|In any sport, people always want to know who’s top dog and the phenomenal rise in the popularity of Poker and the number of professional players over the last five years, has led to a craving for stats to decide just who is the ‘King of the Chips’.
In similar vein to golf’s PGA Order of Merit or the ATP Tour rankings in tennis, European Poker now has a backer for it’s ‘league table’ after the announcement of a two-year deal by Williamhillpoker.com with PokerInEurope.com (in association with Poker Europa magazine), to back The Williamhillpoker.com European Poker Rankings.
Devised to show who are the top performing players on the European poker stage, there have been four previous winners: Pascal Perrault of France in 2000, Marcel Luske of Holland in 2001 and 2003 and Gary Bush of England in 2002. The current holder of the title for 2004 is Willie Tann of England and the current leader is Englishman Julian Thew (also sponsored by Williamhillpoker.com)
For 2005 there are currently 66 different ranking tournaments, with well over 300 individual events. To help level the playing field, and not favour players able to play in more tournaments than others, it was decided in 2003 that only a players’ top ten results would count towards the overall ranking list, and their top five results would count towards the individual games lists (Holdem, Omaha and 7 Card Stud).
Jon Shoreman from PokerInEurope.com who created the European Rankings said, “The European Poker Rankings are of great interest to the players on the European Poker scene. Poker players have big egos, and everyone wants to be at the top of the list! The money added by Williamhillpoker.com to the Rankings for 2005 now gives players an added incentive to win!”
Dan Taylor, Operations Director for Williamhillpoker.com commented; “Williamhillpoker.com is extremely proud to be the title sponsor of the European Rankings. It is wholly appropriate to be backing the leader board for the best in Europe, and will serve to further strengthen the Williamhillpoker.com brand right across the continent.
Current Rankings for 2005 can be viewed at:
European Tournament Schedule can be viewed at: