See below for results and coverage for all 36 scheduled poker tournaments that take place at EPT London. The main results table lists all event winners and total prize pools, and you can click the event name and get full results.
Player Lists, Gallery Photos, Payout, Side Events and Final Table for the Main Event, Super High Roller and High Roller tournaments are also available.
|1*||UKIPT Main Event
£1,000 + £100
|2*||NL - UKIPT Turbo - Win the Button!
£100 + £10
|3*||NL - UKIPT NL - Turbo
£200 + £20
|5*||UKIPT London Cup
£300 + £30
|266||£77,406||Emmanouil- Iason Tsourounakis
|7*||UKIPT High Roller
£2,000 + £200
|9*||PLO Double Chance
£300 + £30
|1||Robbie Bull||PokerStars Qualifier||113,405|
|3||Jack Salter||PokerStars Qualifier||59,125|
|9||Jesse McKenzie||PokerStars Player||10,360|
|10||Sunny Chattha||PokerStars Player||8,480|
|13||Wayne Yap||PokerStars Qualifier||7,535|
|17||Rumen Nanev||PokerStars Player||6,085|
|19||Adrian Demusca||PokerStars Player||5,360|
|22||Vytautas Spakauskas||PokerStars Player||4,635|
|23||Karol Rostkowsk||PokerStars Player||4,635|
|24||Jesper Winzerling||PokerStars Qualifier||3,915|
|26||Georgios Kapalas||PokerStars Player||3,915|
|27||Andrew Seabright||PokerStars Player||3,915|
|32||Ka Kwan Lau||2,970|
|34||David Lappin||PokerStars Qualifier||2,970|
|37||Carlos Manuel Oliveira||2,970|
|52||Najam Masood Qureshi||2,610|
|58||Peter Tero Robinson||2,280|
|71||Barry Greenstein||Team PokerStars Pro||2,280|
|72||Ludovicus Van Wely||1,995|
|73||Paul Williams||PokerStars Player||1,995|
|78||Luke Reeves||PokerStars Qualifier||1,995|
|79||Lukasz Roczniak||PokerStars Qualifier||1,995|
|80||Laurynas Levinskas||PokerStars Player||1,995|
|82||Michael Panteli||PokerStars Qualifier||1,995|
|85||Richard Chidwick||PokerStars Player||1,995|
|86||Henrique Pinho||Team PokerStars Pro||1,995|
|87||Brian Peattie||PokerStars Player||1,995|
|89||Phillip Mighall||PokerStars Qualifier||1,995|
|91||Kenny Hallaert||PokerStars Qualifier||1,995|
|93||David Docherty||PokerStars Qualifier||1,995|
|98||Simon Mattsson||PokerStars Player||1,810|
|99||Nick Wealthall||PokerStars Player||1,810|
|103||Jason Tompkins||PokerStars Qualifier||1,810|
|108||Mario Reyes Navarro||1,810|
|109||Karl Andre Oddsen||PokerStars Player||1,810|
|110||Danny van Ziyp||PokerStars Player||1,810|
|111||Victoria Coren||Team PokerStars Pro||1,810|
Seat 1: Lasse Frost, Denmark – 1,700,000
Arhus-based Lasse Frost has been playing poker for around eight years - mainly just for fun. However, in August 2012, he decided to take a year off from his job in economics to play poker full time. The decision paid off as in March this year he finished third at EPT Berlin for a gigantic €325,000 payday – by far his biggest live cash. At the time he said that even if he won EPT Berlin, he would still go back to work after the summer – and indeed he did, although it was in business for himself. Frost, who celebrates his 29th birthday next Saturday, considers himself both a cash game and tournament player and appears to have kept the knack – this is his first event on the UKIPT and he's made the final with average chips.
