The British Have Invaded the 2010 WSOP

June 29, 2010

With Brit James Dempsey at the helm, the British have invaded the 2010 WSOP. Having won five bracelets thus far, the United Kingdom is tied with Canada with the most bracelet wins of any other country outside the US during the 2010 World Series of Poker. The five British bracelet winners include Praz Bansi, James Dempsey, Richard Ashby, Mike Ellis, and Steve Jelinek.

Praz Bansi was the first Brit to win first place with the 2010 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em worth $515k. To date, Bansi has won two WSOP bracelets, has eight cashes, and more than $1.4 million in WSOP earnings.

James Dempsey followed suit winning the 2010 WSOP $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em worth $197K. Dempsey almost stole the show with another win finishing second place in the $10K Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better World Championship winning more than $301K. During his professional career, Dempsey has claimed one WSOP bracelet, four cashes, and more than $522k in WSOP earnings.

Richard Ashby joined the British spotlight with his 2010 WSOP win in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud worth a $140K win. He was a major contender in the $10K HORSE World Championship as well, but came away with second place and $378K instead. Quite the cash game specialist, Ashby has nabbed one WSOP bracelet, 11 cashes, and more than $604K in WSOP earnings.

Mike Ellis has had a modestly successful stint so far in the World Series of Poker. He just recently joined the Brit bracelet ranks with a steal of a win in the 2010 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold ’em event earning him the coveted gold bracelet and $581K. Ellis has earned one WSOP bracelet, six cashes, and $626K in WSOP earnings since 2008.

Dark horse Steve Jelinek took down a final table that included Phil Hellmuth and John Gottlieb in the 2010 WSOP $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better event. Not only did he take the gold bracelet, but he pocketed a quarter million dollars as well. Jelinek has won one WSOP bracelet, four cashes, and close to $300K in WSOP earnings since 2005.

Other Brits to watch out for during the 2010 World Series of Poker are Neil “Sensei” Channing, Sam Trickett, and Chris Bjorn.


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