It has been a big week for British poker players, thanks to them securing victories in both the live and online poker worlds, and the UK & Ireland PokerNews Round-Up has all of the details.
James Akenhead, a former World Series of Poker November Nine member, took a couple of years away from poker to focus on business ventures, but recently returned and picked up where he left off, going deep in major live tournaments. In late 2015, Akenhead finished third in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Grand Final for £72,500 and followed that result up with another third-place finish a week later, this time in the €2,150 Eureka Prague turbo tournament for €31,780.
A trio of cashes at the European Poker Tour Dublin festival set Akenhead up for him winning the 2016 partypoker World Poker Tour Vienna Warm-Up for €65,000.
Another talented pro doing well for himself in the live arena this week was Ludovic Geilich, who is everyone's favorite hyper-aggressive Scotsman. Geilich has been spending some time in the United States and it looks set to be a profitable trip seeing how he won the $1,600 Wynn Classic for a $150,622 addition to his bankroll.
There were sizable scores for Jamie O'Connor and Phil Mighall online, too. O'Connor was part of a five-way chop in the partypoker Powerfest Week 3 Main Event, a result that banked him $51,329, while Mighall won a $100,000 guaranteed event for $45,141.25 before going on and securing an additional $11,676.60 by finishing fourth in the $100,000 Baby Whale tournament at 888poker.
Find out more on these wins in the UK & Ireland edition of the Sunday Briefing.
Those big cash hauls of O'Connor and Mighall saw them shoot up the UK & Ireland online poker rankings where several players climbed to career highs.
There was some industry-related news breaking this week, too. First, Unibet revealed its financial figures, which showed record revenues, but a slump in those revenues attributed to its standalone poker client. Secondly, both Ladbrokes and William Hill saw their shares recover after rumored additional heavy taxes on gambling companies being put into place after the UK's budget turned out to be exactly that, rumors.
Finally for this week, our UK & Ireland PokerNews editor interviewed award-winning poker bot creator Noam Brown and quizzed him about how the bot works, how it would perform online, and more. Click this link to read the full piece.