WSOP 2007: British Player Round Up, Week One
The WSOP has been in full swing for a week now and records have already been broken, but how are our boys getting on in Las Vegas? Here is our round up of British player results from the first week of action at the WSOP.
It all started on June 1st. The worlds poker professionals, hopeful amateurs, fans and poker press descended on The Rio in Las Vegas in anticipation of the biggest festival of poker yet.
The $5,000 Mixed Hold'em (Limit and No Limit) tournament started proceedings. Rather predictably the event was dominated by American players. However, Europe got a look in too and British players Mark Teltscher (29th - $13,788) and friend of UK PokerNews, Stuart Rutter (44th - $11,658) managed very respectable cash finishes.
The $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament was up next. The first "low buy-in" event attracted an enormous field of 2998 players. Once again it was Stars & Stripes all round as American players ran riot. However, in 84th Darren Sprengers picked up $6,548 for the UK. The in-form Roland de Wolfe made his first impression in this years WSOP by finishing 107th for $5,115. In 127th Wai Liy scooped up $4,706. Graham Andrews and Karl Mahrenholz also cashed to complete a splattering of British players in the money.
On Sunday the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event may have offered a seat for the same amount of cash as the previous event, but the field was decidedly smaller. An indication of the popularity of No Limit over Pot Limit, perhaps. America triumphed once more as Michael Spegal took the honours. However, good results for the UK came via Steve Mills in 17th, for $7,985 and Graham Wheldon in 22nd, for $6,921. Colin Shattock and Mark Lowe also registered respectable finishes for the UK.
The ante was upped on Monday for the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament. Only 145 took their seats, but the line-up was a fierce one that contained many well known poker professionals. Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot almost did the business for Britain here. The Hull born pro' fell just short with his 3rd place finish and $332,582. Robin Keston also delighted British poker fans with his 9th place finish for $57,721. Irish eyes were smiling again too as Andy Black registered in 11th place for $41,229.
Ed note: Play is continuing at The Rio and you can follow ALL the action LIVE on UK Poker News via our WSOP Live Reporting pages