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Who Are The Biggest British Winners In Poker?
Our friends from across the pond have produced some exceptional poker players over the years. Some of the British poker stars are ranked right up there with the game’s elite grinders.
You may believe British people are only interested in talking about the weather and east roast beef. You’re wrong! The United Kingdom has a long line of poker players who don’t look out of place in any game, regardless of its buy-in.
$82,836,611 is combined live poker tournament winnings of the UK’s top five earners. That’s a pretty phenomenal amount from a country with a population of 66.65 million.
This article looks at the top five British poker players in relation to their live tournament winnings. You may form a different opinion of our cousins once you’d read about some of their remarkable achievements.
Stephen Chidwick Is The Biggest British Winner
Steven Chidwick is the very best of the British players. Chidwick has amassed $34,387,646 from live poker tournaments, placing him first in England’s all-time money listings. He’s also the only Brit to feature in the overall all-time money listing; he’s ranked sixth.
Many poker player specialize in one variant, but not Chidwick. He’s equally adept at No-Limit Hold’em as he is 2-7 Triple Draw. There isn’t a poker game that Chidwick doesn’t excel in.
Chidwick has won almost $5.2 million from online poker tournaments, although he doesn’t play anywhere near as much online as he once did. He’s a true global superstar, one who seems to be improving every year.
Sam Trickett Is Probably The Biggest British Winner Including Cash Games
Sam Trickett was the player who topped the British all-time money listings for what seemed an age. That was until Chidwick became a regular in the Super High Roller tournaments around the world.
Trickett already has a reputation for being a fearless player when he enjoyed his breakthrough year in 2010. Trickett won $1,071,356 that year, giving him the bankroll to play whatever games he wanted.
$4,598,038 came Trickett’s way in 2011 then $11,166,187 in 2012. The bulk of that eight-figure sum coming from his runner-up finish in the $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop. Trickett walked away with $10,112,001 with Antonio Esfandiari banking $18,346,673.
Trickett has likely won more than any other British player because of his love of cash games. The lad from Nottingham has been a regular in the biggest cash games on the planet. He’s gone on record saying he’s seen cash games with $5 million pots! Those games are highly private, however, so we may never know how much money he’s won.
Charlie Carrel Looks Set to be the Next British Player to Win $10 Million
Charlie Carrel is one of poker’s most likeable characters. The talented youngest built his bankroll from a few dollars and now picks and chooses when he wants to play poker. He won the €25,500 High Roller event at the 2015 EPT Grand Final for €1,114,000 ($1,241,682). I predicted this result in a different article!
Carrel semi-retired from poker despite his tender age. The adage “you don’t quit poker, poker quits you” runs true because Carrel still dabbles in games. Earlier this month, Carrel won the WPT Online Series Super High Roller for $600,250. The boy still has the skills to take on poker’s biggest stars.
Ben Heath From Zero To Hero
Ben Heath is one of Charlie Carrel’s best friend. The talented pair taught each other how to play poker and built their bankrolls together. Whatever they learned together worked because Heath now has $8,684,985 in live MTT winnings.
It’s not always been rosy for Heath. He admitted he went broke and needed to rebuild his shattered bankroll. Heath’s more than done that. All his hard work paid off in 2019 when he won the $50,000 High Roller at the WSOP for $1,484,085. Heath got his hands on his first bracelet and had returned to the top.
He’s since won two more seven-figure prizes. A career-best $1,642,935 went Heath’s way in August 2019. This was for a third-place finish in the Triton London Main Event. He also won $1,000,000 for a fourth-place finish in a $250,000 buy-in event in Russia.
Jack Salter The Travelling Brit
Jack Salter is one of those players who seems to pop up in tournament results around the world. Salter was always on the move before the COVID-19 pandemic, racking up cashes in 18 different countries.
He already has 155 recorded live cashes and $8,421,664 in winnings. These figures will increase year on year. Salter has an Aussie Millions ring and WPT title. It’s only a matter of time before he wins a WSOP bracelet too.