The five UK professional poker players who are expected to win big money at the WSOP 2014 are Stephen Chidwick, Simon Deadman, Liv Boeree, Niall Farrell, and Max Silver.
The Global Poker Index (GPI) has assigned the 24th rank to Chidwick, who had finished third in the Prague leg of the Eureka Poker Tour in Dec 2013. Four days later, he again finished third in the main event of the EPT, winning a large six-figure prize of $517,992. He finished in the EPT cash five more times before he finished seventh and won €187,200 in the €25k buy-in EPT Grand Final High Roller tournament. Chidwick is among the few UK poker pros specializing in mixed poker games.
Simon Deadman, the former winner of the WPT National Series in Dublin, has begun the year in a very lucrative manner. He became the runner-up of the Genting Poker Series, which was held in Nottingham, and won $115,355. Later, he became the runner up of the France leg of the EPT Poker Series High Roller tournament and won $119,447. In February, he finished second and won $45,603 and $66,752 playing the GPS Birmingham and the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour, respectively. Deadman’s fans expect him to win big WSOP prizes this year.
Female poker player Liv Boeree is also expected to perform well at this year’s WSOP. She is one of the two female poker pros to win an EPT championship. Boeree, who is going to present Mind Control Freaks, an upcoming television show, began the year by finishing 50th and winning $32,000 playing the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and as the runner-up of an UKIPT tournament in Edinburgh.
Scottish poker pro Niall Farrell could also win big money this WSOP. Recently, he outlasted a field of 2,557 players at the main event of the Full Tilt Poker Online Series, for which he won $236,233. Last year, he had emerged as the runner-up of a WSOP event and taken home a prize of $366,815.
Max Silver had a tough time last year, but has begun 2014 on a more lucrative note. He became the runner-up of the UKIPT London High Roller event, the winner of the UKIPT Isle of Man High Roller Event, finished sixth at the Prague leg of the EPT and won $219,530, won the UKIPT Dublin event for $73,793, and finished ninth at the main event of the PCA for $135,400. Silver is also expected to win big at this WSOP.