Seat 2: Jack Salter, United Kingdom (PokerStars Qualifier) – 3,645,000
Jack Salter won his seat to UKIPT London in a £11 rebuy satellite on PokerStars and now lies in near-tied first place with Ian Simpson going into the final day. Originally from London, the 26 year old studied in Manchester and now lives in Malta. In August this year, he enjoyed a deep run at UKIPT Galway, finishing 24th for €5,580. Jack's brother Louis also plays - although Jack has the edge when it comes to live events, with lifetime tournament winnings totaling more than $184,000. As well as UKIPTs, Salter has played events all over Europe including a few EPTs. Salter celebrated his 26th birthday on Thursday. He goes by the handle @jackziyang on twitter.
Seat 3: Dario Sammartino, Italy – 1,475,000
Italian player Dario Sammartino, 26, is no stranger to PokerStars live events and has cashed in numerous tournaments including the Italian Poker Tour and the European Poker Tour. Hailing from Naples, Italy, he won the IPT San Remo €5,000 High Roller in April for €35,000 and also made the penultimate day of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final in May, finishing 19th for €30,000. In 2011, he had a deep run in the WSOP Main Event, finishing 17th for € 37,000. His lifetime tournament winnings already total more than $500,000. Here in London, he was the Day 1b chip leader and has been consistently among the leaders throughout the event.
Seat 4: Robert Bull, Scotland (PokerStars qualifier) – 1,335,000
Robbie Bull is a UKIPT regular who won his trip to UKIPT London in a £100 2x Chance qualifier on PokerStars. In 2012, while a student in Edinburgh, he finished third in UKIPT Bristol for £33,000 – his biggest live cash to date. His live tournament winnings already total more than $63,000 and he's now guaranteed at least £13,115 more for making the final. His twitter handle is @Robbie_Bull; he describes himself as a "semi-professional poker player" but is racking up experience and cashes throughout the season.
Seat 5: Karl Mahrenholz, United Kingdom (PokerStars Qualifier) – 850,000
Karl Mahrenholz graduated in 2003 and started a career in the city, later finding the Gutshot Card Club where he came into contact with the young players who would become the Hitsquad. Fellow member Sunny Chattha narrowly missed the final himself (finishing 10th). Despite the fact that he has played poker since the age of 18, he only became a professional player in 2005 – a good move considering he has since taken nearly $1m in tournament winnings, including finishing in 1st place in the 2009 GUKPT Cardiff (£38,700). He describes the Connaught Rooms as the "best venue ever".
Seat 6: Ian Simpson, United Kingdom – 3,525,000
Despite dropping to a stack of just 5,000 on Day 1, Ian Simpson has proven his move from Biology teacher to professional poker player was a wise one. The 27 year old from Newcastle is best known for his exceptional performance in the Irish Open, first winning the 'Sole Survivor' promotion in 2012 and then the whole shebang in 2013. Seconds after the final hand that saw him win €265,000, he was down on one knee proposing to his girlfriend, something even hardened poker journalists had never seen before. Hoping to make this year even more profitable, Simpson enters the final table in London almost tied for the chip lead.
Seat 7: Paul Zimbler – United Kingdom – 505,000
Paul Zimbler has live tournament cashes that stretch back over a decade. Having taken down events from Dublin to Tangier (his biggest cash being €36,400 for winning a Pot Limit Omaha event at the Irish Open in 2010) Zimbler has set his sights on the UKIPT for the simple reason that, "the structure is perfect." The slow blind levels suit the Marbella Kid especially as he feels that many entrants are more used to online or turbo tournaments and emphasises the power of patience as an underused skill. He enters the final as the definitive short stack with ten big blinds, but by the time they return to the UKIPT feature table he will have put his earlier misgivings over certain late-stage large pots to one side and focus on building a stack to win.
