Ruben Visser Wins EPT London
Former PokerStars Team Pro, Ruben Visser, returned to the London Poker Festival to show them why it was a mistake to drop him from their roster, when he picked up the London European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event and £455,000 in prize money.
647-players descended upon The Vic all desperate to become an EPT Champion, and the Dutchman, Ruben Visser, joined the fray on the very first day after winning a seat for just £320 in a Deep Hyper-Turbo satellite competition.
As we encroached the serious end of the business, there were some amazing players, and wonderful stories, remaining in the competition.
Nicolas Chouity was on course to become the first person to win two EPT titles. The man from Lebanon won one of the biggest prizes in EPT history when he took home €1.7m in the 2010 Grand Final in Monte Carlo, for one of the biggest scores in EPT history.
Unfortunately, Chouity had to do with 11th place. Other players with a close story included two more former EPT champions in Mike McDonald (20th) & Jason Mercier (25th) and former WSOPE Main Event champion Annette Obrestad (23rd).
When the final table was set, it was a beauty, featuring the former World Series of Poker champion, Theo Jorgensen, online master Chris Moorman and last years WPT London runner-up, Steve O’Dwyer.
Everyone at the table would have been delighted to see Moorman head for the earliest of exits. He started the day as one of the shortest stacks and got it in with pocket sevens versus the ace-king of Jorgensen. The flip went the way of the Dane and Moorman was out.
O’Dwyer started the day with the chip lead and he would have been bitterly disappointed with his fifth place finish.
The American was another Jorgensen victim, before the man who had recently recovered from being shot several times, was eliminated in fourth when Visser’s pocket fours out ran the ace-eight of the Danish player.
A three-way deal was served between Visser, Olof Haglund, and Mantas Visockis, and Visser defeated Visockis in heads up action to take the title back to Holland.
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