Aaron Gustavson takes the EPT London title

Aaron Gustavson
Aaron Gustavson is the 2009 PokerStars EPT London champion.

American Aaron Gustavson turned an $800 PokerStars satellite win into £850,000 Wednesday, taking down the PokerStars EPT London main event.

"I don't think it's going to hit me for a little bit," the 23-year-old Las Vegas resident said moments after beating reigning WSOP main event champion Peter Eastgate heads-up to take the title.

"I'm overwhelmed right now. The money is obviously amazing and having a title is amazing. It's a dream come true."

The final table started quickly with Moroccan Karim Bennani busting eighth.

PokerStars Team Asia pro Raymond Wu was the next to go, forced to push in with a less than premium hand and failing to get past Gustavson.

Portugal's Rui Milhomen then took sixth losing a race to Eastgate that put the 2008 WSOP Main Event champ in the lead.

The last Brit left, Dominic Cullen was the next to go, busting fifth when he ran ace-ten into Eastgate's eights and failed to improve.

Left short when he doubled up Nikolai Senninger, Martin Gudvangen shoved ace-three into Senninger's ace-queen shortly thereafter to bow out fourth.

Eastgate continued to hold the lead three-handed until Senninger got it in really bad with eights and two over cards on the board against Aaron Gustavson - who happened to have top pair and the will to make the call.

Heads-up started with Gustavson holding a near 2-1 chip lead and it lasted all of seven hands when Eastgate shipped it with ace-nine and was completely dominated by Gustavson's ace-queen.


Peter Eastgate
'I won a half million pounds, so you can't really ask for much more than that.'


A disappointed Eastgate said he was still satisfied with his play throughout.

"I'm happy with the way I played getting to heads-up," he said. "Heads-up was very few hands, but until the last hand, I can't fault myself for anything.

"I won a half million pounds, so you can't really ask for much more than that."

Although Eastgate's presence in the final stole the headlines coming in, Gustavson actually entered the final with a massive chip lead.

But rather than try to bully his way to the win, he stayed patient throughout.

"There were like three or four shorter stacks, so I couldn't open very wide because I knew they'd be shoving light," he said.  "I had to make sure I could call their shoves when I was opening, so I definitely just sat back and waited for hands I could call their shoves with.

"I didn't need to go crazy. If I was in late position I could raise light, but I pretty much just played solid hands."

Primarily an online pro, Gustavson, whose biggest cash to date was a win in the PokerStars Sunday Warm Up for $135,010 this past July, credits the Two Plus Two Poker Forum for helping improve his game dramatically.

"I've been playing poker pretty seriously for two or three years, but when I started studying the forums more and posting on the forums, definitely over the last six to eight months, it took my game to the next level," he said.

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