Recently, we’ve looked at some of the top player in Canada and in Australia. This time around, we take a look at some of top player from the United Kingdom. Prior to the Poker Boom, poker was beginning to explode in the UK thanks to shows like Late Night Poker.
Many of the players that were on shows such as Late Night Poker went on to become household names in Europe and they influenced a new generation of players, some of which are on this list.
If money is how you keep score in poker, then Sam Trickett has an impressive scoreboard. Trickett is the UK’s all-time money leader with $20.56 million in live tournament earnings. That’s also good for 7th on the All-Time Money List.
Before you spout off how that he finished 2nd in the 2012 Big One for ONE DROP, keep in mind that he only won $10.11 million of that figure in that event. He has four other seven-figure scores. Check them out:
- 2013 Aussie Millions $250k Challenge – 1st Place – $2.11 million
- 2011 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event – 1st Place – $1.36 million
- 2011 Aussie Millions $250k Challenge – 2nd Place – $1.38 million
- 2011 Aussie Millions $100k Challenge – 1st Place – $1.5 million
Also, let’s not forget his 7th place finish in the 2012 Macau High Stakes Challenge Super High Roller where he earned $999,186.
While some will knock him for taking the top spot with multiple seven-figure score, you have to remember that he had to compete against the best in the world and risk sums that would equal our entire bankroll and then some.
GOAT. That’s the moniker attached to Chris Moorman when referring to his online play. Whether you’re a casual or serious poker fan, you’ve heard the name Chris Moorman in connection to online poker. Known as Moorman1 online, he is the all-time leader in online poker tournament earnings with over $12.81 million.
He presently has a sick record of over 300 online victories and over 750 top three finishes. He has been #1 in the world 22 times in his career and has a record 25 triple crown victories. To win an online triple crown, you must win a poker tournament on three different sites in the same day. To do that once is sick. Doing it a handful of times is sick. Having 25 triple crowns is the stuff of legend.
Oh – he’s not too shabby in the live arena too. He has over $4.1 million in live tournament earnings as well, including a World Poker Tour title. Moorman took down the 2014 LA Poker Classic for just over $1 million. He has one other $1 million score, finishing runner up in the 2011 WSOP-E Main Event for $1.06 million.
With combined earnings of over $16.9 million, only Sam Trickett has more in lifetime tournament earnings out of the UK. It would not be surprising to see Moorman eclipse $20 million or more in lifetime online poker tournament earnings.
This is the obligatory female spot on this list, right? That’s what Liv Boeree is hoping you believe. With $2.97 million in lifetime earnings, she is solidly #15 on England’s All-Time Money List and 6th on the Women’s All-Time Money List.
Boeree became a poker superstar after winning the 2010 EPT San Remo Main Event for over $1.69 million. In 2012, she ran deep in the WSOP Europe Main Event, finishing 18th.
In 2014, she finished runner-up in at the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event, earning close to six figures. Most recently, Boeree finished 3rd in the EPT Barcelona €25,500 High Roller 8-Max, earning $449,383. Boeree is the #1 ranked female player on the Global Poker Index.
While her accomplishments in the live arena are impressive, she’s no slouch online. A member of Team PokerStars, Boeree has over $565k in online tournament earnings. Her best finish came when she took down the Sunday Warm-UP in February 2011 for $147,781. She also took down a WCOOP 2nd Chance Event later that year for over $40k.
At just 31, Boeree is in great shape to move up the women’s all-time money list and give Vanessa Selbst a run for the title.
To casual poker fans, Christopher Brammer is known for his fifth place finish at the 2012 WSOP Europe. However, he is a dominate online tournament player with nearly 150 victories and over 300 top three finishes.
Known online as NigDawG, Brammer is a former #1 ranked player and has six online triple crown victories. He currently has over $5.32 million in online tournament earnings with one FTOPS title and one SCOOP title.
Brammer’s largest online tournament score came in 2011 when he finished runner-up in the FCOOP Main Event on PokerStars, earning $236,524. He also finished runner-up finish in SCOOP 20-H in 2013 for $131,955. Back in August, Brammer took down the PokerStars Super Tuesday for $106,780.