Seat 8: Patryk Slusarek – United Kingdom – 1,710,000
Patryk Slusarek has been playing poker for six years, mixing both live and online versions of the game, now professionally. Based in London, he's no stranger to the international tournament scene, cashing previously in several WSOP events plus EPTs in Berlin, the PCA and Monte Carlo. His biggest live win to date came in the latter, when he cashed for €25,000 at the EPT Grand Final in 2009. When asked what the six-figure first prize would mean to him, he replied, "breaking even for the last six months!" Although insisting that he wouldn't spend any of the big prize money should he win it, it would be surprising if Slusarek did not stick around for some of the upcoming action around the EPT.
|4||EPT10 Super High Roller
£48,500 + £1,500
|6||NL Super Sat to EPT ME
£500 + £50
£300 + £30
|10||NL Hold'Em Turbo
£1,000 + £100
|11||EPT 10 London Main Event
£5,000 + £250
|12||Open Face Chinese Unl Re-entry
£2,000 + £200
|13||NL Omaha Hi/Lo Turbo Deepstack
£300 + £30
|14||Super Satellite to Main Event
£1,000 + £75
|83||£80,510||Anton Vilhelm Kraus
|15||Last Chance Turbo Satellite
£1,000 + £50
|16||NHL Turbo - 8-Handed
£2,000 + £150
£500 + £50
|19||NHL Turbo - Win the Button
£300 + £30
|20||NL Heads Up 32 cap
£1,000 + £100
|22||Pot Limit Omaha 8 Handed
£1,000 + £100
£1,000 + £100
|24||NL - Holdem - High Roller - Single Re-Entry - "8 Handed"
£10,000 + £300
|25||PL Omaha 8/Stud 8
£500 + £50
|26||NL Hold'em Turbo
£1,000 + £100
|27||NL Hold'em Turbo
£300 + £30
|28||NL Hold'em Deepstack
£500 + £50
|29||PLO Heads Up 32 cap
£1,000 + £100
|8||£7,760||Olivier Claude Jean Rousse
£500 + £50
|31||NL Hold'em 30 Min Levels 8 Hand
£1,000 + £100
|32||Prince George Mega Stack
£200 + £20
|33||NL Hold'em Turbo 6-handed
£5,000 + £30
|34||NL Hold'em Deepstack Turbo 30k GTD
£300 + £30
|74||£29,100||Marcel Dominik Feth
|35||NL Hold'em Turbo 6-handed
£2,000 + £150
|36||NL Hold'em Hyper Turbo - 10k GTD
£100 + £10
Seat 1: Patrik Antonius, Finland (745,000)
Patrik Antonius is a professional poker player from Helsinki, Finland, currently living in Monte Carlo. He is known for winning the European Poker Tour Baden Main Event in 2005 as well as scoring numerous World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour money finishes. Antonius is also considered one of the best high-stakes online poker players in the world.
Born in 1980, Antonius started playing poker at a very young age with his friends. He was also a very promising tennis player, but suffered a severe back injury as a teenager and was out of the training for a year and a half. It was at that time when he started taking poker seriously playing $50 games with his buddies. When he turned 18, Antonius took his game to the local casino.
Although Antonius pursued his tennis career after the injury, a few years later he suffered another one and was forced to give up his dream of becoming a tennis superstar. In search of a new path in life he tried a number of other things including modeling, waiting tables, selling products door-to-door coaching tennis, but nothing caught up to him. Nothing except poker.
Antonius cashed in three European Poker Tour events one of which brought him the EPT title. In 2005 Antonius took down the EPT Baden €4,000 Main Event for the €288,180 first-place prize. He finished third at the EPT Barcelona Main Event that very same year collecting €117,000. His third EPT cash came only seven years later when Antonius finished fourth in the €98,500 8 Max Super High Roller Reload event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for €443,000.
The first time Antonius finished in the money at the World Series of Poker was in 2005. He cashed in total of three events that year collecting almost $21,000 in winnings. Then in 2006 he added another five cashes. His best result that year was the ninth-place finish at the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event for which Antonius collected just over $200,000. In 2007 he scored his best WSOP result to date finishing third in the $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha for more than $300,000.
Antonius made another WSOP final table in 2008 placing seventh in the $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Hold'em for more than $120,000. Then in 2011 he scored a ninth-place finish at the WSOP Europe €10,000 Main Event in Cannes, France collecting €90,000.
