Vilamoura, Portugal is the home to the 2010 European Poker Tour main event, but so far this year’s European Poker Tour is being owned by the U.K. Similar to the shocking win by Liv Boeree at EPT 2010 in San Remo and James Mitchell at the Irish Open, Vilamoura is seeing U.K. players carrying the top three spots at the final table. Now let’s take a closer look at these U.K. players who are putting British poker even further into the limelight.
The current leader, as of September 1, 2010, is Toby Lewis (3,322,000). This young man is one the more successful online poker players in the game, at the same time he is new to poker tournaments where you’re not clicking away. Lewis is classified as number eight on online poker play in the UK (source: PocketFives).
He started his online poker career with a victory from a Brighton £200 buy-in tourney in 2009. From this point on Lewis amassed an impressive $171,669 through various live tournament prizes. His quick and relentless climb has claimed two EPT cashes. Regardless of the outcome of the European Poker Tour Lewis has already won the largest live play prize of his young career.
The U.K. runner up, so far, is Sam Trickett (3,365,000 in chips). Trickett blows away Lewis in terms of experience and earnings; in three years he has won close to $1.33 million. At the conclusion of the 2008 WSOP $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event Trickett placed fourth and was then worth only $245,927.
This time around he has made his greatest mark through six cashes ($505,725), all of which came from a tier two placement during the same event. A final win at the European Poker Tour would mean that Trickett has won his seventh tournament in only three years.
Trailing these two Brits is Teddy Sheringham (1,783,000). Without mentioning too many of his football accolades, it should be clear that Sheringham has appeared in over 51 international appearances for the English national team. As a hobby, Sheringham broke into poker in 2009 at the WSOP Europe Main Event. He finished 14th out of 334 and left with a $66,738 prize. Placing better than seventh or higher at Vilamoura will award him the largest cash out of his short career.