Who Are The 10 Biggest Tournament Winners in the UK & Ireland?
The United Kingdom and Ireland has some of the best live poker tournament players in the world, players who have won vast sums of money both on home soil and around the world. Which of our players have won the most money? Find out below, you may be surprised at the findings.
1st: Sam Trickett: $19,877,332
By far the biggest winner is Sam Trickett with almost $20,000,000 in lifetime winnings. Even if you subtract the massive $10,112,001 that Trickett won for finishing second in The Big One for One Drop he would still have over $3,700,000 more winnings than his nearest rival; Trickett is that sick!
2nd: Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott: $6,035,582
Under all of the bling and F-bombs that great you when you meet Dave Ulliott lies a talented poker player, one who has winnings of over $6,000,000. From 1997 through 2010, the man known affectionately as “Devilfish” only had one year where he won less than $100,000.
3rd: Roland de Wolfe: $5,440,556
Roland de Wolfe was the second-ever Triple Crown winner having won the 2005 World Poker Tour Paris Main Event, the 2006 European Poker Tour Irish Master and then his first bracelet at the 2009 World Series of Poker when he won the $5,000 Pot Liimt Omaha Hi/Lo Event.
De Wolfe hasn’t cashed in a major live tournament since 2010, mainly because he hardly travels the live circuit anymore. We wonder if he will ever make a comeback.
4th: Surinder Sunar: $4,667,668
Surinder Sunar is one of the old school poker grinders who goes about his business in a quiet, unassuming but effective manner. Sunar has results dating back to 1987 and although he has sever $100,000+ scores, that seven-figure cash still eludes him
5th: Andy Black: $4,432,368
In at number five is the first of two Irishmen in the top 10, Andy Black. A significant percentage of Black’s total winnings, $1,750,000 to be exact, stem from Black’s fifth place finish in the 2005 WSOP Main Event with another $800,000+ coming from his third place finish in the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event and his seventh place in the 2007 EPT Grand Final.
6th: Marty Smyth: $3,878,676
The bulk of Ireland’s Marty Smyth’s winnings came during a golden couple of years between 2007-2008 where he could do no wrong at the poker table. Some of his results during this time include:
- 1st place in the 2008 Poker Million VII for $1,000,000
- 1st place in the 2007 Irish Open for $867,546
- 1st place in the 2008 WSOP $10,000 PLO Championship for $859,549
- 2nd place in the 2007 Poker Million VI for $500,000
- 1st place in the 2008 PartyPoker World Open IV for $250,000
Since 2008, Smyth has only won $201,744 from major live tournaments, suggesting he has drastically cut down his volume.
7th: Jake Cody: $3,619,156
Jake Cody is the youngest player in the top 10 and, like Roland de Wolfe, is a Triple Crown winner. The Team PokerStars Pro had a quiet 2012 but has won close to $500,000 so far in 2013. With EPT London and Prague still to come this year, we would expect Cody to add to his already impressive total come year-end.
8th: Ram Vaswani: $3,477,240
Ram “Crazy Horse “Vaswani rarely plays poker tournaments anymore, although he does make the occasional appearance at large buy-in events such as the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the 2013 WSOP.
An EPT and WPT winner, surely Vaswani wants to complete the coveted Triple Crown of titles?
9th: Neil Channing: $3,385,767
Despite being a cash game specialist, Neil Channing has amassed close to $3,400,000 in live tournament winnings. His largest cash tops the scales at $1,263,261 which was his prize for winning the 2008 Irish Open. Channing’s impressive total could have been even larger had he not developed a knack for finishing second in major events. Twice Channing has been runner-up in WSOP events and once in a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Event.
10th: Tony Bloom: $3,308,051
Tony Bloom is another name that is rarely spotted on the entrants list of major tournaments, instead Bloom is a huge sports bettor, property investor and has been the Brighton & Hove Albion Chairman since 2009.
UK & Ireland All-Time Money List
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If you are wondering where Scotland and Wales’ representatives are then you will need to look down to 14th and 17th place. David Vamplew is the current number 14 in the all-time money listings with $3,006,787 in winnings, a figure that he is only going to add to in the coming years, while Robert Romanello’s $2,818,992 winners are enough to place him 17th.
With the huge prizes available in EPT and WSOP events in today’s game, anyone in the top 30 are only a couple of deep runs away from knocking on the door of the top 10 places.
For the full UK & Ireland all-time money listing head over to The Hendon Mob database.