Antonius begins today’s tournament as the short stack and will likely need to pick his spots carefully as the chip leader is seated to his direct left.
Seat 2: Martin Finger, Germany (4,740,000)
Very few players have had as much success as Germany’s Martin Finger in the last three years. It all started in 2011 when he amassed $1,037,917 in tournament winnings, which included a win in the EPT8 Prague Main Event for $964,023 – his largest career score to date. He also finished runner-up in a €1,000 No Limit Hold’em side event at that year’s EPT Barcelona for $60,508.
In 2012 he added $326,862 to his lifetime total by finishing fourth in the World Poker Tour Prague €10,000 High Roller for $65,501 and 14th in the EPT Grand Final €25,000 8 Max High Roller for $79,215.
Finger has already amassed $1,030,630 this year, and of course he’ll add to that significantly here today as his position as chip leader has him primed to make a run at the top prize. Finger’s superb year began back in January when he finished runner-up in the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championships $1,100 NLHE Event for $168,912, and then he followed that up with a great summer at the World Series of Poker. It was there that he took 14th in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller for $251,549 and won his first gold bracelet in Event #21 $3,000 NLHE Six-Handed for $506,764.
Finger currently sits #51 on the Global Poker Index 300, but he’ll be jumping a few spots no matter where he finishes today.
Seat 3: Bill Perkins, USA (2,005,000)
Bill Perkins, who rebought in this tournament, is an interesting character and it's certainly tough to label him. Venture capitalist, clean energy enthusiast, commodities trader, poker player, raconteur, political agitator? Perkins has worn all those hats and more, but perhaps the title of the tournament he's been playing in the last couple of days would be the most accurate for any future business cards: Bill Perkins, Super High Roller.
For his day job, Perkins, who is married with three children, runs private equity and venture capital company in Texas, with a wide portfolio of business interests and investments – including movie production.
As far as poker is concerned, Perkins is a regular face on the Super High Roller circuit and, what can you say, the guy loves to play for the big bucks. Perkins is a loose and fast kind of player. Poker isn't where he makes his money or rather he wasn't until he finished third in the WSOP One Drop for $1,965,163.
In this game Perkins would be considered one of the underdogs, but that may not be fair for the businessman and amateur poker player. He’s appeared on The Big Game where he tested his skills against the best in the world, and he is no stranger to big buy-in tournaments. It may be only a matter of time before Perkins captures a title, and it could very well happen today.
The EPT10 London £50,000 Super High Roller started Day 1 pulling together some of the biggest names of the poker world to play for the kind of money that most of us can only really dream of - £821,000 for the winner in a three-day tournament.
*Bio courtesy of PokerStars. For more, visit the PokerStars Blog.
Seat 4: Tobias Reinkemeier, Germany (845,000)
Tobias Reinkemeier is a German professional poker player best known for winning the Season 7 European Poker Tour Grand Final €25,000 High Roller Event for almost one million euros in prize money. A year later Reinkemeier finished runner-up in the €100,000 Super High Roller event at the EPT Grand Final collecting just over one million euros.
Born in 1987, Reinkemeier started playing poker back in 2006 as soon as he turned eighteen. He took off with an online $50 no-deposit bonus from a poker training site. Since then Reinkemeier had never deposited any of his own money on an online poker site.
It was at the EPT tables that Reinkemeier made a name for himself. His first live tournament cash came at the EPT Dortmund €500 Hohensyburg Open event. Reinkemeier won the tournament and took home €30,000 in prize money. Then in 2010 he scored the biggest win of his career by taking down the EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo €25,000 High Roller event for €956,000. Two years later he came back to Monte Carlo for the Grand Final and collected an even bigger cash prize. Reinkemeier placed second in the €100,000 Super High Roller and took home €1,064,000 in winnings.
