David Vamplew Wins EPT Main Event
Despite starting heads-up play with a massive chip disadvantage against professional John Juanda, the 23 year old math student from Scotland was able to calculate his way to victory.
Vamplew won the £900,000 ($1,455,000 CAD) first-place prize while the four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner runnered-up for £545,000 ($880,000 CAD).
“It’s going to take a while to sink in,” Vamplew said. “I had to get lucky to win. I won a few all-ins, but I’m pretty proud of the way I played. I’m pleased with myself for sure.”
Juanda was a huge favourite at the start of the final table along with online poker star Kyle Bowker. When Bowker dropped out third, Juanda entered heads-up with Vamplew holding almost a 5:1 chip lead.
Vamplew turned things around when he rivered a flush after getting it in against Juanda’s Ace high straight to double-up.
Canadian Kayvan Payman from Vancouver managed to finish in a remarkable 5th place to pocket a whopping £190,000 ($307,000 CAD).
A total of 848 players entered the event to create a £4,112,800 ($6,644,000 CAD) prize pool and making EPT London Main Event the largest tournament in UK history.
Here’s how the final eight finished up in the EPT London main event:
1st – David Vamplew, UK £900,000
2nd – John Juanda, USA £545,000
3rd – Kyle Bowker, United States £300,000
4th – Artur Wasek, Poland £240,000
5th – Kayvan Payman, Canada £190,000 ($307,000 CAD)
6th – Fernando Brito, Portugal £145,000
7th – Tom Marchese, USA £100,000
8th – Per Ummer, Cyprus £66,800
EPT London £20K High Roller
With 77 players contributing to a massive £1,524,600 ($2,464,000 CAD) prize pool for the High Roller Event, the winner was Nacho Barbero from Argentina. An impressive two Canadians finished on the final table. Matt Marafioti of Toronto and Will Molson of Montreal finished 6th and 7th respectively.
Here is how the final eight stacked up including the prize money:
1st – Nacho Barbero, Argentina £556,000
2nd – Jani Sointula, Finland £335,000
3rd – Andrew Robl, USA £198,000
4th – Vanessa Selbst, USA £145,000
5th – Fabian Quoss, Germany £107,000
6th – Matt Marifioti, Canada £76,500 ($123,600 CAD)
7th – Will Molson, Canada £61,200 ($99,000 CAD)
8th – Pierre Neuville, Belgium £45,900
(photo credit – European Poker Tour)