There are only two players who won poker’s Triple Crown – World Poker Tour (WPT) title; European Poker Tour (EPT) title and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. Roland de Wolfe is the second man who gained the three titles when he won $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8 bracelet this year. He even wore a Union Jack track suit during the final table of the WSOP game to tell the world that he’s proud to be an Englishman.
The first poker pro who won the Triple Crown was Gavin Griffin. He won in $3,000 Pot Limit Hold ‘Em in 2004 to gain his WSOP bracelet; he gained the EPT Grand Final Title in 2007 and he won the WPT Borgata Classic in 2008.
Roland garnered the first crown of his Triple Crown in 2005 when he won the WPT Grand Prix de Paris. The second one in 2006 when he succeeded during the EPT Dublin Title and then he won his final crown during the $5,000 PLO8 at the 2009 WSOP succeeding against 197 players including Gavin Griffin himself.
De Wolfe has been a writer in a poker magazine called the Edge and he confess that he knew a little about the poker variant that gave him his first bracelet. He said, “I’ve played PLO; and I’ve played limit Omaha 8; so, I just combined what I know about the two!”
Roland was already a known face at the European and American poker scene beginning on 2005 when he first made his first WSOP cash in an NLHE event. But do you also know that De Wolfe hugest win came not from the three events where he got his triple crown but from being 3rd in the $25,000 WPT Championship he participated in 2006? He got at least a million dollar from that event.
His win in the WSOP this year marks his first victory in the US territory even if he got good records from his preceding WSOP tournaments: 14 WSOP cashes and a total pay of $650,000 from the WSOP.
The two member club will soon increase its number due to the large number of participants playing in the EPT each year. Lots of American poker pros have been traveling in Europe in order to bag an EPT win in their pockets.
Maybe poker enthusiast will consider adding the Aussie Millions and Asian Pacific Poker Tour in order to form a Grand Slam to augment with the EPT, WPT and WSOP.
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