A big congratulations to Robin Ylitalo, the winner of the 2013 PokerStars European Poker Tour London Main Event! The 27-year-old Swede (one of few Swedes who has final tabled EPT, WPT and WSOP) arrived at the final table third in chips, and after several hours of play he was playing heads-up against factory owner Georgios Karakousis from Greece.
Ylitalo had a 3-1 chip lead when the battle started and it didn't take long for him to seal the deal. This is how the final hand was played out:
Ylitalo opened up for 240k with AK on the button. Karakousis three-bet 620k with A6. Ylitalo thought for a few moments and then raised to 1.45 million and then snap-called when Karakousis went all in with his final 6.2 million.
The flop came down 255 and Karakousis needed a 6, a runner-runner straight or a 2 to have the chance of a split pot. Ylitalo's friends were cheering from the rail when the 8 landed on the turn and brought him one step closer to the title. The dealer burned the final card of the tournament before turning over the J on the river which gave Robin Ylitalo the title and a whopping £560,980!
1) Robin Ylitalo, £560 980
2) Georgios Karakousis, £349 200
3) Leo McClean, £249 850
4) Ludovic Geilich, £193 340
5) Jeff Rossiter, £152 320
6) Stefan Vagner, £119 225
7) Jan Olav Sjavik, £88 175
8) Kully Sidhu, £60 640