The Asian Poker Tour (APT) held its first-ever European Main Event this weekend, a £545 buy-in tournament held at the Fox Poker Club in London. After two days of intense and high quality poker, the 125 entrants had been reduced to just a single man, 25-year old William Dorey who became the APT London Champion, netting himself £17,130.
Amongst the 125 entrants were some of the best poker players on the British live scene including Steve Watts, Romano Pizzo, Priyan de Mel, Chuck Clark, Surinder Sunar and the Genting-sponsored pro Barny Boatman.
Of the 125 starters only 37 of them made it through to the second day of play and these were further whittled down to just the final table of nine. The nine final table members were seated as follows:
|5||Alex Van de Weyer||85,500|
One by one the dreams the final nine players had of becoming the first European APT Main Event winner were dashed and at around 0300 Steve Watts, who recently made the final table of WPT Ireland, was sent to the rail in third place leaving Dorey and Mark Karoullas heads-up for the title.
After locking horns for close to 20-minutes the duo decided that the £10,000 pay jump between second and first place was too much and they made a deal that altered the payouts to a slightly more level £17,130 and £13,500. Shortly afterwards it was all over, Dorey set his opponent in for his last 700,000 with and was looked up by the . The board ran out and with that Karoullas was sent to the rail and Dorey had become the APT London Champion!
Dorey, a professional poker player by trade, has some impressive results on the live circuit though this was the biggest score of his career so far, narrowly topping the £16,470 he picked up for his fifth place finish in December's DTD Monte Carlo.
APT London Final Table Payouts
|9||Alex Van de Weyer||£1,150|