Young Players Continue to Dominate Season 5 of the UKIPT Tour4 years ago
The faces around the final tables at the UK and Ireland Poker Tour continue to get younger and younger as a new generation of poker players dominate this series. The vast majority of winners of the six final table games in season 5 of the tour have been in their very early 20s. Together the six young men have already taken home £400,000 between them and it looks like trend won’t stop before the players get to Dublin in February.
The oldest winner came from the first stop in the tour over a year ago last January when the season started in London. At the age of 34, Rapinder Cheema is the oldest person to take home a big prize in this season and even he was known as “The Rookie”. His opponents gave him the younger sounding nickname as this was only the second tournament he had ever competed in. He managed to beat his previous record winnings of just £300 by some margin when he went home with £78,825.
Many people are wondering how so many young people and seemingly inexperienced players can be winning such huge tournaments on a regular basis. Sure poker is a lot to do with luck, but there is a huge amount of skill to be learnt as well. It seems the phenomenon of the UK and Ireland Poker Tour is getting more and more people wanting to learn poker from the comfort of their home. Sites like Mr Smith Casino are helping these players develop their skills online without having to build up their knowledge in tournaments. Simple table games like Beat Me can teach you the basic skills of poker, so if you’re unsure how to play poker then try this game as it is a good first step on the ladder to the bigger jackpots of the big tournaments.
The tour is even having a big effect on tourism. Thousands of spectators travel across the country to watch the hundreds of poker players that enter each of these events. The UK and Ireland Poker Tour now even visits much sunnier climates around Europe. This year saw a record 841 players enter the third tournament held in Marbella. Isidoro Barreña fought back from a big deficit to beat the second to last man standing Jose Angel Latorre in a match which he looked likely to win in record time from the start. Barreña was able to counteract some daringly big bets from the start by Latorre and take home over €150,000 around the warmest table of the season.
So which of the young players is likely to win the final table game at the next event in the season when the Poker Tour visits Dublin for the first time in eight years. The biggest pot taken home by far this season was by 24 year old Sam Mitten-Laurence in Nottingham. The young lad known for his baggy hooded top and shades won £182,000 in only his second live tournament. But as this season has shown, we might not even have ever heard of the winner of the next prize pot until he or she makes his name in the final in Dublin.
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