Michael Martin wins EPT London, Duplicate Poker closes and more
Michael Martin wins the EPT London Main Event
We can all once again site the old poker adage of 'all you need is a chip and a chair' as a monumental comeback was mounted by Michael Martin at the Pokerstars.net EPT London Final Table. Martin navigated his way from under 95,000 chips (less than two big blinds) all the way to the chip lead going into the lengthy heads up match. He eliminated most of the players at the table including bracelet winner Alan Smurfit and online pro Eric Liu along the way.
His 90 minute heads up match with Michael Tureniec would have seemed lengthy, were it not for the record breaking match that John Juanda had won a few days earlier at the WSOPE. But it was to be the biggest first place prize so far in London this year, with a cool million pounds going to Martin when he turned a set of fours against the king high of Tureniec, who took home £525,314 for his troubles.
Martin commented after the win "It has been surreal. I had less than two big blinds and then, just three hands later, I was on 1.4 million. But I just knew I was going to do something here and having my family watching made me even more determined." Michael's mother Nancy and girlfriend Jen had flown in overnight from the States to rail him at the final table.
1st - Michael Martin, USA - £1,000,000
2nd - Michael Tureniec, Sweden - £525,314
3rd - Marcin Horecki - £303,439
4th - Eric Liu, USA - £234,920
5th - Philippe D'Auteuil, Canada - £195,766
6th - Alan Smurfit, Ireland - £153,351
7th - Johannes Strassmann, Germany - £120,723
8th - Antony Lellouche, France - £81,569
9th - Erik Sjodin, Sweden, £50,574
The High Rollers event concludes today with David Benyamine running hot right now, with John Juanda, Andrew Feldman and Dennis Phillips all still in the final 14. £516,000 will go to the winner and all at the final table will get paid.
David Benyamine - 295,900
Alexander Roumeliotis - 229,400
Jason Mercier - 161,200
Scotty Nguyen - 159,100
Masaaki Kagawa - 159,000
John Juanda - 138,900
Michael Watson - 118,000
Peter Jetten - 105,100
Isabelle Mercier - 99,200
Isaac Haxton - 83,200
Dennis Phillips - 73,200
Ghassan Bitar - 58,700
Andrew Feldman - 33,000
Jani Sointula - 6,500
Neil Blatchly wins the APAT Pro-Am
There is running hot and then there is running hot, and Neil Blatchly is running very hot right now. The Leicester based player has just won the fiercely competitive APAT Pro-Am event in Luton, which invited amateur and professional players alike to compete in the trademark APAT championship structured event.
Blatchly has already won the GCBPT Bristol main event as well as a DTD Festival event in the last 6 months, and last night he took the coveted Gold APAT Medal. Blatchly won over £6,200 as well as a juicy $8000 GUKPT Grand Final package. The next event on the APAT calendar is the European Tag team event in Brighton in November.
Duplicate Poker closes down
Novelty poker room Duplicate Poker is the latest poker room to be hit by the fiercely competitive poker industry as well as the global credit crunch, as they have been forced to shut down. Duplicate poker offered a unique poker experience, in that every table in an MTT was dealt the exact same hands so that the most skilled competitor would emerge victorious.
In a closing email to their customers, Duplicate Poker said:
Duplicate is sadly bidding farewell to its players. Caught in the middle of the global financial situation the company is not able to continue to provide service. We are a small victim of the global financial crisis.
Regretfully as of the today, October 5th, 2008 we are closing our service. We thank our players for being with us. Hopefully at later time and in a better economic climate Duplicate Poker will re-appear.
The Duplicate Poker Team
Daniel Ward wins the DTD Monthly 3-2-1 Main Event
We have more tournament results than you can shake a stick at today, quite why or how you would do that we don't know, but here are more anyway. The monthly 3-2-1 main event at Dusk Till Dawn, which is now a ranking European event, was took down last night another Leicester player, Daniel Ward. Ward won £12,390 when he hit an ace with his ace-queen against the pocket kings of Mark Roberts.