In March of 2008, Reinkemeier won the €1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 2nd Chance event at the Vienna Spring Poker Festival taking home €30,500. Then in July he placed first in the €1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the VIP Days in Venlo, Netherlands for €27,000. In January, 2010 he final tabled the North American Poker Tour's PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller event. Reinkemeier ended up finishing the tournament in sixth place for $108,045. Then in September of the same year he reached the final table in another prestigious event, the Partouche Poker Tour's Main Event in Cannes, France. Reinkemeier placed eighth in that event for €130,700 in prize money. Two years later, in 2012 he finished second in the €10,000 High Roller 8 Max event at the GCOP II Vol. 4/6 event in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. He took home €93,000 in cash.
Before making a decision to drop out of school and concentrate on poker, Reinkemeier was studying economics at the university. Then in 2008 he opted to quit his studies and move to Malta together with his girlfriend, who also quit university at the same time. After living in Malta for a year, in 2009 Reinkemeier moved to London, England. In hindsight, all those decisions have turned out to be tremendously profitable.
Reinkemeier begins the day as the second shortest stack, though he does have position on two of the biggest stacks at the table.
Seat 5: Christoph Vogelsang, Germany (1,215,000)
Chistoph Vogelsang, 28, Masters in Risk and Finance. Comes from Germany but has lived in London for a few years and studied for an MBA in Risk and Finance at the London School of Economics. He mainly plays online high stakes heads-up cash games and has just started playing six max. He’s never played a live tournament of this size before but, after watching EPT Super High Rollers on television, he thought he stood a good chance.
Obviously that proved true as he has not only made the final table but has a real chance of making a run at the title with a stack of 1.215 million, which is good enough for fifth at the final table.
*Bio courtesy of PokerStars
Seat 6: David Benefield, USA (1,315,000)
David Benefield, a 27-year-old who made his name in the online poker realm, is one of the hottest players in the world right now. Not only is he a member of the 2013 World Series of Poker November Nine as the short stack in the Main Event final table, he currently leads the EPT10 Player of the Year Race. He’s also fresh off a fifth-place finish in the EPT10 Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller, a performance that earned him €208,150.
Credited with creating the quad monitor set-up – a grind station system used by hundreds of online players nowadays – Benefield once posted a “Raptor Challenge” on Two Plus Two stating that he wanted to make enough money to buy a $1.4-million vacation home in Costa Rica, and while that may have been a dream of days gone by, he’ll be at least halfway there as he’s guaranteed $733,224 as a member of the November Nine.
Prior to this year, Benefield’s largest score was for $150,035 after finishing eighth in the €50,000 Majestic Super High Roller at the 2012 WSOP Europe. He also took sixth in the 2010 Event #17 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $135,718. Other notable live accomplishments include 73rd in the 2008 WSOP Main Event for $77,200, 13th in the 2008 WSOP Event #1 $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em for $41,360 and 10th in Event #50: $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha for $53,721 the same year.
While things are going great for Benefield now, that wasn’t always the case for the former CardRunners instructor and member of the famed Ship It Holla Ballas. “For some reason, I am just not all that happy with what I am doing,” Benefield admitted in a blog post back in 2008. “I have made a ton of money, have set myself up for life, but can’t seem to get any fulfillment out of poker. I am working on some lifestyle changes, and they are coming along nicely.”
Among those lifestyle changes were eating healthfully, practicing yoga and moving to New Mexico to study philosophy and literature at St. John’s College. Benefield proceeded to announce his “retirement” from poker and two years later and transferred to Colombia University, where he is currently a part-time student studying Chinese and political science. While Benefield left the life of an online poker pro behind, he still traveled to the WSOP every year and as you know, while Benefield may have been done with poker, the game wasn’t done with him.
Seat 7: Timothy Adams, Canada (1,135,000)
Timothy Adams is a Canadian professional poker player hailing from Burlington, Ontario who holds over $1.6 million in live tournament winnings to his name. Adams is also known for his online play under the name "Tim0thee".
Adams' live tournament results date back as far as 2007, but he found true glory during the summer of 2012 at the World Series of Poker. During that summer, Adams scored an impressive five cashes, one of which happened to be a victory and a WSOP bracelet. Adams conquered the field of Event 28: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed to clinch his first bracelet win and pocket over $392,000 in prize money.
