Reece Lewis has won the World Poker Tour National London Main Event for a cool £80,000 after besting an eight-handed final table that played out on Tuesday afternoon.
The £1,650 buy-in tournament attracted 218 players but the focus was on the eight finalists who gathered at the Aspers Casino Westfield yesterday. Each of them had locked up a payout of at least £10,000 but with the eventual champion getting their hands on £80,000 nobody wanted to take home eighth place money.
WPT National London Main Event final table seat draw
First to head for the sidelines was Emma Tolley who raised all-in with a pair of black nines on a board only to run into the of Lewis. No miracle nine appeared on the river and it was game over for the tournament’s last standing female player.
Carlo Citrone then joined Tolley on the sidelines. When play began, Citrone only had 5.5 big blinds in his stack, although he managed to double up twice. His climb up the chip counts was halted, however, when he open-shoved with from the button and Robin Fisher called in the small blind with a pair of fives. The fives held and Citrone exited in seventh place.
The excitement continued to build with a double elimination that saw Wang Weikang and Rasmus Larsen head for the rail with their tails between their legs. Weikang had open-shoved for 297,000 at the 10,000/20,000/3,000a level and Larsen three-bet all-in for 1,363,000. Elior Sion went into the tank for almost two minutes before emerging with a call. He’d called with and his call was rewarded with a board that saw his stack swell and his opponents diminish.
Next to go was the Black Belt Poker pro Kevin Williams. Fisher opened to 70,000 with and then called when Williams three-bet all in for 214,000 with . Williams improved to a pair of tens on a board but that ten on the river also improved Fisher to a straight and Williams busted.
Three became two when Fisher, who was by this stage down to just over 10 big blinds, saw Sion open, Lewis flat-call and decided to squeezed all in for 465,000 with his . His move folded out Sion but Lewis called with and when the board ran out it was game over for Fisher.
Fisher’s exit left Sion and Lewis to lock horns heads up for the title. Sion trailed his opponent by 4,325,000 to 1,085,000 chips and that deficit proved too much to overturn. The final hand of the tournament saw Sion at risk with and Lewis finding pocket aces. When the board ran out Sion was eliminated and Fisher had won the WPT National London Main Event.
WPT National London Main Event final table results