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David Vamplew Wins PokerStars European Poker Tour London Main Event

Vamplew Defeats John Juanda Heads Up to Win £900,000 and the EPT Title


David Vamplew WinsThe final heads-up match at the 2010 PokerStars European Poker Tour London £5,250 no-limit hold’em main event came down to a battle between a young professional from Scotland and a renowned poker professional who was poised to be crowned as the invading king of London poker. The two had emerged from a record 848 players, the largest field ever in England.

John Juanda had the chip lead when the heads-up final began between him and David Vamplew, but the 23-year-old doubled up to even up the chip counts before Juanda pulled away again before a dinner break.

Vamplew saw his stack shrink to 4,620,000 before he moved all in for a second time after dinner. Another double up gave his stack a fighting chance, and a third double up ensured him the chip lead.

Juanda then took back the lead and stretched it to a 2-1 chip advantage. The final battle really began to run long when, after a number of skirmishes, Vamplew turned the tables and held a 2-1 advantage of his own. When Juanda moved all in he did not find the double up that had been granted Vamplew a few times before. The final hand saw Juanda’s K-2 fall to the A-3 of Vamplew.

“It’s going to take a while to sink in. I had to get lucky to win. I won a few all-ins but I’m pretty proud of the way I played. I’m pleased with myself for sure,” said Vamplew after the victory. He is now £900,000 richer thanks to his first major tournament title and he became the all-time leading money winner from Scotland in the process. Juanda adds £540,000 to his career earnings, which now stand at an impressive $11,097,373.

The EPT London main event final table also had a large effect on the Card Player Player of the Year race. Thomas Marchese won 480 points for finishing in seventh place and it took him to a grand total worth 5,246. There are now just 330 points separating him from POY leader Dwyte Pilgrim for the top spot in the race.

Juanda may have finished as the runner up tonight, but he grabbed 1,600 points and made the largest gains in the POY race at the final table. He now sits in fifth place in the standings with 3,717 points. His previous POY scores in 2010 all came at the World Series of Poker, where he made four final tables and accumulated 2,117 points.

Read on below to see how all of the action at the final table played out.

Final-Table Seating Chart and Chip Counts:

Seat 1: David Vamplew, UK — 3,670,000
Seat 2: Thomas Marchese, USA, PokerStars player — 1,480,000
Seat 3: Fernando Brito, Portugal — 1,100,000
Seat 4: Per Ummer, Cyprus — 1,245,000
Seat 5: Artur Wasek, Poland, PokerStars qualifier — 2,250,000
Seat 6: Kayvan Payman, Canada — 1,295,000
Seat 7: Kyle Bowker, USA — 7,165,000
Seat 8: John Juanda, USA — 7,075,000

Here is a look at the elimination hands from the final table from’s live updates:

Per Ummer Eliminated in Eighth Place (£66,800)

Per Ummer made his move from the small blind with 490,000 and was called by Artur Wasek in the big blind.

Ummer: 5Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit
Wasek: AHeart Suit QSpade Suit

Board: QHeart Suit 7Spade Suit 8Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit

Ummer is the first elimination of the final table. He leaves in eighth place with £66,800.

Tom MarcheseTom Marchese Eliminated in Seventh Place (£100,000)

Tom Marchese is the next casualty of the day. He gets £100,000 for seventh place after going out at the hands of David Vamplew.

Vamplew moved all in from the button and Marchese called from the small blind. Vamplew flipped over 10Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit while Marchese was ahead with ADiamond Suit 8Diamond Suit.

With the Card Player Player of the Year top spot hanging in the balance of where he finishes today, the young pro saw his hopes rip apart as the board fell JHeart Suit 5Club Suit 2Club Suit 4Club Suit 6Diamond Suit and a pair of fives was enough to put Marchese out, and increase the Scot’s stack to 3.8 million.

Fernando Brito Eliminated in Sixth Place (£145,000)

Kyle Bowker bet 220,000 and Fernando Brito shoved his last 380,000 in chips in. Bowker called and flipped over JDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit.

Brito held ADiamond Suit 6Diamond Suit and the board at first went Brito’s way but then Bowker’s – QHeart Suit 6Club Suit 4Heart Suit 10Spade Suit KHeart Suit. Portugal’s Brito leaves in sixth place for £145,000.

Kayvan PaymanKayvan Payman Eliminated in Fifth Place (£190,000)

Short-stacked Kayvan Payman was making some all in movements and not getting any action, but in the end both David Vamplew and Kyle Bowker decided to take a shot at sending him out. When Payman shoved all in for 1,750,000, Bowker made the call, and Vamplew moved all in.

Vamplew had Bowker covered and Bowker decided to fold. However Payman could triple up if he survived the wrath of Vamplew. Payman flipped over AHeart Suit 4Heart Suit and found himself up against the QSpade Suit QClub Suit of Vamplew. The board was dealt 6Heart Suit 4Diamond Suit 3Club Suit 5Club Suit 3Heart Suit and the queens took the pot.

Payman goes out in fifth place for £190,000 leaving us with just four in search of the title and the £900,000 top prize.

Artur Wasek Eliminated in Fourth Place (£240,000)

Juanda bet 330,000 and Artur Wasek moved all in for around 1.3 million. Juanda called, and the two flipped over their card.

Wasek 5Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit
Juanda: ASpade Suit JClub Suit

Board: KDiamond Suit 8Heart Suit 4Heart Suit 3Diamond Suit JSpade Suit.

The river sent Wasek right out of the main event final in fourth place for £240,000. John Juanda takes the reigns right back out of the hands of Vamplew.

Kyle BowkerKyle Bowker Eliminated in Third Place (£300,000)

Kyle Bowker bets 350,000 and John Juanda makes it one million from the small blind. Bowker places a huge tower of chips out in front but before there was time to count them or hear how much it was Juanda said, “All in.” Bowker stands up and then says, “Call.”

Juanda: 10Club Suit 10Heart Suit
Bowker: JSpade Suit JHeart Suit

Board: QClub Suit 5Club Suit 2Club Suit 3Club Suit 8Club Suit

Juanda flushes Bowker right out of the event in third place for £300,000 and we are now heads up.

David Vamplew Wins PokerStars EPT London Champion (£900,000) — John Juanda Eliminated in Second Place (£545,000)

John Juanda moves all in for 3,435,000 and David Vamplew makes the call.

Juanda: KDiamond Suit 2Diamond Suit
Vamplew: AClub Suit 3Heart Suit

Board: ADiamond Suit 3Spade Suit 10Spade Suit 9Spade Suit 6Spade Suit

Vamplew takes the title and £900,000 while Juanda goes home with the second place prize of £545,000.