Day 5 Completed
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Day 5 Completed
It has been a long week of poker here in London and this lengthy final has been a fitting end to the biggest poker tournament ever held in the UK, as Britain can now claim the triple crown for this epic poker month in the capital.
23 year old David Vamplew, a recent maths graduate from Fife, has outlasted an extraordinary field of 848 including a final table where he was by far the least experienced live player at these high stakes. He knocked out Tom Marchese early in the day, and never shied away from locking horns with John Juanda either. Although Vamplew did get a little lucky when the two of them got to the heads up - remember that rivered flush when Vamplew was all in on the turn against Juanda's Broadway straight - he never looked like he felt in any way cowed by the big name pro, and played with admirable aggression and cool throughout.
Vamplew would actually have shot straight to the number one spot in the Scottish all-time money list even if he'd taken second place, but in taking first place instead he's just made the record a little harder to beat. Vamplew turned pro immediately after graduating, and before this big win his only live result was a small cash in the WSOP $2,500 NLH event this summer. Some of Vamplew's friends have had good results recently - his buddies Nick Risk and Max Silver won the UKIPT Main Events in Edinburgh and Dublin respectively - but Vamplew can now boast a bigger win than any of them. There is going to be some serious partying at the Edinburgh University Poker Club tonight.
After several long weeks in London, it's time for players and organisers alike to head home and catch up on some much-needed sleep. We'll be back on the EPT circuit in just a few weeks' time at the inaugural EPT Vienna, but until then, from all of us at PokerNews, PokerStars and the Hilton Metropole, it's over and out.
The last hand of the level saw John Juanda move all-in for about 3.4 million chips. David Vamplew checked his cards, took a deep breath and made the most important call of his life.
The board came . Vamplew had been all-in twice, both times with the worst hand and he managed two lucky double-ups to escape. This last level saw a complete turn around in the heads-up battle. Whatever Vamplew did or decided to do at the last break clearly managed to work as this level was mainly as one-sided as it was for Juanda earlier.
John Juanda with his four bracelets previously has had a lot of great results here in London, this is another, but the money won't be much comfort to the man who only wished to take home the title. Still, £545,000 will soften the blow a little
David Vamplew raised the button (the minimum 600,000 again, obviously) and John Juanda called to see a the flop. He checked it and Vamplew bet 775,000, but Juanda now check-raised to 1.8 million, around a third of his remaining stack.
Vamplew thought about it for only a few seconds before announcing all in.
Juanda looked briefly perplexed, but his face quickly melted into amusement as he folded.
Juanda's down to just 3.4 million now.
John Juanda min-raised the button - at this stage we could probably just say "Juanda had the button" and you could take it as read that he min-raised - and David Vamplew called. Here comes the flop.
Vamplew checked, and then called Juanda's 800,000 bet.
Vamplew checked again and this time Juanda checked behind.
Vamplew now bet out more than 2 million, and Juanda swiftly tossed his hand back to the dealer.
It's Vamplew with the convincing lead now - 18.125 million to Juanda's 7.035 million.
David Vamplew raised to 600,000 and John Juanda put in the obligatory call. THe flop came and Juanda checked, Vamplew bet 725,000 and that was enough to win another pot for the Scot. He's really turned the momentum round this level.
John Juanda min-raised from the button for perhaps the millionth time (it's easy to lose track, here in the press room) - but this time David Vamplew just shoved for around 15 million!
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Juanda folded.
David Vamplew opened to 600,000 and John Juanda made it 1,800,000 from the big blind. Vamplew thought for about a minute and then pushed all-in, Juanda instantly folded.
The next hand Juanda opened to 600,000 and Vamplew made it 1,800,000 from the big blind for a rare 3-bet. Juanda folded again.
Another min-raise from the button - John Juanda's button this time - and another call from David Vamplew in the big blind.
Both checked the flop and Juanda called when Vamplew bet out 775,000 on the turn. Vamplew bet out again on the river, this time to the tune of 1.95 million. Juanda tanked for a while and in fact counted out the call, fingering the stack of chips most salaciously - but eventually he folded, and the stacks are virtually even once again.