After the brouhaha of the past few days following the passing of the controversial online gambling law in the USA, the "Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006", online poker enthusiasts can be excused for forgetting that life goes on in "The Rest of the World".
One player that was not distracted was Graeme Newman, known at the online gaming tables as "Grazza", who has become the LEOCOP II Main Event winner of 2006 and $230,000 richer as a result!
LEOCOP is the mnemonic for the Ladbrokes European Online Championship Of Poker, an annual series of online tournaments culminating in a $750,000 guaranteed prize pool Main Event with a $2,650 entry cost, for which satellite qualifiers from as low as $3 were run to give all Ladbrokes Poker players a sporting chance of landing the Big One.
"Grazza" did just that, seeing off the challenge of in excess of 2,000 players, including several leading European poker professionals such as:
- Paul "Actionjack" Jackson (2nd in 2005 Monte Carlo Millions behind Phil Ivey);
- Roy "The Boy" Brindley (3rd in 2005 William Hill Grand Prix);
- Conor "Sealey" Tate (12th in 2005 WSOP Main Event);
- John Shipley (Winner of 2004 EPT London; 7th in 2002 WSOP Main Event);
- Jani "Hellraiser" Sointula (2nd in 2006 WPT Paris)
- Bengt "Pkrbt" Sonnert (4th in 2005 Monte Carlo Millions; 8th in 2005 WPT Five Diamond Classic).
The Main Event lasted over twelve gruelling hours but, incredibly, Graeme Newman was not amongst the runners until less than one hour before it started. At this late stage, he played a 100 chip $265 "second chance" turbo single table satellite on Labrokes Poker and earned his ticket! Graeme said:
"When I won the "second chance", I was convinced that I'd used up my daily quota of good luck and I'd have none left for when I needed it most - but I'm glad to be proved wrong!"
Graeme Newman, who is 30 years old and recently married, lives in London and runs a specialist insurance broker business, employing five people. With the soaring price of property in England's capital, living in London is an expensive business so this sum will come in very handy as a deposit on the newly-wed couple's first home.
The LEOCOP II festival comprised seven events (one of which was held over until next week). These were:
1. $150 +$15 No Limit Texas Hold'em, $100,000 guaranteed. 70 places paid
2. $200 + $20 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, $20,000 guaranteed. 20 places paid.
3. $200 + $20 Pot Limit Omaha, $50,000 guaranteed. 30 places paid.
4. $300 + $30 Limit Texas Hold'em, $60,000 guaranteed. 30 places paid.
5. $200 + $20 Pot Limit Texas Hold'em, $80,000 guaranteed. 40 places paid.
6. Postponed until Saturday 7th October.
7. $2,500 + $150 No Limit Texas Hold'em Main Event, $750,000 guaranteed. 40 places paid.
If a player entered four or more of these LEOCOP events, he or she will have earned a seat in a special freeroll tournament to be run on Ladbrokes Poker on Sunday, 15th October. The winner of this event will win a massive $30,000 package comprising a Team Ladbrokes triple EPT Main Event entry to the festivals at Copenhagen, Deauville and Monte Carlo. Second prize will be a $15,000 EPT package while third place earns a $7,500 EPT package.
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