UK & Ireland PokerNews Round-Up: Chris Moorman Surpasses $13M in Winnings
The word "legend" is one that is banded around the poker world all too often, but there is no denying that the United Kingdom's Chris "Moorman1" Moorman is a player deserving of the title. While players come and go, Moorman has stood the test of time and continues to crush online poker tournaments seemingly at will.
His latest victory came on Sunday at 888poker, where he won the $100,000 Sunday Challenge for more than $18,000. The victory saw his lifetime winnings from online tournaments surpass a staggering $13 million.
Moorman's victory came too late to be included in the latest update of the PocketFives online poker rankings and he slipped a couple of places to fourth in the UK. However, once the points from Moorman's win are added to his profile it is likely he will climb back to second place in the UK where he can mount a charge on leader Oscar "MendaLerenda" Serradell.
Full Tilt Merges with PokerStars, partypoker Gains
There was more online related news flowing from the UK & Ireland PokerNews pages this week, starting with the news that Full Tilt is merging its traffic with PokerStars this spring. It is a move that many have anticipated, with section of the poker community claiming this move is essentially retiring the Full Tilt brand.
While Full Tilt has, for some, failed to live up to expectations, partypoker has been gaining customers thanks to a number of positive changes in recent months. One change is to its tournament schedule, which has seen the launch of the Power Series and now the Powerfest Series, with $5 million is guarantees over 98 events across four weeks. The first week commences on Sunday, featuring Featherweight — $5.50 to $11 buy-in — tournaments.
Unibet UK and UKIPT Dublin Winners
Into the realm of live poker now, where Curtis Lambert walked away with top honors in the inaugural Unibet Poker UK Tour last weekend. Lambert topped a field of 245 players in the £220 buy-in, £40,000 guaranteed Main Event to get his hands on £11,000 (after a three-way deal) and the first trophy of the brand new tour.
While Lambert was busy bossing the tables in Brighton, Lithuania's Vladas Tamasauskas was involved in the UKIPT Dublin Main Event and doing rather well for himself. Tamasauskas eventually walked away as a worthy champion, an accolade that not only came with bragging rights, but also a career-best score of €176,900.
By the time the next UK & Ireland PokerNews Round-Up hits your screen next week another champion will have been crowned, the champion of the Grand Prix Poker Tour St. James' Park Main Event. St. James' Park is the home of Premier League club Newcastle United and the iconic stadium is sure to attract a massive crowd who will be vying for their share of a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool.