Most of the top poker pros such as Ultimate Bet player Phil Hellmuth and Full Tilt Poker pro Phil Ivey are in Las Vegas competing in the WSOP*. But PokerStars is trying to make sure that people have other options for winning big money with their UK and Ireland Poker Tour.
The most recent stop on the UKIPT was at Killarney where 253 players competed in the Main Event poker tournament for thousands of Euros. The most notable players in the tourney included PokerStars online poker pro Julian Thew, UKIPT Nottingham champion Andrew Couldridge, and UKIPT Coventry champ Gilles Augustus.
None of these internet poker pros managed to make the final poker table as mostly amateurs landed made their way deep into the tournament. The final poker hands were played between Aonghus Farrell and Femi Fakinle. Fakinle came into heads-up play with the lead, but Farrell managed to steal the lead at one point. However, the lead was short-lived as Fakinle battled back to take control of the tournament.
The final hand came when Fakinle (Q-J) put all his poker chips in and Farrell (K-6) called. Fakinle hit a two-pair and earned €63,000 for winning the holdem poker event along with a seat in the EPT London Main Event, which starts on September 29th.
After Fakinle turned over his winning poker cards he said, I’m most excited about the fact I’ve won a seat to EPT London……the chance to play against some of the best players in the world is something I’m looking forward to.”
While Fakinle won’t be earning any rakeback like he would in online poker, there is still plenty of reason to get excited about the EPT London tournament. The 2009 Main Event set a casino poker record for a UK poker tourney with 730 players involved, and Aaron Gustavson earned £850,000 for winning.
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