2012 Retrospective – Part 1

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2012. December 23.
In the first part of our annual retrospective, we take a look at the highlights of January and February, 2012. We had PCA, Aussie Millions, Duhamel fighting, high stakes hijacking and so much more...
2012 Retrospective

January


2012 kicked off with a spectacular victory from Viktor ‘Isildur1' Blom. The Swede pro won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $100,000 Super High Roller event, defeating Humberto Brenes, Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel, Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald, Dan Shake and Galen Hall in the finale. This was Blom’s first live tournament victory for $1,254,400.

Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom PCA

Read more on Isildur1’s PCA Super High Roller victory here


The live robot of online poker, Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew played 23,493 hands in 8 hours, with a profit of $7,65, qualifying for a Guinness World Record in the “most online hand in 8 hours with a profit” category.



Read more on nanonoko’s world record here


The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure PCA main event ended with the victory of an amateur player, John Dibella. The 43 years old broker bested his former live tournament cash record of $16,000 with a $1,775,000 first prize.

Read more on Dibella’s PCA victory here


January could not pass without our share of poker scandal: Martin Finger and Jonathan Duhamel got into a fight during the PCA Players Party.

Read more on the two renowned pros fighting here


Following the PCA, the Aussie Millions started, bringing about the victory of home player Oliver Speidel in the Main Event, who won A$ 1.6 million as his greatest in his career so far.

Read more on Speidel’s victory here


February

While Daniel Negreanu was travelling home by plane, a hacker hijacked his online poker account and started playing under his screen name, generating a loss of $46,000 for the Canadian pro.

Read more on Negreanu’s hijacked account here


Following an illness, Nikolay Evdakov passed away in Fabruary. Evdakov gained fame in 2008 when he made it in the money in no less than 10 WSOP events, setting up a record in the history of the championship.

Nikolay Evdakov

Read more on Evdakov and the tragic news here


While making it to the final table, it was not Daniel Negreanu but Daniele Nestola, who won the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Grand Finale Main Event for R$289,300.

Read more on the LAPT Grand Final finale here


2008 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Peter Eastgate joined Team Betfair Poker in late February.

Read more on the contracting of the young pro here


To be continued...


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