With the conclusion of the Euro’s imminent and the start of the Premier League not too far away, i am sure many are gearing up to don their dirty macs, paint their nose red like SAF and get to picking the 11 players that will hopefully give them a summer worth of bragging rights. Not only are the players mulled over for hours on end, but the banterful team names are almost just as important as whether you have Vardy or Kane. Someone always opts for the classics “Le Saux Solid Crew”, “Muller Time” and “How I Met Your Mata”. But not me, not just yet. I still have a season on CM9798 on the go (which i will blog about at sometime soon) and its WSOP time, so I wanted to take a look at my UK Poker XI…..
GK – Ian Simpson: What more could you want as your last line of defense? Ian is consistent as he is formidable. A Sky Poker regular and analyst, Irish Open Winner, DTD Online GP champ, satty crusher and all around nice guy.
DF – Benny Glaser: Two time bracelet winner at this years WSOP and the holder of the most bracelets of any UK player. Soton based mixed game crusher. Quiet. Deadly.
DF – Max Silver: Max has consistently crushed which ever games he has played, holding multiple UKIPT titles, a WPT title and an ARIA High Roller title also. Pillar of the community and shows how hard work can really see you succeed. All that’sleft off of the Hendon Mob resume, is that of a WSOP strap and I am sure it wont be too long before he adds that to the trophy cabinet.
DF – Adam Owen: If there is ever a guy that “loves the game” its this guy. This week, he was featured in the chip counts in the $50k Players Championship at the WSOP. Back in March I sat across the felt from him in the APAT £100 8 Game event at Aspers. Another Mixed Game hero; who states his worst game is NLH. Also recently won his first COOP title on Stars this Summer.
DF – Jack Salter: With over $3M in career earnings, it’s a surprise that Jack isn’t mentioned as much as he deserves to be. Blessed with the ability to work hard all the time, whether its a €500 comp, or a $25k comp, it doesn’t matter to Jack. He is in the field to win, and win alone. Ruthless and as I write this he FTs the $111,111 One Drop like a boss!!
MF – Chris Moorman: Holding the title for the most online Triple Crowns, Chris continues to crush the online game consistently. His game developed in the student halls at Essex Uni and sees him as one of the most feared players from the UK. Surely one of the first names on everyone’s team sheet.
MF – Simon Deadman: The UK poker scenes favourite bridesmaid is constantly making deep runs, no matter the country he is in at the time. Shola tells me that he always comes second, as he doesn’t like the limelight. What a gentleman! With over $2.5m in live earnings, just goes to show you don’t need to win the comps outright to be a winner!
MF- Steve Warburton: Even though he has a 2nd in an EPT and WPT in the space of 12 months, its rumoured that his best poker memory is being called “Walburton” on twitter by John Juanda as they battle HU for the EPT title.
ST – Patrick Leonard: Whilst his beloved Magpies slip out of the limelight, Pleno manages to keep firmly in the UK Poker Spotlight. Recently becoming a Brand Ambassador for Party Poker is just another string to this guys already impressive bow. One of the brains behind BitBStaking, as well as an online beast and bar owner; is there anything this guy cannot throw his hand too?
ST – Charlie Carrel: Mix 1 part Xmas Jumper, 2 parts Tie Die, 1/2 a granddad jumper and a cuddly toy. In a blender. Throw the mix at the wall and you are left with CC’s wardrobe content. That being said Epihany77 crushes, and crushes well. If he is not staking chips in the High and Super High Rollers, he can also been seen riding horses….pretty sure he is more natural at the poke though!
ST – Niall Farrell: It was a long time ago that he won the APAT Team Event in Bolton, for Blackbelt Poker, and started his poker journey. Since then he has captured an EPT title and a 2nd in the WSOP $1500 Shootout. After losing to Safiya Umerova heads up for the gold, he then managed to convince her to play the Tag Team event with him. That didn’t go to plan and we think the budding romance was off the cards, but he did manage to get 8th in the One Drop this week just gone…..maybe she will return his texts!!