On Sunday, the final table of PokerStars UK and Ireland Poker Tour concluded. After several hours of play, Sergio Aido, who started the final table sixth in chips, had all the chips and was crowned the UKIPT London champion. Aido, from Spain, overcame a field of 1,099 players entereing the tournament for £700 each (prize pool £746,221).
It was the largest number of players ever for a poker event in London. Now you might think that weren't any big names taking part in the tournament, but the truth is that many of the world's best were competing together with the "poker amateurs": David Vamplew, Michael Tureniec, Liv Boeree, Jake Cody, Zimnan Ziyard, Ludovic Lacay, Mickey Petersen, Martin Finger, Roberto Romanello, Kent Lundmark, Toby Lewis, Kevin MacPhee, Anton Wigg (just to mention a few).
Many of the pros mentioned above are/were in town for European Poker Tour London. The Main Event of EPT London kicked off yesterday and the second starting day is being played at the moment. Check back tomorrow for a Day 1A and Day 1B recap.
1st. Sergio Aido, Spain, £144,555*
2nd. Thomas Ward, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £116,845*
3rd. Patrick Simcoe, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, £63,560
4th. Philippe Souki, United Kingdom, £44,870
5th. Wim Neys, Belgium, PokerStars Qualifier, £33,680
6th. Guy Goossens, Belgium, £22,490
7th. Cesar Garcia, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier, £15,050
8th. Chris Dowling, Ireland, PokerStars Player, £12,691
* denotes a deal was done