After a 5 hour heads-up session against the vastly more experienced WSOPE winner (2008) John Juanda, Edinburgh based David Vamplew emerged victorious in the PokerStars EPT London Main Event.
In a final session that swung back and forth for both players, Vamplew can count himself fortunate to have twice been all-in with vastly inferior hands and still remain in the game, but in an astonishing period of play during level 33 he turned a 10 million deficit in chips around – eventually lifting the EPT trophy when his A3 took Juanda´s K2 in what was the final hand. Vamplew collected £900.000 for his victory – instantly becoming the leading Scottish poker player of all time – while Juanda has to console himself with £545.000 as the shell-shocked Indonesian ponders where it all went wrong.
Earlier in the day, the lucky wheels fell off Per Ummer´s (8th) wagon, when he went for an audacious steal holding 53 off-suit and was send packing by PokerStars qualifier Artur Wasek´s AQ. For several hours thereafter, it seemed as if the blinds were just being redistributed as short-stack after short-stack saw their shoves being ignored. Then, in a flurry of action, the final PokerStars pro – Tom Marchese (7th) – Fernando Brito (6th) and Kayvan Payman (5th) were all eliminated in quick succession when arguably holding the top hands in their all-in shoves.
Wasek (4th) stood up shortly after the late afternoon break and an hour later was joined by Kyle Bowker (3rd), who was hot favourite against a Juanda shove with JJ v TT, until the board showed five clubs and Bowker´s red Jacks where beaten by Juanda´s Tc. The elimination of Bowker saw the beginning of a marathon HU session, which saw Juanda lose his 14 million chip advantage to the 23 year old maths graduate from Fife.
In the £20.000 High-Roller Event another flip-flop heads-up session brought victory to Argentinean Jose “Nacho” Barbero. The dual LAPT winner eliminated overnight chip leader and fellow PokerStars pro Vanessa Selbst, and took a commanding advantage into the final session against Finland´s Jani Sointula. Despite quickly losing the lead, Barbero fought back to win the £556.000 first prize and raise his 2010 total winnings to $1.54 million.
In other games, Dutch student Arnoud Van Der Werf beat a field of 646 in the well supported Cancer Research Charity Event which raised over £20.000 for the charity, and ex-tournament dealer Anais Lerouge won a three way battle for the EPT London Ladies Event when she caught a set of Jacks on the flop and disposed of UK poker Player Megan Milburn (KK) and Norway´s Stein Bringsli.
Today (Tuesday 5th) sees the final table of the £2k game, which still has a lot of professional interest for UK Poker Players Liv Boeree and Victoria Coren. It is also the final day of the Omaha Hi/Lo game and there is a £10K High-Roller 6-max tournament this afternoon. It has been a great week for UK-based poker players, with James Bord winning the WSOPE and now David Vamplew taking the EPT title.