Ashby's WSOP Win Adds to Burgeoning British Bankroll

Richard Ashby
Richard Ashby is the third Englishman to capture a WSOP title in 2010.

The British heater continued at the 2010 WSOP this week when Watford, England resident Richard Ashby captured first prize in the $1.5k Seven-Card Stud event. Ashby joins Praz Bansi and James Dempsey as 2010 English bracelet winners.

Ashby has made a name for himself playing nosebleed stakes cash games and now adds his first WSOP bracelet to a growing resume.

"I'm mostly known for playing online at fairly high-stakes and I haven't had much tournament success, so I'm really pleased to win a major," Ashby told PokerListings.

Ashby said the prestige means more to him than the money, although his $141k payday won't hurt either.

The Brit has come a long way from his humble beginnings. One now legendary story among poker circuit professionals involved Ashby putting his entire $4k bankroll on the line playing cash games.

The gamble went exceedingly well at first as he ran it all the way up to $100k. Unfortunately for Ashby, he lost the entire $100k by the end of the week and had to start from scratch.

We asked him to reflect on that story now that he has a bracelet in hand. "Even though the actual prize money is a lot of money, I've experienced winning and losing that amount online in a day," said Ashby. "But this means so much more than a big win online."

Ashby topped the likes of Alexander Kravchenko and Dan Heimiller-who was making his third final table appearance of the WSOP-for his final table victory. This was Ashby's third career final table appearance at the WSOP, and his ninth career WSOP cash.

"It really does validate all the hours I've put in coming here every year," said Ashby.

With all the English success at the WSOP, Ashby was asked if he would trade the bracelet for an England World Cup victory. "Absolutely not," he replied without hesitation. Good to see he has his priorities straight.

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