The Toronto native, who achieved considerable fame as shaGuar playing popular videogame Counter-Strike, outlasted a field of 104 players to win the £1,100 No-Limit Hold’em for £29,708.
“It was incredibly special to me to get a live win,” Griffin told PokerListings.
“There's something truly satisfying about winning a tournament, even if it's for less than what you may get in a different tournament for 2nd or 3rd place.
“To do it here in London at the EPT and to get the trophy, the picture and everything – even if it isn't one of my biggest scores – it's a dream come true.”
The tournament was played out in a turbo format so it was somewhat fitting an online grinder like Benger took it down.
Benger actually chopped with fellow Torontonian and friend Sam Greenwood heads-up but picked up an extra £3,000 for winning the tournament outright. Not to mention the trophy.
“We still had £3000 to play for and damn, did I ever want that trophy,” admitted Griffin. “So it was all business once the cards were back in the air and luckily I came out on top.”
Over the last couple years Benger has dominated the online leaderboards but this is his first live victory. It’s not his only live score, however, as he managed deep runs in both the 2013 PCA and 2012 WSOP Main Event.
He also had a piece of Greg Merson who went on to win the 2012 Main Event for $8.5 million.
Jon Eames Wins £2k No-Limit Hold’em Event
Jon Eames courtesy Iain Raydon PokerStars
Griffin Benger wasn’t the only notable pro who won a side event at EPT London yesterday as English pro Jon Eames won the £2,000 No-Limit Hold’em event for £98,430.
The IveyPoker pro outlasted 172 players to take top honors in the event, which offered an overall prizepool of £333,680, and then beat Canadian Mike Watson heads-up to secure victory.
It’s not the first time that Eames has had success on the European Poker Tour. He won an EPT Prague prelim in 2011 and another in EPT Vienna in 2010.
The Southport native now has over $1.5 million in lifetime live tournament winnings.
Team PokerStars Jonathan Duhamel finished 11th in the tournament.