Leading UK poker professional, Simon "Aces" Trumper has been told by his erstwhile sponsor, UK Betting, that his contract is not being renewed by them following the ending of the current arrangements which included the wearing of UK Betting logos at tournaments and the writing of a comprehensive diary for Sporting Life.
This parting of the ways between gaming company and poker professional follows hot on the heels of the decision by Prima Poker to divorce from Ram "Crazy Horse" Vaswani, Barny Boatman, Ross Boatman and Joe "The Elegance" Beevers, collectively known as The Hendon Mob.
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Simon Trumper has had a long career of poker tournament successes beginning in England in the mid-1990's, cashing in tournaments in London and the South-East on a regular basis long before poker became the big money game it is today. He later gained some TV exposure by winning the second series of the groundbreaking Channel 4 programme, Late Night Poker, in 2000 at an eight player final that showcased the talents of the best of Britain and Ireland; Simon Trumper triumphed over Hendon Mobsters Ross Boatman and Ram Vaswani, Malcolm Harwood, Bambos Xanthos, Debbie Berlin, Liam Flood and David "Devilfish" Ulliott.
The following year, Trumper again made the final of Late Night Poker, this time finishing runner-up behind the late Hemish Shah. In between times, he secured an impressive number of cashes in European tournaments. UK Betting secured the services of Simon Trumper in the Spring of 2004 and in the ensuing period Trumper achieved some notable successes including:
Winner of the €500 Pot Limit Omaha at the Master Classics of Poker 2004 in Amsterdam, earning €70,000.
Winner of the €500 Short Handed No Limit Hold'em at the Euro Finals of Poker 2005.
5th in the WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 2005 in Las Vegas, earning $93,000.
A notorious moment occurred at the WSOP final table when the highly-regarded Barry Greenstein was eliminated on his own turf by Trumper amidst uproar about whether he had "slow-rolled" the showing of his key, but unbeatable, hand. Debate raged for days amongst professionals and on poker forums about whether or not Simon Trumper had crossed the boundaries of poker etiquette in this episode. It is all forgotten between the parties now but it was a memorable moment in poker.
Trumper is widely regarded as a fine no limit hold'em professional but it was Pot Limit Omaha that saw him stand above all-comers in the European poker scene. His peerless Omaha form in 2004 secured the title of No.1 ranked Pot Limit Omaha player in Europe that year and 4th in 2005.
Away from the felt in 2005, Simon Trumper took to the microphone alongside the voice of poker, Jesse May, to provide an entertaining and educational commentary during the broadcasting of Late Night Poker Ace on Channel 4 in the UK.
Whatever the future holds for Simon Trumper and the members of The Hendon Mob, UK Poker News looks forward to seeing how they progress in 2006. We would not be surprised to see plenty more successes, and this has already begun with Ram Vaswani making the final table of the EPT Main Event in Copenhagen.
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