Brammer has a solid record in live tournament play as well. In addition to his aforementioned run in the 2012 WSOP-E, he also finished 5th in the $10k Six-Max at the 2012 WSOP in Las Vegas for over $200k. He has also cashed three times in the WSOP Main Event in Vegas, most recently this past summer.
Brammer has $1.26 million in live earnings to bring his combined earnings to over $6.58 million.
Who the hell is Rick Trigg you ask? Unless you’re a serious online poker player, you’ve probably never heard of this tournament superstar. Known online as “TheClaimeer”, the Sheffield resident has amassed over $6.22 million in online tournament earnings. He has over 200 victories and over 500 top three finishes.
Trigg has some impressive wins under his belt, including the PokerStars Super Tuesday, Sunday 2nd Chance, Sunday Brawl, the T-Rex and more. When not playing tournaments, he prefers to play either NL or PL Hold’em cash games from stakes ranging from $3/$6 to $5/$10.
Trigg has enjoyed some success in the live arena with over $629,000 in earnings. In 2013, he took down the Grosvenor Poker Tour Main Event in BlackPool as well as a $1k preliminary at the Binions Poker Classic in Las Vegas.
Who doesn’t love a comeback story? John Gale emerged as a star during the Poker Boom. He won the 2005 PCA for his first WPT title and in 2006, he took his first WSOP bracelet. Until 2011, Gale was a fixture of the international poker scene with over $3 million in tournament earnings.
Then suddenly, he vanished. From 2012 until the 2015 WSOP, we hadn’t heard from Gale. He would later reveal that he had undergone various procedures on a brain tumor and open-heart surgery. Despite the surgery on the tumor being unsuccessful, Gale made his way to the 2015 WSOP to see if he could catch lightening in a bottle.
Boy did he ever. After cashing in the $1,500 Six-Max, Gale went on to final table and win the $1,000 NL Turbo Event for his second career bracelet and $298,290. Gale went on to cash twice more at the WSOP and followed that up with a 12th place finish in the Bellagio Cup XI Main Event.
Gale’s comeback run wasn’t complete as he made a pair of deep runs at the 2015 WSOP Europe. First, Gale finished runner-up in the €550 Oktoberfest event for $110,186. He also finished 12th in the €550 PL Omaha event. Gale finished off 2015 with a pair of deep runs in preliminaries at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
It is unknown how much longer Gale will around, but it appears that he has one last run in him and has reestablished himself as one of England’s All-Time Greats. He has $3.78 million in career earnings.
Barny Boatman was an original member of the Hendon Mob and has a career that predates the Poker Boom. He is known throughout the UK for his poker prowess and as a commentator for everything from Late Night poker to Celebrity Poker Club and the EPT.
From 1998 to 2012, Boatman has shown a remarkable record of consistency, only twice failing to earn six figures in a year since the start of the Poker Boom. However, some believed that the game was beginning to pass Boatman by. He was 55 and was still without a major title.
So what do you do when you’re 55 and being told you’re past your prime? You tell them “Sod off” and win you a pair of bracelets. Ok, we doubt that Boatman told anyone to sod off but he did achieve the latter.
In 2013, Boatman finally took the stigma of “one of the greatest players to not win a bracelet” off his back when he took down Event #49 ($1,500 NL) at the 2013 World Series of Poker. This earned him his first bracelet and $546,080, the largest live score of his career.
Some players might be satisfied with proving their critics wrong, but Boatman wasn’t done showing that the “old man” can still play. In 2015, he made three WSOP final tables. He finished 3rd in the $1,500 Extended Play Event in the Vegas WSOP and then went on a tear in Europe.
First, Boatman finished 9th in the €3,250 PL Omaha Event. He later admitted that he was chip leader with 12 players left and felt he squandered that opportunity. Boatman got a chance to redeem himself a couple of days later when he made the final table of the €550 PL Omaha Event. This time, he managed to take down the tournament for his second career bracelet and to prove that he is still a threat in English poker.
Boatman has $3.06 million in live earnings but we feel he has more wins coming in the future.
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