Despite his WSOP bracelet being one of, if not the most prestigious items on Adams' live poker resume, his largest cash came earlier this year at the 2013 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final. Adams scored a fourth-place finish in the €100,000 Super High Roller which netted him €485,100 in prize money ($636,088) for the largest live tournament score of his life.
Adams made the final table of eight in the EPT10 Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller, but left empty handed in eighth place as he was that tournament’s bubble boy. No doubt Adams is happy to redeem himself here in London.
Seat 8: Johannes Strassmann, Germany (2,215,000)
In the early years, German pro Johannes Strassmann was all over the EPT.
Between the EPT3 Grand Final in March 2007 and EPT Snowfest in Season 6 (March 2010), Johannes cashed in a total of nine events including three final tables and two ninth place finishes. His lifetime live tournament winnings exceed $1.1 million – and the vast majority of that comes from EPTs.
Since March 2010 however – when he finished third at EPT Snowfest for a career best cash of €166,000, Strassmann has been largely off the scene. Today he said he took a break from the live poker circuit for some “personal spiritual development”. He said: “I’ve actually been traveling a lot, all over ... Europe, Thailand and quite a long time in the US. My father is American and I have a huge family over there. He had five sisters, so I have lots and lots of cousins – there’s actually about 200 people in my American family.”
Strassmann hadn’t abandoned poker altogether however. He played the EPT Berlin High Roller last season and has also been playing high stakes cash games at casinos in the Czech Republic and online – “to make a living”.
He also went in to business, launching a German poker coaching site which subsequently failed. He said: “It’s OK. As an entrepreneur, you expect some ventures to fail.” Originally from Bonn but now living in Vienna, 28-year-old Strassmann plans to play more live events going forward – including EPT Prague in December, the PCA in January and the Grand Final.
He said: “I’m going to play the High Rollers and some Main Events – the fun ones!” He is also in the process of setting up Europe’s first ever €100,000 Heads-Up tourney in Prague in December.
*Bio courtesy of PokerStars
|1||Robin Ylitalo||PokerStars player||560,980|
|2||Georgios Karakousis||PokerStars qualifier||349,200|
|3||Leo McClean||PokerStars qualifier||249,850|
|5||Jeff Rossiter||PokerStars player||152,320|
|7||Jan Olav Sjavik||88,175|
|9||Martin Kozlov||PokerStars player||47,750|
|11||Javier Etayo||PokerStars player||39,255|
|12||David Yan||PokerStars player||32,810|
|13||Nicolau Villa-Lobos||PokerStars player||32,810|
|14||Tudor Purice||Live Satellite||28,710|
|15||Kent Roed||PokerStars qualifier||28,710|
|16||Neophytos Neophytou||Live Satellite||25,780|
|18||Thomas Muhlocker||PokerStars qualifier||22,850|
|23||Yngve Steen||PokerStars player||19,920|
|24||Ryan Yu||PokerStars player||17,285|
|25||Jamil Kanji||PokerStars player||17,285|
|26||Joey Lovelady||PokerStars qualifier||17,285|
|27||Salman Behbehani||PokerStars player||17,285|
|28||Shannon Shorr||PokerStars player||14,940|
|29||Leon Louis||PokerStars player||14,940|
|32||Ole Nergard||PokerStars player||13,180|
|33||Gino Gabriel||PokerStars qualifier||13,180|
|34||Paul Berende||PokerStars player||13,180|
|35||Dimitrios Farmakoulis||PokerStars qualifier||13,180|
|36||Ruben Velasco||PokerStars qualifier||13,180|
