combined guarantees of €180,000. It is the first major festival and promotional push that new owners NYX Gaming have done since they acquired the network from Amaya.
Also in the online poker world, our friends at PocketFives.com updated their online poker rankings and in doing so saw the United Kingdom receive a new face in the top 20. We say new face, but anyone who has played live poker in the past few years will no doubt have come across Sergio Aido. The talented Spaniard, known as "zcedrick" at PokerStars, is now up to 16th in the UK.
Back to the live poker world now and the 2015 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Sheffield Main Event, the final stop of this year's tour, which is in full swing. Day 1a took place online with Day 1b kicking off on Thursday. You can read the Day 1b recap here, and stay tuned to our UK & Ireland PokerNews site for recaps of all other starting flights, plus Day 2 and beyond.
The final two stories of the week center around the gambling industry. Story number one is that a study by the UK Gambling Commission revealed gambling industry in the UK is now worth a staggering £5.4 billion.
Story number two, the last one for this week's round-up, is of Glasgow's Corinthian Club unveiling a 1920s-themed casino in its basement called The Cotton Club. Read all about it here.