EPT London sold out, promises big money

PokerListings.com Invades London for the WSOP-E

Hot on the heels of the World Series of Poker Europe in London, the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour event gets going tomorrow. And that can only mean one thing: serious poker cash up for grabs.

For the first time, PokerStars is anteing up to create a guaranteed £1 million first-place prize. In addition to the mad loot on the line in the Main Event, the London EPT will also include a £1 million high rollers event.

"With the promise of £1,000,000 for first place and a special High Rollers event as well, London EPT is set to be one of the best EPT events of all time," says a PokerStars representative.

Now in its fifth season, the EPT is enjoying high-profile TV coverage across the world and is wisely leveraging not only the success of its own season-opening events, but the attraction of the second-ever WSOPE in London.

The London EPT event is already sold out, with the 500 seats accounted for well before the start of play. More than 130 of the players in the field will have won their seats online, which accounts for a big part of the player base.

Perhaps that means we'll find another young online phenom emerge. Or maybe one of PokerStars' own pro players like Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, Chad Brown, Isabelle Mercier or Vicky Coren will walk off the winner?

With others including Phil Ivey, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Doyle Brunson likely lurking, it'll be intriguing, no doubt.

Last season it was little-known Joseph Mouawad of Lebanon who qualified online and went on to wear down the field and win the £611,520 first-place purse and the coveted London EPT title. It was the first time the real estate developer from Beirut (that can't be an easy gig!) had ever been at a major table.

In the final hand heads-up, German Florian Langmann raised to $100k. Mouawad called and the flop came 6 9 Q. Langmann continued the action by betting $150,000, and Mouawad came over the top all-in.

Holding 8-9 suited, Langman thought about it for a while before calling. Mouawad flipped over top pair - queens - to Langmann's middle pair. With a queen on the turn the German's goose was cooked, and Mouawad was an EPT champion.

In what has to be one of the most classic EPT quotes of all time, Mouawad told reporters afterward, "I feel very much magnificent."

Why wouldn't he?

The final results for the Season 4 London EPT were:

Joseph Mouawad
Florian Langmann
Marcel Baran £203,840
Josh Egan
Fredrik Haugen
6th Antony Lellouche
Paul Mendes £77,459
Ian Cox
Jason Hackett

In addition to bringing together some of the richest poker tournaments held in the world, the EPT also knows how to throw a serious party. And we're not talking cocktail weenies and 7 Up here, people.

The 2008 London EPT will continue the tradition, with PokerStars kicking things off with an open bar at the Cafe de Paris nightclub in the heart of London's West End on September 30.

This is the third of 11 Season 5 EPT events as the players march toward the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

Currently Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Sebastian Ruthenberg sit one-two at the top of the EPT leaderboard.

Anybody can qualify for these huge-money EPT events, and buy-ins start at as little as $2.22 at sites like PokerStars.

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