|37||Taneli Salonen||PokerStars player||13,180|
|39||Christoph Weckmann||PokerStars player||13,180|
|40||Joel Nordkvist||PokerStars player||11,425|
|41||Kitty Kuo||PokerStars qualifier||11,425|
|42||Timothy Adams||PokerStars player||11,425|
|43||Sebastian Mueller||PokerStars player||11,425|
|44||Wai Kin Yong||PokerStars player||11,425|
|45||David Blom||PokerStars player||11,425|
|46||Sam Greenwood||PokerStars qualifier||11,425|
|47||Mario Puccini||PokerStars qualifier||11,425|
|48||Andrew Newson||PokerStars qualifier||11,425|
|49||Josef Antos||PokerStars qualifier||11,425|
|50||Craig McCorkell||PokerStars player||11,425|
|52||Vasili Firsau||PokerStars player||11,425|
|53||Mateusz Zbikowski||PokerStars qualifier||11,425|
|56||Max Altergott||PokerStars player||10,255|
|57||David Vamplew||PokerStars player||10,255|
|58||Daniel Laidlaw||PokerStars qualifier||10,255|
|59||Luis Rodriguez||PokerStars player||10,255|
|60||Daniel Reijmer||PokerStars qualifier||10,255|
|61||Dan Smith||PokerStars qualifier||10,255|
|63||Chris Brammer||PokerStars qualifier||10,255|
|64||Juan Manuel Perez||PokerStars player||10,255|
|67||Mike Watson||PokerStars player||10,255|
|68||Ilan Suloman||Live Satellite||10,255|
|69||Antonin Duda||PokerStars qualifier||10,255|
|71||Mathew Frankland||PokerStars player||10,255|
|73||Stefan Grunewald||PokerStars qualifier||9,080|
|74||Conor Shelly||PokerStars qualifier||9,080|
|75||Kenny Hallaert||PokerStars qualifier||9,080|
|76||Steven Silverman||PokerStars qualifier||9,080|
|77||Rasmus Vogt||PokerStars qualifier||9,080|
|79||Henrique Pinho||Team PokerStars Pro||9,080|
|81||Theo Jorgensen||Team PokerStars Pro||9,080|
|82||Dennis Bejedal||PokerStars player||9,080|
|85||Fabian Quoss||PokerStars qualifier||9,080|
|86||Giovani Gouveia||PokerStars player||9,080|
Seat 1: Georgios Karakousis, 63, Livadia, Greece - PokerStars qualifier - 4,390,000
PokerStars qualifier Karakousis has been playing poker for around 30 years but started with the Greek version of poker which uses just 40 cards out of the deck. He first started playing EPTs when the tour visited EPT Loutraki in Season 8 and has competed at about ten events since then. Guaranteed at least £60,640 for making the final, this is actually Karakousis’ first ever EPT Main Event cash but he has had several High Roller scores. These include runner-up in the €10k High Roller at EPT Madrid for €74,100. He won his seat online on PokerStars in a £215 Double Chance qualifier a month ago. Karakousis, who is married with three daughters, and two grand-children, runs his own plastics factory back home in Greece.
Seat 2: Jeffrey Rossiter, 23, Australia - 5,205,000
Rossiter, 23, has had a stonking year already this year and is currently lying third in the 2013 Money List thanks to a runner-up finish in the GuangDong Asia Millions tournament for $3,155,887. The buy in for the GuangDong event was one million Hong Kong dollars, which equates to about US $110,000. After a flurry of re-buys, the prize pool weighed in at more than $15m. Heineker, the German online cash-game wizard, was the only player Rossiter couldn't beat ("I guess Nik's not here?" Rossiter said when told he was the biggest winner at the Grand Connaught Rooms. He originally went to Asia in November 2011 and gradually developed an appetite for the nosebleed action, which kept him coming back.
"Because of visas, you can only be there for two months at a time and then you have to leave for a month so I've been coming and playing EPTs, and it's working pretty well," Rossiter said.
