It was a quite week by the high standards that the British grinders have set for themselves as many of our top stars swapped the virtual felt for the real thing at the UKIPT and European Poker Tour London festivals. That said, there was still a few top results to shout about and the top 20 players from the United Kingdom, as ranked by PocketFives.com, has a new face in it.
Andy “wiisssppppaa” Taylor may not be one of the high stakes regulars, but that has not stopped him from entering the limelight of the top 20 online poker tournament players in the UK. Taylor is living proof that if you excel in the low-to-mid stakes arena you can and will climb up the rankings and be recognised by your peers as a superb player.
Hailing from Accrington in Lancashire, Taylor has been going about his business in a quiet manner, racking up close to 700 cashes totalling almost $500,000. We’ve seen Taylor’s PokerStars alias on a number of occasions, going deep in many tournaments, but this weekend he had two excellent results that saw him fly up to 18th in the UK standings and a career-high of 205th in the world rankings.
On Saturday, Taylor took down the $33 Saturday Speedway at PokerStars and netted himself $9,741 for his efforts. The following night, the biggest night for online tournament players, Taylor won the Sunday Kickoff for $25,511 – his third largest online cash to date. Throw into the mix a couple of handfuls of deep runs in $10 and $20 buy-in tournaments and it is easy to see why Taylor has suddenly become a known force at the PokerStars felt.
The rest of the top 20 has remained almost identical to the last time we reported on it, with the top 10 staying in the exact same order. The only changes of note was Charlie “JIZOINT” Combes climbing to 11th off the back of a runner-up finish in the $55 NL Hold’em rebuy at PokerStars and a third place in the Full Tilt Poker T-Rex for combined scores in excess of $11,000.
Another change was Zimnan “Zimmy86” Ziyard moving up to 17th place following a 15th place finish in last week’s Super Tuesday.
UK Online Poker Rankings (October 16, 2014)
|1||Patrick “pleno1” Leonard||7170.58|
|2||Vincent “vincenfish” Delgado Zamorano||6916.48|
|3||Rick “TheClaimeer” Trigg||6563.90|
|4||Chris “moorman1” Moorman||6502.89|
|5||Christopher “MAKKAPAKK” Johnson||6113.10|
|6||Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson||6065.83|
|7||Jareth “jareth3542” East||6059.31|
|8||Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell||5873.36|
|9||Rhys “floppinhel” Jones||5830.01|
|10||Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer||5684.78|
|11||Charlie “chaz_man_chaz" Combes||5338.13|
|12||Tom “hitthehole” Middleton||5333.72|
|13||Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis||5210.46|
|16||Rob “rtinnion” Tinnion||4886.96|
|17||Zimnan “Zimmy86” Ziyard||4826.26|
|18||Andy “wiisssppppaa” Taylor||4760.56|
|19||Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford||4734.31|
|20||Luke “LFmagic” Fields||4695.70|
With UKIPT London done and dusted and its EPT bigger brother being at the business end of things, we fully expect the British grinders to hit the felt with renewed vigour and that spells bad news for anyone who has to face them. We have some of the best poker players in the world in our fantastic country and we cannot wait to see what lies in store for them during the next seven days in the online poker tournament arena.