British Invasion Hits the World Series of Poker


June 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This is not the Beatles; it is not even the Rolling Stones. While the normal culprits are absent, there is still a “British invasion” going on at the World Series of Poker, as players from England are making their presence known throughout the 2010 WSOP.

Steve Jelinek picked up the bracelet for yesterday’s Event 41, 1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better. In the process, the Birmingham native not only earned his first career WSOP bracelet, he ran Britain’s total this year to an impressive five. The “fab five” not only represents the country’s largest total ever, (the previous best was three) it also puts England in second place overall, pushing the motherland past former colony Canada and trailing only the United States.

Jelinek’s victory was particularly impressive, because he teamed up with fellow Brit Joel Ettedgi at a final table that included legendary player Phil Hellmuth. While Hellmuth has the more illustrious career, Jelinek is no pushover; he has made final table runs at the GUKPT, the EPT Main Event, and this same event at last year’s WSOP. In the end, he defeated John Gottlieb heads up for the $245,871first prize and the coveted WSOP bracelet.

Thanks to his victory, Jelinek joins Praz Bansi, James Dempsey, and Richard Ashby as this year’s winners from Jolly Old England. With even career bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth powerless to stop it, there is a definite British invasion going on at the 2010 WSOP.

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