Seat 3: Ludovic Geilich, 25, Glasgow, Scotland - 805,000
Ludovic Geilich hit the limelight when he took down UKIPT Marbella in June for €130,000 after defeating a huge field of 763 players. He's been playing poker for ten years, five years full time. He has a German mother and Scottish father and has lived in Scotland all his life but has a lot of German family. He mainly plays
online MTTs with the occasional dabble into Limit Hold’em cash games. His biggest live result prior to Marbella was for £7,830 in a £300 GUKPT side event in Walsall. Online he’s chopped The Bigger $22 on PokerStars for $14,000. Before turning to poker full time, Geilich was a proficient snooker player, but the
difficulty of the game means that going back after a break is not possible in a serious manner; he now focuses mainly on the virtual felt.
Seat 4: Robin Ylitalo, 27, Gothenberg, Sweden - 2,795,000
Ylitalo, an online regular, comes from a small town in Sweden up in Dalarna but now lives in Gothenburg with his girlfriend. This is his second deep run in an EPT Main Event. He came eighth in EPT8 Campione for €54,000. During this summer's World Series he came sixth in Event #49 ($1,500 NL) for $92,550. He also finished 141st in the Main Event. His live tournaments winnings up until this event now total $364,494.
Seat 5: Kully Sidhu, 31, Birmingham, UK - 560,000
Sidhu is a professional poker player whose best live result to date was beating Chris Brammer heads-up to take down the GUKPT Manchester event in 2010 for £54,850. It was a tough event with 192 runners and a final table that also featured the likes Sam Grafton and Joe Grech. This EPT London final table is Sidhu’s first EPT cash but he has had several cashes at UKIPT events - including winning a €150 NL Turbo Bounty in Galway in August, and ninth in a £150 NL Turbo Deepstack in Edinburgh. Making today’s final means he’s guaranteed £60,640, nearly doubling his total live tournament winnings to date.
Seat 6: Stefan Vagner, 35, Slovakia - 2,525,000
Vagner hails from Slovakia and has been playing poker for five years. He only plays live events and first competed on the European Poker Tour in Prague in Season 6. He cashed in Barcelona last month, his best live result to date. He has also played Italian Poker Tour events and cashed in the IPT Nova Gorica Main Event last year. Whatever happens tomorrow, he is guaranteed £60,640, already more than double his current lifetime tournament winnings.
Seat 7: Jan Sjavik, 49, Oslo, Norway - 870,000
Sjavik has been described as an “old school” Norwegian player whose best result was third at EPT3 London for £ 168,600. His nickname (and online name) is Balrog. Sjavik is considered one of the mainstays of Norwegian poker, the old guard that opened the doors for the younglings to come through. After EPT London, Sjavik finished third in Amsterdam at the Master Classics, and had a ‘close-to-the-business-end’ finish in Copenhagen a few weeks later. Total live tournament winnings to date: $1,910,364. In a bio on the Hendon Mob, they wrote “Known as 'The Satellite King' after his record breaking 10 supersatellite wins in the 2002 WSOP”
Seat 8: Leo “mcclean147” McClean, 24, Rushden, Northamptonshire, UK - PokerStars qualifier - 980,000
McClean is a project manager in the retail industry who has now just made the final table of the biggest live event he’s ever competed in. He won his seat to EPT London for a total investment of just £93 and, when it comes to live events, normally competes in £500 buy-in tourneys in places like Luton and Dusk till Dawn in Nottingham. He played an £11 satellite on PokerStars, didn't get anywhere in that so then he played a £82 satellite which got him into the £530 qualifier where he won one of three packages.
No matter what happens at tomorrow’s final, he has already achieved by far his biggest ever live cash, massively dwarfing his previous best - a third place finish in a tournament in Luton for £1,900 earlier this year.
McClean has another reason to be happy, he was one of many players to enter the Skrill Last Longer competition and with the exit of Ryan Yu earlier today, McClean won his £5,250 buyin back to go on top of his winnings.
|7||Luca Pagano||PokerStars Team Pro||60,930|
|13||Ville Wahlbeck||PokerStars Team Pro||26,155|
|18||David "Bakes" Baker||19,385|
|20||Vicky Coren||PokerStars Team Pro||19,385|
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