Brits to Watch at the 2013 World Championship Of Online Poker
PokerNews continues its preview of the 2013 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) by taking a look at a number of British players we believe will shine at the upcoming series.
Earlier this week, PokerNews looked at some WCOOP facts and figures and then profiled some of the Irishmen we think could have stellar WCOOPs. You can check those out by clicking on the relevant links.
Although we are obviously biased, UK & Ireland PokerNews believes Brits will shine during the 2013 WCOOP thanks to us having some of the best tournament players in the entire world. It would be easy to write a quick article featuring the likes of Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer, Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis and Chris “moorman1” Moorman, but there are scores of other players who are ranked outside the top 10 in the UK who we feel are going to smash the WCOOP to pieces!
Mathew “matfrankland” Frankland
Online tournament winnings: $2,159,066
Despite spelling his first name with a single “t,” something that is enough to put some writers with similar names on life tilt, Mathew Frankland is one of the best tournament player out there. In 2012, Frankland was flying high in all the online rankings; he was number one in the UK & Ireland and 15th in the world. Of late, Frankland has slipped to a still respectable 12th in the UK and 139th worldwide, but he will be much higher come the end of the WCOOP, you mark our words.
In recent weeks, “Franky” has had a couple of wins and some decent scores. Halfway through August, Frankland finished second in the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS Event #27 for $29,145 and a week later he took down the €50 buy-in 6-Max Club at PokerStars.fr for a further $3,119. Less than a week ago, Frankland won the $215 Weekly 6-max at PokerStars for a cool $15,416 and a significant confidence booster.
Tom “hitthehole” Middleton
Online tournament winnings: Unknown
Tom Middleton is an absolute beast of a poker player, yet one who seems to shine away from the limelight. Once ranked 32nd in the world (in 2010), Middleton has since removed all of his screen names from the PocketFives database, but he hasn’t done that out of embarrassment of his results – far from it.
Many of Middleton’s peers say that when “Middy” is on his game there is nobody better than him. If Middleton does bring his A-game to the WCOOP, the rest of the world had better watch out.
Luke “LFmagic” Fields
Online tournament winnings: $1,601,922
Currently ranked 38th in the UK, partly because he doesn’t list all of his screen names in the ranking system, Luke Fields is definitely one to watch during the WCOOP. Happy playing any table size and not afraid to mix it up with some Pot Limit Omaha action, Fields is sure to play an extensive schedule.
It has been almost two years since Fields’ last six-figure score (he has two of them) but that could be all set to change with the massive prizes offered to winners during WCOOP.
Learn more about Fields in this Best of the British Isles feature we ran last year.
Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves
Online tournament winnings: $728,663
Going into a major online festival, you want to be full of confidence and in good form. Luke Reeves must have both of those boxes ticked, possibly twice. Reeves has come from mid-table in the rankings up to eighth thanks to him being in scintillating form. Check out some of his results from the past month.
- 1st place in the $165 buy-in $12k GTD at PartyPoker for $3,625.00
- 3rd place in the PokerStars Hot $55 for $5,931.25
- 1st place in the Full Tilt Poker $12,000 GTD for $3,270.00
- 5th place in The Bigger $162 for $6,131.00
- 6th place in The Big $162 for $5,369
- 1st place in the PokerStars $22 1R1A for $10,543
- 1st place in the Full Tilt Poker Tyrannosaurus Rex for $7,493
- 3rd place in the Tyrannosaurus Rex for $3731 (the day after he won it)
- 1st place in The Hot $55 for $10,447
Although Reeves seems to play tournaments with buy-ins less than the WCOOP mainly offers, his superb form and high confidence levels should see him play a number of WCOOP events, especially if he manages to sell some action to play a busier schedule. Whatever events he plays in, he is sure to make a real nuisance of himself at the PokerStars virtual felt.
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