We are rapidly approaching the halfway mark at the 2012 World Series of Poker and although there is yet to be a bracelet winner who called the United Kingdom or Ireland home our boys and girls have been putting in some superb performances and we are now closing in on $700,000 winnings for the series so far.
The last time we recapped the UK & Ireland players at the WSOP we mentioned how Sam Grafton was deep in Event #9, well he went on to finish in 28th place for $18,427; the exact same amount Gareth Teatum won for busting slightly earlier in 31st spot.
In Event #12, the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up tournament, we only had one player make it to the money places, Ryan O'Donnell finishing in 24th place for $10,966. That was O'Donnell's second cash of the WSOP, his first coming in Event #6 where he finished 12th for $24,390.
Along with O'Donnell there are a few other players who have cashed multiple times already and if Lady Luck was a little more kind to our heroes I believe we would have seen more final tables and at last one bracelet in our possession. The series cashers are James Akenhead (two cashes), John Eames (two cahses), JP Kelly (two cashes), Keith “The Camel” Hawkins (two cashes), Martins Adeniya (two cashes), Sam Grafton (three cashes), Scott O'Reilly (three cashes), Simon Hennessey (two cashes) and Toby Lewis (three cashes).
There are two other players who have double cashes too but they need a special mention as the European Poker Tour Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard made it to the money for the second time this series in Event #15 where he reached a star-studded final table. “Zimmy” eventually busted out in sixth place for a cool $44,967, a superb performance.
Another huge shout out needs to go to Ramey Shaio who has also cashed twice in Vegas so far. He finished in 58th place in Event #2 but he came the closest of any UK & Irish player to winning a bracelet when he busted in third place in Event #16, the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed tournament, for $182,521. Had it not been for losing a huge flip with against the of eventual runner-up Mark Radoja then Shaio could have become the first British bracelet winner since 2011.
Not including the tournaments that are currently in-running, UK & Ireland players have cashed a total of 60 times, reached four final tables and won $664,602 in the process. We have at least five players still in Event #23, including Roberto Romanello who has twice the average stack with 141 remaining. You can follow their progress with the UK & Ireland PokerNews Live Reporting team.