It's high time to compile last year's biggest winners and losers on Full Tilt and PokerStars. According to highstakesdb, Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky won an incredible $3,595,666 - about a million dollars more than the Finnish poker pro Jens "Jeans89" Kyllönen in second place.
It feels like it was yesterday that I wrote a similar news item, like this one, but for 2011. I guess it's true what they say, time flies when you are in good company, and if there's one thing us at the BankrollMob administration is, then it's being in good company, with thanks to our almost 500,000 members!
If you want to take a quick stroll down 2012 memory lane, check out our just-posted A look back at 2012 news article.
On behalf of the entire crew here at BRM headquarters, I would like to wish you all and your families a very Happy New Year - and be careful out there if you play with fireworks!
2012 has been a very interesting and eventful year on the poker front. We have really enjoyed keeping everyone up to date with the latest poker news and, of course, we are very happy and thankful that so many of you comment on it and discuss it in our forum. Now we are looking forward to 2013 and what it has to offer. Until then, make sure to check some of our favourite news of 2012.
BREAKING NEWS: Full Tilt Poker Open For Business This news article had nothing to do with the actual re-launch of Full Tilt Poker about 2 months ago, but instead it was already posted on April 1. We know that it was a pretty mean April Fools joke, but we just couldn't help ourselves :) Click here to read the full story
Ilari Sahamies: "I don't have any money left" It has been an extremely turbulent year for the Finnish poker pro Ilari Sahamies, who was the biggest winner on PokerStars in 2011. At the moment he's only down about $28k this year. However, he was in pretty bad shape for some time. Click here to read the full story
Viktor Blom won PCA Super High Roller ($1.2 million) Viktor "Isildur1" Blom is best known for playing high stakes cash games online, but in the beginning of 2012 he also made a name for himself in the live tournament world by winning the Super High Roller Championship at the 2012 PCA. The win was worth about $1.2 million and, to add to that, the poker community finally got to see a video interview with their favourite Swede. Click here to read the full story
Jens Kyllönen is Going to Space Many professional poker players love to travel and see new places. The Finnish poker pro Jens "Jeans89" Kyllönen is no exception, but the question is if his upcoming journey in 2014 takes the cake. Click here to read the full story
Antonio Esfandiari Wins One Drop and Mind-Blowing $18 Million! Who can forget when "The Magician" took down the most expensive tournament in poker history at the 2012 WSOP? The $18 million first place prize sent Esfandiari right to the top of the all-time tournament winnings leaderboard, but even today people are speculating about how much he got to keep of it. That's right! Esfandiari revealed after the win that he didn't pay the buy-in of $1,000,000 all by himself. Click here to read the full story
The two starting days and Day 2 are now history and the player field has been narrowed down from 477 to 116 players. Unfortunately, Day 2 saw the departure of many former EPT champions: Jake Cody, Anton Wigg, Michael Eiler, Arnaud Mattern, Michael Tureniec and David Vamplew etc. However, one former EPT champion is leading the way into Day 3.
Mike "Timex" McDonald (picture), a Canadian poker pro who won EPT German Open in Dortmund in 2008, must have bribed the poker gods (or perhaps the dealers?) since he was running so extremely good throughout Day 2. When he had good hands - he always got paid off very well. When he didn't have good hands and needed luck - the turn and river cards performed magic.
The 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event came to an end this weekend after only 7 hours of play on the final table. It was the Melbourne local Oliver Speidel who took home the tournament for $1,600,000. A well deserved win for a man who survived a field of 659 players.
Sam Trickett received the Player of the Year award at European Poker Awards in Paris, France the other day. Trickett started 2011 by winning and coming second in two Aussie Millions high roller events. Then it didn't take long before he to won the prestigious Partocuhe Poker Tour main event. In other words, a fantastic year for him!
The Russian poker pro Andrew Pateychuck became 2011's rookie thanks to winning both an EPT and a WPT title in just 1,5 month. And not to forget his 5th place finish in the WSOP main event.
There's some serious action at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island as the 2012 PCA is now alive and kicking! The first day of the Super High Roller tournament brought a field 32 players (In fact it was 30 players, but two re-entered the tournament) who could afford the buy-in of $100,000, which created a total prize pool of $3,136,000 and a first prize of $1,254,400.
We would like to thank all our members and affiliate partners for a fantastic year! 2011 has been a fun and exciting year full of challenges for us working at BankrollMob. Our aim for 2012 is to grow even bigger and to get more exciting bonuses, leaderboards, freerolls etc.
This is of course impossible without all of our current members help, so we hope that all of you will stay with us and keep on supporting our affiliate sites by, for example, making deposits and generating some rake :)
We wish all of you a Happy New Year!
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