Mathew Frankland is one of the United Kingdom’s best poker tournament players and he is making a nuisance of himself whenever he enters a hand here in the WPT National London Main Event.

You may recall Frankland participated in the Premier League V that was held in Vienna, Austria in April 2012. Frankland qualified for the Premier League via a satellite on partyPoker and the Teesside-born London resident turned that satellite entry into $145,000. First Frankland topped his group with 40 points, each worth $2,000, which was no easy task. Frankland had to battle the likes of Sam Trickett, Phil Laak, Tony G, Andy Frankenberger, Erik Seidel, Eugene Katchalov and Luke Schwartz over three single table tournaments.

The live final was not kind to Frankland and he never managed to get out of second gear. He ultimately busted in seventh place when he opened to 30,000 at 7,500/15,000 only to see Daniel “Jungleman” Cates three-bet to 80,000. Frankland four-bet shoved for 231,000 and Cates eventually called with . Frankland was ahead with his pair of sevens but the on the turn ended Frankland’s hopes of becoming the Premier League V champion.

The WPT National London Main Event seems to be progressing better for Frankland as he is up to around the 50,000 mark. Just before the break Frankland opened to 900 from under the gun and was called by PartyPoker qualifier and EPT Madrid champion Frederik Jensen and Samuel Guilabert, the latter being seated on the button. The flop fell and Frankland continued with a bet of 1,400 and both active players folded.

Frankland has since moved tables and now has to contend with French duo Manuel Bevand and Benjamin Pollak. We will let you know how he gets on.

Who is your tip to win this year’s Premier League?

Mathew Frankland seems to think Daniel Cates or Sam Tricket will win this year, although he also thinks the structure suits Daniel Negreanu. Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below and remember to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook now!

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