The transition from the local casino, to the highest buy-in events in the world, is a route not often traveled by the modern day poker player. These days’s the starlets of the future seem to prefer the virtual route, but every now and then someone bucks the trend and shows everyone what is possible when you decide to deal in just bricks and mortar.
Simon Deadman is a trend bucker.
He has been playing poker since 2009 and recently started to sweep all before him in the U.K. He has made numerous final tables at the Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour (GUKPT), including a victory for $78,970 in Blackpool last year. But he has also done exceedingly well in the new Genting Poker Series (GPS) and big tournaments at the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) card room and casino.
So how big is that line between the local game and the more national UK events?
“It’s huge, but practice and experience is key. To go deep in one of those you need experience. I grew up a bit and stopped spewing. Running golden helps as well.”
As Deadman started to grow his reputation within the U.K, we all wondered whether or not he had the ability to transcend to a more global level. He is getting there after winning the World Poker Tour (WPT) National Series in Dublin for $89,074.
So how big is that line between the U.K national level and the WPT level.
“It’s also huge. You notice the difference a lot. You sit down at one of these and there are only a few players who seem to be weak. Everyone else seems to be a very high standard.”
Simon Deadman starts Day 2 of WPT Barcelona with 44,700 in chips.