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Brits Thrive But Swede Steals Show at WPT UK

Another major poker title has been decided on British soil, this time at the World Poker Tour (WPT) event in Nottingham.

Following on from the British Poker Open, WPT UK welcomed the great and the good from around the world.

Kicking off the festival with a win on October 3 was Jack Hardcastle. The young Englishman managed to outlast 1,355 entries to win the WPT UK Opener and £56,000.

Home Advantage Helps Brits

As local pros such as Paul Jackson, Simon Trumper and Richard Trigg joined the action, it wasn’t long before another Brit scooped a WPT title.

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WPT UK to Keep Poker Boom Alive with £1.2 Million Nottingham Showdown

Following a sizzling summer of poker action in the UK, players from across Europe will be back on our shores this week for another round of action.

Flying in from afar to take part in the World Poker Tour (WPT) UK festival, the game’s finest will be hoping the recent tournament boom continues.

As per the schedule, the WPT UK main event will get underway inside Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn card room on September 30.

However, before the £2,680 showdown starts, the organisers will oversee a selection of side action.

WPT UK Keeps Interest High

Helped along by Partypoker Live, … Read more

Cary Katz Closes British Poker Open with £2.1 Million Win

The British Poker Open has come to a close and given Cary Katz a £2.1 million pay day as well as the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl London title.

After two weeks of action inside Aspers Casino Stratford, the world’s elite will return to their respective nations.

Ahead of the final high stakes events, a number of Brits and Americans banked six and seven figure prizes.

Brits Perform Well but Americans Dominate

Flying the flag for the UK was Paul Newey. The businessman and poker enthusiast banked £156,400 after seeing off all-comers in the Event #3.

Although Newey and other … Read more

Brits Triumph but American Sam Soverel Dominates British Poker Open

It may be the British Poker Open but the North Americans are dominating the London-based festival.

Since Canada’s Lucas Greenwood took the first title last week, the action has been hot inside Aspers Casino Stratford.

Not wanting to let his brother steal the limelight, Sam Greenwood also stepped onto the winner’s rostrum in Event #4.

Family Affair for Greenwood Brothers

Anteing up £10,000 to play in the Short Deck Hold’em showdown, Greenwood came through the 24-player field to take home £110,400.

Interestingly, the American had to overcome Robert Flink to earn his first British Poker Open title. The Swede … Read more

British Poker Open Caps Off Another Sizzling Summer in London

The summer might be drawing to a close but London’s poker scene is still burning hot thanks to the inaugural British Poker Open.

Just weeks after Triton London set records, Poker Central’s new event got underway on September 2.

Taking place inside Aspers Casino Stratford, the 14-day festival will see some of the world’s best descend on the UK’s capital.

British Poker Open to Attract International Field

The star of the show will be the Super High Roller Bowl London on September 13. However, before the £250,000 showdown starts, the British Poker Open kicked off with a £10,000 opener.

Although … Read more

Grosvenor Casinos Makes Move to Keep Goliath Inside Ricoh Arena

Grosvenor Casinos will continue its relationship with Coventry’s Ricoh Arena meaning its successful Goliath should remain in place for the next decade.

Announced on August 21, the new deal will extend Grosvenor’s lease for another ten years. In renewing the partnership, Ricoh Arena expects the relationship to be mutually beneficial for all parties.

Everyone Wins with Ricoh Arena Deal

Since striking up a partnership in 2009, Grosvenor Casino and the entertainment complex have hosted thousands of customers. Indeed, thanks to investments totalling £1.6 million, the casino now attracts 250,000 visitors every year.

For the owners of Ricoh Arena, the Wasps … Read more

Goliath Breaks Records as David Haye Finds New Love for Poker

Grosvenor Casinos’ Goliath has raised the bar for live poker in Europe once again by breaking its own attendance record.

Setting out to top last year’s event, Grosvenor enlisted the services of retired boxing champ David Haye.

A relative novice at poker but a familiar face to sporting fans around the world, Haye was drafted in as something of a sacrificial lamb.

With pros and amateurs alike looking to knockout the former knockout artist, interest in the 2019 Goliath was high.

Queues Form as Goliath Grows

In fact, ahead of the seventh and final starting flight, players were queuing inside … Read more

Loot boxes and skins are still not defined as forms of gambling but things could change if the government gets tough.

In a meeting with the digital, media, culture and sport select committee, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) said its position remains unchanged.

Following a call to outlaw loot boxes back in 2017, the gaming regulator stated that the in-game add-ons weren’t considered gambling. At the time, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Tracey Crouch said the contents of each box didn’t have any real-world value.

Loot Boxes Are Like Lotteries

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Brit Student Stuns Crowd with £1.2 Million WSOP Win

University dropout turned poker player Nick Marchington has defied the odds by winning £1.2 million at the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Competing at the annual poker festival, Marchington made the final table of the Main Event. Regarded as poker’s world championship showpiece, the young player paid $10,000/£8,000 to join 8,569 hopefuls.

WSOP Win Marks Career-High for Marchington

Although he failed to win a coveted WSOP bracelet, the 21-year-old did scoop the biggest payout of his career. What’s more, his achievement suggests his decision to leave university early was a wise one.

Taking up poker while at the University of … Read more

London is set to host the most expensive poker tournament in history thanks to the Triton High Roller Series.

Backed by Partypoker and part of the Asian company’s push to revive the high stakes scene, Triton London will cost £1.05 million to enter.

Dwarfing anything the capital has seen before, the exclusive event will take place between August 1 and 3 inside London’s Park Lane Hilton.

Triton to Host Summer Sizzler

After details of the latest Triton event went live, speculation as to who would play was rife. With the buy-in taking poker to new heights (as seen in the … Read more