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POKER STORY

WPT First Female Champion

A bumper month for poker in February saw millions made, attendance records smashed and a Russian femme fatale become the World Poker Tour’s first woman champion. Gambling brings you the play-by-play

While we may have talked about the PCA and Poker After Dark raising the stakes in January, in true clichéd “you call that a knife?” Australian fashion, this year’s Aussie Millions turned up a few weeks later to smash those piffling buy-ins out of the park.

This year’s series in Melbourne was a truly bumper affair, with England by-and-large doing to Australia what they did in the Ashes by notching two morale-boosting victories on foreign soil as Richard Ashby and Sam Trickett won big down under.

First up was Ashby, who won a $1,000 buy-in 8-Game Mix event for $23,539, but his efforts were soon blown out of the water by compatriot Trickett who went on the heater of a lifetime by pocketing two colossal scores in the space of only a few days.

First Trickett took down the $100k NLHE event for a vast $1.5 million after defeating London’s Tony Bloom heads-up and then he followed up the win with a runner-up finish to Erik Seidel in the $250k Super High Roller event for another $1.4 million.

In doing so, in the space of less than a week, Trickett earned more than double his previous career earnings prior to his trip down under, while Seidel also made a little piece of history by becoming the winner of the most expensive tournament ever held.

Of course, with all that action going on in Australia it would be easy to forget that other events were taking place in the rest of the world and – wouldn’t you just know it – Trickett was once again back among the thick of the action as the WPT hit Paris.

The tour visited the French capital as part of its new regional series, with the EFOP Diamond Championship seeing Trickett gain yet another score this year as he finished sixth to earn €43,545 on a final table that rewrote the WPT history books.

The reason for the event’s significance was that Russia’s Nadia Nikitina became the first person in the tour’s nine-year history to win an open event as she defeated Frenchman Alexandre Brivot heads-up to earn her first major score of €243,830.

Before that, however, the tour proper visited Italy for WPT Venice, a gala event that saw Alessio Isaia take home the title. The Italian captured €380,000 by beating Szalbocs Mayer on a final table that also included former EPT winners David Vamplew and Max Lykov.

Back in the UK meanwhile, shove was in the air on Valentines Day as a colossal 1,058 entrants all managed to shake off the attentions of their significant others to play UKIPT Nottingham, creating the biggest tournament ever to be held in the UK.

However, despite the all-star cast of UK rounders and PokerStars pros, it came down to a humble web developer from Newcastle to wield his tournament axe as Gareth Walker emerged as the last man standing from the record-breaking field.

The affable Geordie pocketed £109,000 for defeating Brett Angel heads-up, though he was indebted to a huge slice of good fortune after his 9c 6c successfully turned a flush to crack Angel’s pocket tens, with the runner-up receiving £68,700 for second.

With so much going on in the live arena, you’d be forgiven for thinking that February was a relatively quiet month online, but not so. Full Tilt returned once again with a brand new FTOPS, with over $22 million in prizes guaranteed across its 45 events.

In terms of big-name winners, it took the latest series a little while to explode into life, but when it did it was down to Scott Clements to score one for the pros as he won $290,500 against the recently-crowned WPT champ Alessio Isaia in the $10,000 Heads-Up.

Alongside Clements, other online stars to take down events included Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson, who took down the £200 7-Stud Hi/Low event and ‘AndyMcloed’, who won the $240 NLHE 6-Max tournament for a handy $163,365.

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Rise of the Pub Players
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27/12/2007
Prying Eyes
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Silence Isn’t Golden
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12/12/2007
Amateurs Do Battle
The UKNPL prepares to dish
3/12/2007
Sleight of Hands
Be wary of card swappers
28/11/2007
Cash in your Chips
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Massive Aggressive
The art of playing satellites—Part
16/11/2007
Winner Takes All
The art of playing satellites—Part
5/11/2007
The Common Language
Continental pride and persistence sweeps
30/10/2007
Bigger Than Poker
A great cause made for
29/10/2007
The Boy Becomes a Man
Teen takes main event by
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15/10/2007
An informal Affair
Cecure Gaming loosens up with
8/10/2007
Combined Forces
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1/10/2007
Sky’s No Limit
Sky Poker’s first live-play tournament
24/9/2007
Poker Faces and Part Favours
The UKNPL wraps up another
18/9/2007
Spreading the Wealth
Fresh off The Strip, London
12/9/2007
Casino Entertainment with a Capital G
The Grosvenor UK Poker Tour
11/9/2007
Celebrity Sightings at CelebPoker
The latest online bullshit
23/8/2007
Playing with Real Chips
Top tips for poker
15/8/2007
A Host to Boast
Get the most out of
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Unearthing Prized Knowledge With The Fossilman.
Greg Raymer has earned more
6/8/2007
Puttin’ on the Razz.
How razz teaches you to
1/8/2007
Real-time Poker
In the trenches with a
27/7/2007
Victory at the Victoria
A grand night out
23/7/2007
Head of its Class
Maidenhead triumphs in the
20/7/2007
Poker for the People
Why the Gutshot Poker Club
18/7/2007
The Royal Treatment
Purple lounge takes the sexes
12/7/2007
Best Seat in the House
Monte Carlo dreamin’ for Chicago
6/7/2007
The Big Time
Three-day affair at the
27/6/2007
High Seas Hold ‘em
Third time’s a charm for
22/6/2007
A Change of Seasons
Turning a few leaves with
18/6/2007
The Loose Cannon blasts onto the London games club scene
If you’re not looking for
14/6/2007
Playing the Field
Crunching numbers and weighing options
7/6/2007
The Winner’s Choice
Littlewoods Poker ups the ante

There
6/6/2007
Thinking Man’s Poker.
Gin rummy makes a comeback.

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28/5/2007
The New Frontier
The APC in Goa breaks
22/5/2007
Meeting of the Grinds
UK National Poker League tidies
14/5/2007
Tightening Up Hold 'em Loose Ends
Analysing the plays that can
30/4/2007
For the Love of the Game
The UK National Poker League
12/4/2007
The Bankroll Buster
Flaming out with second
14/3/2007
Cashing in on Confidence.
Yesterday I was playing in
20/2/2007
Feast Your Eyes.
Examining Every Layer of the
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