WSOP Players To Watch: The Europeans

The 2015 World Series of Poker is fast approaching and the convention space at the Rio will be filled players looking to make their mark on poker history. George Danzer made history in 2014 as the first European-born player to win Player of the year and Martin Jacobson won the Main Event.

The Europeans have always had a strong contingent at the WSOP and 2015 should be no different. BLUFF tapped five European players to watch once the doors to the Rio open.

Stephen Chidwick

StephenChidwick_7973Career Earnings: $3,689,259
WSOP Earnings: $1,245,369
WSOP Cashes: 29
WSOP Bracelets: 0

Chidwick has been attending the WSOP since 2010 and despite not owning a bracelet, the young Brit has 29 WSOP cashes and $1.2 million in WSOP earnings. Since 2013 he’s made four final tables – including a fourth place finish in the $25,000 Six-handed event in 2013 for $353,780.

Chidwick found success in big buy-in, small-field events with a sixth place finish in the 2012 $50,000 Poker Players Championship, but also proved he could navigate the low buy-in, huge field events with cashes in the first Little One for One Drop and other events between $1,500 and $3,000.

George Danzer

GeorgeDanzer_1080wCareer Earnings: $2,058,329
WSOP Earnings: $1,729,317
WSOP Cashes: 18
WSOP Bracelets: 3

Danzer is one year removed from WSOP Player of the Year campaign where he won two bracelets and cashed seven times in Las Vegas before going to WSOP APAC where took the POY lead away from Brandon Shack-Harris and won a third bracelet.

The German player earned $867,101 at WSOP events and before 2014 he “only” had five final table finishes, including, a fifth place in the 2013 $50,000 PPC, a third place in the 2012 and 2010 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championships and cashed in the 2006 Main Event.

Anatoly Filatov

FilatovCareer Earnings: 1,222,253
WSOP Earnings: $6,745
WSOP Cashes: 2
WSOP Bracelets: 0

Filatov has just two WSOP cashes to his credit – a top 100 finish in a 2012 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event and a small cash in 2014’s Little One for One Drop. While he’s short on Las Vegas earnings he’s earned $1.2 million playing in events across Europe and Asia.

Filatov has four six-figure cashes in the last year, including a win in the partypoker WPT Meric Classic High Roller for $156,000. The largest cash of his career came from the 2014 EPT Vienna High Roller with a runner-up finish for $364,643. But he also has the experience of cashing in low buy-in, large field events.

Jack Salter

Jack_Salter_ukipt3_wCareer Earnings: $2,314,003
WSOP Earnings: $494,375
WSOP Cashes: 5
WSOP Bracelets: 0

Since 2010 Salter has been a regular on the European circuit with over $2 million in lifetime earnings, but he is a relative new comer to the WSOP in Las Vegas. He cashed three times in 2013 – his first year of WSOP results – but then hit it big with a runner-up finish in the 2014 APAC Main Event for $452,895.

Salter’s flush bankroll and large field experience helped him crack the top 60 in BLUFF‘s 2014 Player of the Year race. Salter’s cashes have come from all over the globe – in the past six months he’s cashed in Macau, the UK, Prague, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Malta and Los Angeles, California.

Ole Schemion

ole_schemionCareer Earnings: $7,719,494
WSOP Earnings: $0
WSOP Cashes: 0
WSOP Bracelets: 0

The poker world waited with bated breath in 2014 for Ole Schemion to arrive for his first WSOP having recently turned 21 years-old. But that’s not what we got; Schemion was hardly seen in the halls of the Rio.

Schemion did play a couple of events at the end of the Series, including the Main Event, but his only Las Vegas cash came from the WPT500 event at the Aria. Schemion’s high roller success should serve him well in 2015’s big buy-in events.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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