If PokerStars' plethora of regional tours are meant to be breeding grounds for players to step up to the EPT then step forward exhibit No. 723, also known as Daniel Stacey.
The Brit, who lives in Stoke-on-Trent, is a 23-year-old professional poker player who finished fourth in the Sunday Million back in September. In October of 2013 he qualified to UKIPT London for $100 and turned that into £8,480 when he finished 11th. He knocked out Barry Greenstein but didn't get a copy of his book, however he did see him in Burger King the night after and shook his hand!
His performance at UKIPT London earned him a free seat to UKIPT Isle of Man and he did even better there, finishing sixth and earning a £21,250 pay day in November 2013.
He's playing today in Deauville having qualified online and he has dropped a bit from his starting stack to just 21,500. When he's not traveling the circuit he plays Omaha Zoom and tournaments.