This Week in Poker

Posted by Gerry Poltorak on Dec 18, 2014 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Dan SMithIn a week that seen some big news in poker with stories coming from Winning Poker Network, EPT Prague, Ireland new gambling legislation and more. With only a week till xmas and everyone in a hurry, lets get straight into This Week in Poker.


Winning Poker Network cancels 1 million guarantee due to DDoS attack

The WPN is the latest online poker network to come under attack from a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service). However the timing couldn’t have came at a worse time as the Winning Poker Network was in the middle of an ambitious £1 million guaranteed tournament. This is a giant leap for a network that can only really count American Cardroom as the only decent sized room.

The WPN had this to say:

Due to circumstances out of our control, we have been unable to provide a stable, fair gaming experience. Many players timed out, while others remained connected. As per our terms and conditions, the tournament has been cancelled and buy-ins and fees have been refunded to all participants.


Stephen Graner wins EPT Prague

USA’s Stephen Graners trip to Prague is well worth it after he picks up his first ever EPT crown EPT Prague. Here is how the final table finished:

Place Name Country Prize
1 Stephen Graner USA €969,000
2 Anton Bertilsson Sweden €582,720
3 Jonathan Wong UK €410,190
4 Fabio Sperling Germany €308,180
5 Simon Mattsson Sweden €235,700
6 Bjorn Wiesler German €172,340
7 Remi Castaignon France €129,390


Ireland delays new Gambling Legislation

The Irish government have decided to delay the introduction of new gambling legislation that might see players who play Poker at Paddy Power (Ireland favourite poker site) having to pay 1% on every bet. A final draft has yet to go public, but hopefully the delay is a sign that it might not be ideal in its current form.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been reported saying:

“As soon as the standstill period is completed, it is my intention to progress all remaining stages of the bill through the Oireachtas (parliament),”


Year of the Dan

With 2014 coming to an end, it looks like its a tale of two Dans. Dan Smith who looks like will finish the year as the top GPI 300 player after being top the past 16 weeks and Dan Colman who also looks like winning the 2014 GPI player of the year. Here is how the 2014 GPI leader board looks with 2 weeks to go:

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Daniel Colman 4141.91
2 Ole Schemion 3879.30
3 Ami Barer 3873.15
4 Davidi Kitai 3856.95
5 Dan Smith 3839.04
6 Mustapha Kanit 3567.62
7 Jason Mercier 3545.77
8 Scott Seiver 3480.86
9 Anatoly Filatov 3409.34
10 Jacob Schindler 3384.02



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