Wild Bill: Gunned down with aces and eights

Just about every poker player on the planet knows that a pair of black aces and eights are “dead man’s hand” and that the reason harks back to when Wild Bill Hickok was shot in the back of the head while holding them in a game of five-card stud in Deadwood, South Dakota. But the…

Big job cuts at Genting despite plans to reopen

As well as ceasing all live poker activity in the United Kingdom, Genting has announced 1,642 employees face losing their jobs despite plans to reopen venues. The GMB union has also confirmed the group’s decision to close three of its venues. Genting says the coronavirus lockdown has forced it to make “heartbreaking decisions” about the…

Cullen takes opening Unibet leg

The first leg of the 2020 Unibet UK Poker Tour took place at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford last weekend, with Lawrence Cullen outlasting a field of 714 runners to take down the £220 main event to earn himself a cool £25,500. On the final table it was Callum Pooles, playing his first big live tournament…

Record 101 gold bracelets for WSOP 2020

The WSOP has announced its final schedule for the 51st running of its annual poker championship in Las Vegas, when a record 101 gold bracelets are up for grabs. A total of 87 live bracelets will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with another 14 online events awarding poker’s most coveted…

2020 Genting Poker Series

The ninth edition of the Genting Poker Series gets underway in Newcastle from 6-9 February, with 15 further stops confirmed for  2020. Twelve of the 16 scheduled GPS Main Events have a £225 entry fee but will feature a £35,000 guaranteed prize pool. While the £500 buy-in £100,000 guaranteed events have also proved popular, fans…

888 Live 2020 Schedule

Kicking off with a first ever trip to Madrid, Spain, 888 Live has scheduled its series of events for the year, including a 2020 WSOP Main Event package guaranteed for each 888 Live Festival Main Event winner courtesy of 888poker, who return as a sponsor for the 2020 World Series of Poker. The first stop in…

Cyprus and London on Millions Tour

The Partypoker Millions Tour will make debuts in Cyprus and London in 2020 and the new season heralds the introduction of the ‘Millions Passport’ that will make qualifying for events online easier than ever. Each main event on the Millions Tour for 2020 will feature a buy-in of $5,300 (pounds in UK, euros in Prague),…

Eight legs to 2020 GUKPT series

Now in it’s 14th season, the 2020 GUKPT Tour promises to be the biggest one yet. With eight legs taking place in London, Luton, Leeds, Edinburgh, Manchester and Blackpool, it comes to a conclusion with the Grand Final in November at The Poker Room in London. Main event buy-ins vary from £560, £1110 to £1,500, with…

Irish Poker Open over Easter period

It’s the 40th anniversary of the Irish Poker Open this year and the celebrations will take place from 6-13 April 2020 in the prestigious Citywest hotel, Dublin. The buy-in for the event is €1,150 and the festival will feature a full schedule of events to capture the imagination of poker players at an affordable buy-in…

Ahmed in Toon to take down IPO

The third leg of the Full Tilt International Poker Open Tour attracted 166 entrants to Aspers Casino in Newcastle from 21-23 August to produce a prize pool of £24,900, with Ali Ahmed taking the £6,300 top prize after beating James Maxwell heads-up. Ahmed (pictured above) follows in the footsteps of Dave Masters and Keith Cummins,…

Lodge takes Sky Six-Max crown

University student Harry Lodge is £60,000 richer after winning the main event of the 2015 Sky Poker Six-Max UK Poker Championships at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn. After lining up alongside 513 other entrants, 21-year-old Lodge managed to enter the final 16 on Sunday with the second largest chip stack, trailing only Richard Hawes in the…

Toikka’s the top banana at Goliath

After more than a week of action, Liverpool IT professional Miikka Toikka won this year’s GUKPT Goliath from 8-16 August. Despite an impressive field in 2014, the GUKPT managed to smash all records this time around thanks to a mammoth 4,210 entries creating a first-place prize of £75,800, despite the event itself only costing £120…