The 2009 World Series of Poker saw three UK Players win Bracelets, while one of them made it all the way to the final table of the main event. This episode of play was considered great for U.K poker at the time. 2009 was perhaps the ‘Year of the Brit’, if you will, but as we see today it may have only been the beginning of recognizable U.K. poker play on the world’s stage.
2009 would not be the last year of impressive U.K. play. This year too, U.K. players showed up to snatch a total of five World Series of Poker Bracelets in Vegas. Between this year’s Poker in the Park, and now the victory of these six pioneers U.K. poker is finally being recognized as it rightfully deserves.
2010 proved to not only be the most successful year for the U.K. but can also be celebrated as the largest amount of winnings from a non US country. Furthermore, it should be noted here that not only did the Brit out play many of the other nationals in Vegas, but worldwide, the UK has been picking up tremendous steam. Just look at this; Jake Cody defeated EPT Deauville, James Mitchell was crowned the victor of the Irish Open and Liv Boeree shocked most when by defeating all odds by winning EPT San Remo.
Here is a brief look at the British World Series of Poker players and their good fortunate. Praz Bansi was able to win his second bracelet by taking down Event Number #5: $1,500 No Limit for $515,501. James Dempsey ripped through Event Number # 9: $1500 Pot Limit Hold’em and following in his trailblazing footsteps was Richard Ashby who earned $197,470 and went onto win Event #21: $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $140,467. Finally you have Grand Final Champ Mike Ellis who went in to win Event #30: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $581,851, and of course the amazing Steve Jelinek defeated all in Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better for $245,871.