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Chidwick’s Good Run in Prague, Ladbrokes to iPoker, and More

Bridges PragueUK poker pro Stephen Chidwick pretty much owned the city of Prague in December, putting in a dominating performance at the European Poker Tour Prague tournament series.

Tom Dwan is out at Full Tilt Poker, but who should take his spot? A couple of Brits are on one man’s shortlist.

Ladbrokes is preparing for its move to the iPoker network; we’ll discuss what impact this could have on the online poker industry below.

In this week’s look Around UK Poker we’ll take a look at these stories and a whole lot more.

Stephen Chidwick final tables EPT and Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Events

After his incredible run at the EPT Prague tournament series it’s safe to say that Stephen Chidwick will almost certainly be penciling in a trip to Prague in mid-December every year, even though Prague in mid-December is not quite the tourist destination it is in the summer.

Chidwick made the final table of two high-profile tournaments during the series, the Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event and the EPT Prague Main Event, finishing in third place in both events. Not only did he pocket around €500k, but he also picked up a nice honor in the process (you’ll find out what it is later on in this column).

EPT Prague Main Event results:

  1. Julian Track — €725,7008*
  2. Georgios Sotiropoulos — €700,000*
  3. Stephen Chidwick — €378,000
  4. Ka Kwan Lau — €283,800
  5. Ole Schemion — €218,300
  6. Max Silver — €160,200
  7. Zdravko Duvnjak — €118,200
  8. Jorma Nuutinen — €84,600

Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event results:

  1. Dmitry Holdeew — €226,400
  2. Ami Barer — €131,400
  3. Stephen Chidwick — €92,500
  4. Jaroslav Peter — €68,800
  5. Mark Dalimore — €53,500
  6. Milan Simko — €39,800
  7. Marcin Horecki — €30,500
  8. Johannes Tiefenbrunner — €21,700

Tournament results courtesy of the PokerStars blog.

Tom Dwan out at Full Tilt Poker – should a Brit take his spot?

With Tom Dwan and Full Tilt Poker parting ways the rumor mill is already churning out the names of potential replacements, and two Brits appear to be among the frontrunners, at least in the poker community’s mind: Sam Trickett and Chris Moorman.’s Matthew Pitt laid out a compelling case for both players; let’s see if Full Tilt Poker accepts his suggestions or goes in a different direction.

Ladbrokes migrating to iPoker Network

On Saturday, December 21st Ladbrokes will officially join the iPoker Network, leaving their longtime home of the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) and starting down a new path with one of the most heavily trafficked online poker providers in the world.

The addition of Ladbrokes should cement iPoker as the #2 online poker provider behind PokerStars; a spot iPoker, Party Poker, Full Tilt Poker, and 888 Poker have all been fighting for throughout 2013.

The transition is expected to be a smooth one, as all player balances, VIP points, and even bonuses and promotions will be transferred to the player’s new account when they download the new software.

MPN had moved into the Top 10 on’s traffic rankings, but the loss of Ladbrokes, and the impending departure of Unibet could knock them back quite a bit. How the traffic rankings for global providers shake out in the coming months is definitely something to keep an eye on.

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UK News Bites

Milner wins 2013 GPS Grand Final

Another season of the Genting Poker Series is in the books, and what a great year it was for the UK-based poker tour. The final table of the Genting Poker Series Grand Final ended with a Richard Milner victory after a four way deal split up most of the prize-money.

  1. Richard Milner — £40,086*
  2. Rupom Pal — £30,462*
  3. Adam Picken — £33,845*
  4. Leon Campbell — £30,747*
  5. Nathan Davies — £11,320
  6. Dan Rowlinson — £9,220
  7. Gabriel Tuna — £7,130
  8. Leon McClean — £5,760
  9. Ben Vinson — £4,200

UK and Ireland GPI Rankings

Our man Stephen Chidwick ended the year in the top spot on the Global Poker Index UK rankings thanks to his Prague performance.

Here is a look at the Top 10 finishers, along with their global GPI ranking:

  1. GPI rank #37: Stephen Chidwick 2305.02
  2. GPI rank #43: Toby “The Jester” Lewis Ivey Poker 2221.73
  3. GPI rank #59: David Vamplew 2059.24
  4. GPI rank #105: Matthew Ashton 1763.01
  5. GPI rank #108: Chris Moorman 1757.18
  6. GPI rank #110: Niall “Firaldo” Farrell 1752.81
  7. GPI rank #116: Max Silver 1730.59
  8. GPI rank #132: Zimnan Ziyard 1643.50
  9. GPI rank #157: Tamer Kamel 1546.54
  10. GPI rank #164: Tom Alner 1527.65

Steve Ruddock

Steve has been writing about online poker news for about as long as there has been online poker news to write about. A contributor to over a dozen sites, Steve handles our weekly Around Online Poker news wrap up.

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