UK & Irish Players at the 2019 WSOP: $14.18 Million Won
The 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is done and dusted with all 90 events having crowned their champion. Hossein Ensan’s victory in the WSOP Main Event for $10 million brought the curtain down on what was a fantastic 50th edition of the WSOP, which saw players from the UK and Ireland cash 808 times for prizes worth a combined $14,178,096
It is fair to say that the British grinders enjoyed far more success that their Irish counterparts, something that surprised both myself and David Lappin when I appeared on a recent edition of The Chip Race podcast.
While players calling the UK home reached the money places on 726 occasions for a combined $13,314,804, the Irish contingent received payouts 82 times for $863,292. Of course, there were many more players from the United Kingdom than Ireland, but you get the feeling the Irish stars left more money at the tables.
2019 WSOP Round-up: Four Bracelets for the Brits
Ben Heath started the 2019 WSOP like a house on fire and took down Event #5: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller for $1,484,085 which finished up being the third-largest score enjoyed by any of our players.
Heath would go on to cash in four more events, including a sixth-place finish in the Event #86: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Championship ($85,915) and a 10th place exit in the Event #90: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final Fifty.
We had to wait another 40 events before another British player got their hands on a coveted WSOP title, but it was well worth the wait. Stephen Chidwick, playing in his first event of the summer, triumphed in Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller for $1,618,417 and, perhaps more importantly, losing the unwanted tag of being the best poker player to have never won a bracelet.
Bracelet number three came in Event #49: $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Championship and went to Luke Schwartz. Although the $273,336 prize money was not up there with the biggest scores of the series, Schwartz’s victory came in an extremely tough field and cemented his claims to being one of the better all-round poker players of his generation.
The fourth and final bracelet of the summer went to Carl Shaw on the last day of the series. Shaw defeated Tony Dunst heads-up in Event #89: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em for a career-best $606,562. Shaw had put together a deep run in the Main Event, falling in 101s place for $59,295 and parlayed that prize into the final event. What a superb decision that turned out to be.
Near Misses For British Players
Our bracelet tally could have been much higher had Lady Luck shone down on some of our stars. Eighteen British players navigated their way to WSOP final tables, not including the champions, with three having to make do with the runner-up prize.
James Park finished second in Event #52: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $671,802 with Robert Bickley falling at the final hurdle in Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty for $160,820. Pete Linton was then the bridesmaid in Event #80: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em / Pot-Limit Omaha for $188,368.
Then we had both Sam Razavi and Jamie O’Connor bust from events in third-place. Razavi was the penultimate elimination in Event #30: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $104,888 with O’Connor’s third-place bustout in Event #70: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed being worth $317,956.
There has to be a special mention for Nick Marchington who we had pinned our hopes on becoming the Main Event champion. Unfortunately, cash game specialist Marchington fell in seventh-place for $1,525,000.
In terms of cashes, 159 British players cashed more than once, although nobody reached the money more times than partypoker pro Patrick Leonard and Simon Deadman with eight cashes each. Andrew Wilson, Barny Boatman, Ben Dobson, Brandon Sheils, 888poker ambassador Chris Moorman, and veteran Peter Costa all headed for the payout desk on seven separate occasions.
UK 2019 WSOP Facts and Figures
|Final tables reached||22|
|Biggest prize won||$1,618,417|
|Total prize money won||$13,314,804|
|Multiple cashes||Patrick Leonard and Simon Deadman tied on eight cashes|
|Most prize money won by an individual||Ben Heath with $1,720,322|
Four Final Tables for the Irish
One thing that stood out about the Irish players’ WSOP is they frequented the lower buy-in events a lot more than the high stakes tournaments. These smaller buy-in tournaments attracted massive fields of several thousand players, making a final table appearance an unlikely scenario.
Tim Farrelly stood out in Event #9: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack with his 13th place finish for $21,602. Farrelly’s haul remained the largest prize won by an Irishman all the way through to Event #52: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. Here, former WSOP Main Event finalist Eoghan O’Dea placed sixth for $169,173, a prize only surpassed by one other result.
O’Dea’s cashed in three events for $174,346 in total.
There was another near miss in Event #64: $888 No-Limit Hold’em Crazy Eights where Patrick Clarke ran out of steam in sixth-place for $177,888, the largest single prize won by someone calling the Emerald Isle home. Clarke also won more money than any of his countrymen and women, earning $186,441 from his four cashes.
Philip Gildea was another Irish player to reach a WSOP final table this summer. Gildea was the seventh-place finisher in Event #69: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Mini Main Event, while David Callaghan came the closest to securing that elusive Irish bracelet when he crashed out of Event #78: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty in second-place for $109,844.
Irish 2019 WSOP Facts and Figures
|Final tables reached||4|
|Biggest prize won||$177,888|
|Total prize money won||$863,292|
|Multiple cashes||Rory Brown and Cathal shine tied on five cashes|
|Most prize money won by an individual||Patrick Clarke with $186,441|
Another 10 WSOP bracelets are waiting to be won at the 2019 WSOP Europe festival at King’s Resort, Rozvadov between Oct. 15 and Nov. 4. Again, we’d expect hundreds of tournament players from the UK & Ireland to make the trip, with perhaps more of the Irish making the shorter flight.