Poker’s Triple Crown winners: Roland de Wolfe

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jun 18, 2011 Posted in Poker Players | No Comments »

One of the most exclusive clubs in the poker world is the Triple Crown –players who have won a World Series of Poker bracelet, a World Poker Tour Championship, and a European Poker Tour Championship. With just four current members, the Triple Crown is one of tournament poker’s greatest accomplishments, and is on every poker player’s “Bucket List”.

Roland de Wolfe was the first player to join Gavin Griffin in the Triple Crown when he accomplished the feat after winning the $5k Pot Limit Omaha 8 or better tournament at the 2009 World Series of Poker. The English poker pro had previously won the $10,000 WPT Grand Prix de Paris in 2005 and the €5,000 EPT Irish Masters Tournament in 2006, for the other two legs of the Triple Crown.

In stark contrast to Gavin Griffin, de Wolfe is one of the most consistent tournament players in poker, and since his first full year on the tournament trail in 2005 has never earned less than $450,000 in any given year according to thehendonmob.com. Over the course of his relatively short career de Wolfe has earned $5,330,554.

Of the Triple Crown winners, Griffin, Jake Cody, and Bertrand “ElkY” Grosspellier, being the others, de Wolfe is probably the least known of the bunch, but at the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe, de Wolfe narrowly missed making his Triple Crown all the more impressive when he finished 4th in the £10,000 WSOPE Main Event, which would have most likely made de Wolfe the best known Triple Crown winner!

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