PokerPlayer Top 5: UK poker moments

Sky Poker’s UKPC will dominate the poker headlines this week and the PokerPlayer team will be out in force, looking to take down the inaugural main event!

As the week-long festival at Dusk Till Dawn kicks off we thought we’d honour it with a look back at some of the UK’s best poker moments! Here’s our top five videos, but hopefully when Monday comes around there will be one more to add to the list…

5. Liv Boeree wins EPT San Remo – 2009

It was the win that catapulted Liv from celebrity poker hopeful to genuine superstar in the game. Whilst she wasn’t the first female Brit to win an EPT, conquering 1,239 players to win the one of the biggest EPT’s ever deserves a place on the list. Oh, and there was the €1,250,000 cheque too!

Here’s the final table coverage if you want to relive all the big moments, but for the winning hand just skip to 44 minutes…

4. James Akenhead makes the November Nine – 2009

Ok so James might not have won the damn thing but he had some run at trying. By making the WSOP Main Event November Nine, the now bar owner inspired a new generation of UK professionals. 

The final table – and this hand in particular – showed the poker world exactly what a Brit rail was like. Passionate and funny, but above all else, incredibly loud! 

3. Vicky Coren becomes the first female EPT winner – 2006

She was a regular in the games at the Victoria Casino in London, but when the EPT rolled into town Vicky Coren was cheered on to victory by the very players she tackled week in, week out.

A respected journalist and author, Coren has since been able to spread the poker word to thousands and thousands of non poker-playing readers. 

2. Jake Cody wins WSOP $25k HU and poker’s triple crown – 2011

Cody was already an EPT (Deauville) and WPT (London) champion when he tackled the very best in the game, one-on-one at the WSOP in 2011.

Here’s the last 20 minutes of the heads-up clash against Yevgeniy Timoshenko, which includes another fantastic Brit rail and the moment Cody made history!

1. Sam Trickett wins $10,000,000 in The Big One for One Drop – 2012

It was the biggest tournament ever held and the UK had a hero battling it out for the $18,000,000 top prize. Sam Trickett had stumped up the $1,000,000 entry fee and although he fell just short in the end, the heads-up battle against Antonio Esfandiari must go down as the best moment in UK poker history.

Matchbook has since produced a brilliant documentary on Trickett’s run at the title and below is just the preview. If you want to watch the full version then just click here to watch all four parts.

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