2009 ended with two of the hottest young talents on the UK poker scene consolidating top positions in the poker rankings. John Eames finished number two overall in the PokerInEurope 2009 European Rankings and Chris Moorman dominated several versions of the Online Tournament Rankings.
John Eames managed to stay under the radar to an extent in 2009 despite nothing up a catalogue of big final table finishes. In February he came 3rd in the European Deepstack Poker Championships and then 2nd in the Broadway Festival. He also final tabled two GUKPT events, came third in an event in Spain and made the final of the English Poker Open at Dusk Till Dawn. He capped off a fantastic year by winning the main event of the Broadway Festival in November. In total he won more than £120,000 and came 2nd to overall European winner Dragan Galic of Croatia.
Andrew Bradshaw and Willie Tann of the UK also made the final top ten.
Over on the online felt UK tournament legend Chris Moorman, who made the Sunday Million Final table last month, had another dominant year. He came 4th in the Cardplayer Online Player of the Year rankings and won the Pocketfives overall online rankings for 2009. In the same year he became a sponsored pro at Doylesroom he also won $204,000 for a second place finish in an FTOPS event, which was his largest cash to date. Add to that watching his Dad win GUKPT Manchester and its safe to say it was a good year for the talented UK pro, who will be looking to finally bag a major in 2010.
A fantastic set of results for both men and a great advert for poker in the UK. If you add on top of that the success of young UK players like JP Kelly, Luke Schwartz and James Akenhead then it is fair to say that the United Kingdom is boasting some of the hottest emerging talent in all of poker.