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Poker began booming in the UK years before Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 WSOP Main Event. The show Late Night Poker went a long way to influence a generation of poker players and player such as David “DevilFish” Ulliott were among the most emulated in the world.

In addition, online poker in the UK has been legal since the beginning of the industry. As such, UK players have had unlimited opportunities to grow their game. That explains why the country has produced some of the best players in the history of the game.

Sam Trickett Easily Tops All in UK – Late DevilFish Second

Sam Trickett is #1 on the UK’s All-Time Money List and 7th on the Global All-Time Money List on the strength of his runner-up finish in the 2012 $1 Million Big One for ONE DROP.

Stephen Chidwick has done well in Aria High Roller events in 2016 and has rocketed up the list to second all-time with $6.23 million.

The late David “DevilFish” Ulliott is third all-time with just over $6.2 million.

  1. Sam Trickett – $20,587,718
  2. Stephen Chidwick –  $6,232,034
  3. David “DevilFish” Ulliott – $6,218,290
  4. Roland de Wolfe – $5,330,556
  5. Jack Salter – $4,993,990
  6. Surinder Sunar – $4,650,486
  7. Chris Moorman – $4,422,446
  8. James Bord – $4,304,535
  9. Jake Cody – $4,186,847
  10. Mark Teltscher – $4,165,025
  11. John Gale – $3,893,068
  12. David Vamplew – $3,838,172
  13. Tony Bloom – $3,525,161
  14. Ram Vaswani – $3,490,212
  15. James Akenhead – $3,476,192
  16. Neil Channing – $3,413,432
  17. Roberto Romanello – $3,357,483
  18. Paul Newey – $3,341,058
  19. Barny Boatman – $3,180,432
  20. Max Silver – $3,160,091

UK Climate Favorable to Producing Outstanding Poker Players

Finally, the UK is one of the best countries in the world for producing world-class poker players. In addition to having some amazing live poker venues, online poker is legal in the UK. Also, UK poker players do not have to pay taxes on their winnings. This makes playing poker as a profession attractive.

This nearly perfect storm of factors means that the UK will continue to crank out world-class players for years to come. Furthermore, expect those that are already in the game to continue to climb up the All-Time Money List to establish their place among the game’s elite players.

These are the best 2018 online poker sites in the United Kingdom:

James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.