Meet Jack Salter – European Breakout Player of the Year

The 14th annual GPI European Poker Awards took place on March 25 at the Portomaso Marina Hilton Hotel in St. Julians, Malta, where currently, Season 11 of the European Poker Tour is being held, as well. The ceremony gathered together some of the biggest names on the European poker scene as well as industry and media personalities to celebrate their achievements throughout 2014.

Awards were given in as many as 12 categories, with Breakout Player of the Year indisputably being among the most interesting ones. The nominees in this particular category were Oliver Price, Dominik Panka, George Danzer, and Jack Salter.

Generally speaking, the Breakout Player of the Year is given to those European poker players who have not won any major title, but have had a breakout year in live tournaments. The nominees and the winner in this category are determined and voted by the nomination panel and the Jury.

And the name of this year’s European Breakout Player is Jack Salter. He was born on March 10, 1987 in London. According to Salter’s profile on the Global Poker Index official website, his first participations in major live tournaments date back to November 2010, but it was not until last year when he started gathering more popularity. Salter won several quite prestigious poker events and finished second and third at even more prestigious ones, demonstrating outstanding skills and composure.

In April 2014, the player almost won the EPT Season 10 Grand Final, held in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Salter faced Italian poker pro Antonio Buonanno in a heads-up play, which lasted more than 10 hours and officially became the longest one in the EPT history. Eventually, the British player had to content himself with the second place and the amount of $1,058,369, his biggest live cash so far.

In October 2014, Salter also finished second at the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific AU$10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event, where he received the consolation prize of AU$516,960 or $448,714, after he was defeated by American Scott Davies.

It seems that a lot will be heard about Salter in future, as he is doing quite well in 2015, too. He finished third at the ANZPT Perth No Limit Hold’em – 6 Handed event, winning AU$21,750, fifth at the 2015 L.A Poker Classic No Limit Hold’em – Turbo High Roller, where he received $153,450.

Currently, Salter can be seen at EPT Malta. Only a few days ago, he took the second place in a No Limit Hold’em – Turbo event at the Portomaso Casino and was awarded €79,500 .

With all that said, the British player’s winnings from live tournaments now amount to $2,354,041 and he has all the necessary skills to increase these considerably.

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