The Season 10 European Poker Tour London Main Event kicked off on Sunday, but three other big stories overshadowed that tournament as Martin Finger, Vanessa Selbst and Phil Hellmuth all took down titles.
PokerNews has already covered Finger’s £821,000 win in the EPT10 London £50,000 Super High Roller, and you can read about that by clicking here. As far as Selbst was concerned, she topped a field of 176 players in the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) £2,000 High Roller Event to win £67,499 as a part of a heads-up deal with Max Silver, who took £59,906 for his runner-up finish.
Selbst, who finished second at World Poker Tour Borgata three weeks ago for $ 492,569, expressed here excitement after the win: “I feel excellent. The final table was really tough. It doesn’t usually happen in this kind of tournament but when it got down to the last four or five players, they were all really good.”
Got lucky with 66 vs TT for most of it and QQ > A9 for the rest. Gg to all and yay :DFollow @VanessaSelbst
“I’ve been feeling really confident about my game lately,” Selbst continued. “I wasn’t feeling like that in the World Series. I felt that I underperformed there but in the last few months I really feel like I’ve been playing my A game so it feels nice to have results that reflect that.”
UKIPT £2,000 High Roller Final Table Results
|5th||Paul Edward Byrne||UK||£22,970|
Notable Finishes: Daniel Laidlaw (10th - £6,525), Marcin Wydrowski (12th - £5,665), Nacho Barbero (16th - £4,635), Frederik Jensen (18th - £4,120), Jeff Rossiter (23rd - £3,775), Niall Farrell (24th - £3,435), Sam Cohen (27th - £3,435)
Hellmuth Notches First EPT Cash by Winning EPT London Open Face Chinese Event
The sudden appearance of Phil Hellmuth at the EPT London on Sunday came as quite a surprise to the railbirds considering the “Poker Brat” has only played a couple EPT events in the past. Hellmuth seemed to be in a particularly good mood, and it paid off when he entered and ultimately won the EPT London £2,000 Open Face Chinese tournament, which attracted 21 runners and created a prize pool of £42,680.
Joining Hellmuth in the tournament were well-known pros Dan O’Brien, Barry Greenstein, Jason Mercier and Daniel Weinman, just to name a few. The £15,800 first-place prize was pittance to a man that has nearly $18 million in lifetime earnings, but Hellmuth was no doubt pleased to earn his first cash and title at a Europe-based EPT event.
Hopped into EPT poker tourn (2,000 Pound buy in) and won it: Open Face Chinese. 21 players and $23,000 for first so I'm happy!Follow @phil_hellmuth
EPT London £2,000 Open Face Chinese Final Table Results
|3rd||Elior Benjamin Sion||UK||£6,940|
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