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John Eames Wins "The Invitational" For £98,430

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Sausage and mash, rhubarb and custard, John Eames and European Poker Tour €2k buy-in side events. Some things are just made for each other.

Eames, an IveyPoker sponsored pro, is a regular on the European circuit and like the majority of his fellow professional poker players he competes in World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour side events when he busts out of the Main. The Southport-born grinder has a superb record in the EPT €2,000 events, so much so that Eames, his friends and the media jokingly call the €2,000 No Limit Hold'em event "The John Eames Invitational."

In October 2010, Eames won the €2k side event at EPT Vienna to bag himself €123,500. He then won the €2k side event at the 2011 EPT Prague, taking home €101,750 after chopping heads-up with fellow Brit, Roberto Romanello. Now Eames has completed a hat-trick of €2k wins by winning a side event at EPT London; this latest score netted Eames £98,430.

John EamesWas so swingy but won! @SirWatts played great and put up with the rail. £98k ftw! Thanks for the support everyone! #teamivey

As you can see from the embedded tweet above, Eames had to defeat Michael "SirWatts" Watson heads-up for the title. Remarkably there was no deal struck between the two, although Watson now wishes that he and Eames had discussed the possibility of striking a deal.

Mike WatsonIn retrospect, probably should have made a deal. Trying to beat @johneamespoker in a 2k EPT side event is impossible

This latest addition to the Bank of Eames takes his lifetime live tournament winnings to around $1,750,000 and with the World Poker Tour National London Main Event kicking off on Friday, we wouldn't bet against Eames being closer to $2,000,000 by the end of next week.

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