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British Poker Players Doing Well at the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event

With the playing field of the 2009 world series of poker Main Event sliced to 407 participants on July 11th, 2009, a number of top British

Poker pro Roland de Wolfe said that these successes are significant for the growth of the British poker circuit. He said that any British poker player who won a bracelet is going to help with the improvement of the game in Great Britain. The British poker pros are riding this wave of momentum with a lot of British poker pros packed into the latter parts of the WSOP Main Event following Day 4, the British charge headed by James Akenhead and Adam Latimer of BlackBeltPoker. James Akenhead, a member of the Hit Squad Team, sits near the top of the overall chip leaderboard with 1,140,000 chips.

Fellow member Praz Bansi set the standard for his teammates by winning a bracelet in 2006 and Akenhead himself came close to duplicating this achievement last year by finishing in 2nd place in one of the 2008 WSOP events. He is joined in the last 400 by another Hit Squad member, Karl Mahrenloz, who is also in great form having won a $500 Deep Stack event in Las Vegas this summer. Former World Heads-Up champion Jeff Kimber can relate to Akenhead's experiences in narrowly missing on a WSOP bracelet as he was defeated by J.C. Tran in this year's $2.5K Omaha bracelet event.

But he had no signs of depression from his near miss, expertly negotiating his chip stack through the latter stages of the tournament. Poker pro Kara Scott thrilled her fans by making it to the latter stages of the 2008 Main Event and built on that success with an outstanding run in the 2009 Irish Poker Open that almost saw her win the title. Neil Channing's BlackBeltPoker have built on their earlier results in the tournament-three of their members made it into Day five.


07/20/2009, Monday
Sherry Barlow

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