Although the London leg of the European Poker Tour is almost seven months away it is already in the poker headlines thanks to the decision to move the £5,250 Main Event from its traditional home of the Hilton London Metropole Hotel to The Landmark London.
According to an article on the PokerStars Blog, The Landmark London was originally one of the great railway hotels of the late 19th Century and was refurbished into a lavish five-star luxury hotel in the 1990s. Word has it that The Landmark London is the hotel of choice for the Manchester United team when they are playing away from home in the UK capital.
The Landmark London is still within the vicinity of the Grosvenor Victoria Casino, which will host the some of EPT London's side events and all of the cash games but the Main Event will be held within the walls of The Landmark London.
Last year 691 players entered the EPT London Main Event, creating a prize pool of £3,351,350. this huge sum of money was shared out among the top 104 players, with the likes of Rob Angood, Jamie Burland, Keith “The Camel” Hawkins, Toby Lewis, Barny Boatman, Scott Shelley, John Gale, Laurence Houghton, Sam Macdonald and James Micthell all making it to the money places. The highest placed British player was Martins Adeniya who busted out in seventh place for a £86,350 score.
The Main Event was eventually won by German pro Benny Spindler who defeated Steve O'Dwyer heads-up to win the title and the £750,000 in prize money that accompanied such a win.
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