Martin Martin outlasted 595 other entrants to take down the 5200 pound EPT London Main Event on Sunday. Martin turned in a gutsy performance, staving off elimination as a short stack at the final table to turn things around and take down the entire event. Michael Martin collected 1 million pounds for finishing in first place, while runner-up Michael Tureniec took down 525k pounds for second place.
The final hand of the tournament came when Martin moved in from the small blind and Tureniec called. Tureniec got about the best situation that he could hope for, as Martin turned over pocket fours while Tureniec showed K-9 offsuit. The flop came 6-3-2, giving Martin more outs to win the hand. The turn was the four of diamonds, moving Martin even further ahead in the hand. Now Tureniec could only hope to chop the pot with a five on the river. No such luck as the two of spades came, giving Martin the full house and the victory.
Eric Liu, a "red" Full Tilt Pro and member of "Team Cardrunners", finished in fourth place for 234k pounds.
The 2008 London EPT Main Event had a very large turnout. Last year, 392 players participated, generating a total prize pool of $2.038 million dollars. This year, 596 players participated, generating a total prize pool of 3.349 million pounds. The EPT continues to grow in size with each passing year.
On Sunday we also had Day 1 of the 20k pound "High Roller" event. 20k pounds works out to about $35,144 USD, so this was certainly a "High Roller" event. 85 players took part, creating a total prize pool of 1.7 million pounds. The first place finisher will receive 516k pounds, while second place will receive 327k pounds.
There are currently 14 players still alive after Day One of the event, with David Benyamine currently holding onto the chip lead. There are a number of well-known names still alive in the tournament, including Scotty Nguyen, John Juanda and Isaac Haxton. As you could imagine, a number of the top poker players in the world took part in this tournament, including the likes of Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan and Daniel Negreanu.
John Juanda will be looking to take down his second major victory in just a couple of days, while David Benyamine will be looking to build on an already incredible year in tournament play.
The final day of the "High Roller" event will get underway on Monday afternoon local time.
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