Ontario’s 22 year old Steve “BetrThanPhil” Tripp has taken down yet another talent packed tournament, this time a £1000 pound buy-in at EPT London. While this around £41,000 score clearly doesn’t come with the prestige and headlines of winning the main event, it is more Tripp’s recent track record on both the live and online felts that is definitely worthy of mention.
Though Steve graduated with his 3 year business degree last year, he hasn’t really had reason to be handing out resumes just quite yet; since graduating from high school and turning 18, Tripp has around $800,000 in combined winnings on the poker felts.
Just looking at 2011, “BetrThanPhil” chopped the Sunday Warm-Up for around $75,000 just prior to the WSOP and while in Vegas, took down a field of 248 in Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza $1000 for more than $57,000. Next, over the recent 2011 World Championships of Online Poker, Steve was one of the best performers world wide, tied for 6th place for “Most Cashes by a Player” with 7 in the money finishes and playing only the No Limit Hold’em Events, making the stat an even more impressive ratio when one considers total number of games played.
While Tripp failed to score a bracelet during the series, over the same time period he did wind up shipping a $320 buy-in $100k GTD, defeating Johnny Lodden Heads-Up for a more than $42,000 finish, having no problem figuring out the over/under on “what Lodden thinks” on this particular day.
Now just a few weeks later, Tripp is adding around $67,000 CAD to his tally with his European Poker Tour Score, defeating a field of 138 in this particular £1000 buy-in event.
Steve’s largest win to date came back in April of 2010 in FTOPS Event #9, where he won almost $194,000 and the once coveted winners Jersey. Despite the bad reputation the hosting site has acquired since, most players will still agree and count this is a crowning poker achievement.
PocketFives.com’s sortable rankings puts Tripp in the top 30 online players in Canada,16th in Ontario and overall Steve sits in 150th of it’s tracked players from around the world. Pretty damn impressive considering this would be his first year his was able to dedicate the game since completing school. With roughly a quarter of a million in just his 4 first place finishes in the last 10 months, those that are hesitant to call him “one of Canada’s current best should at least agree he is one of the up and comers”.
Tripp is also one of the original members of the Orangville Poker Tour, a group of Ontario players with a home game league that has been producing players that just keep showing up with top results across the the country. If this latest score is any indicator, it seems the members of the OPT are keen to expand that track record around the globe.
Also part of the same “poker crew” as Tripp, back in April, Darryl “Wetts1012” Wettlaufer won the inaugural $600 event in Winnipeg for more than $30,000, while over this years WSOP, Kirk Caldwell won a $1,500 event for more than $685,000. Steve’s online peers, like Jacob “Vekked” Meyers are also currently ranked amongst Canada’s best, so “BetrThanPhil” certainly has plenty available “shop talk” to keep growing and stay on top of his medium limit game.