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Law Student Rehman Kassam Wins PokerStars Festival London
Twenty-three year old law student Rehman Kassam is £89,320 richer after taking down the inaugural PokerStars Festival London Main over the weekend.
Kassam outlasted a massive 944-entry field to take first place in the competition.
Although Kassam finished first, he didn’t walk away with the biggest pay day. That went to Daniel Harwood who netted £95,000 thanks to a three-way deal.
Meanwhile Australia’s Eric Cech took home £70,000 for third.
Guarantee Crushed by £824,112 Prize Pool
PokerStars offered £400,000 guarantee on its first Festival in London and easily surpassed that figure with a prize pool that hit £825,112.
The tournament paid out 183 spots.
Liv Boeree, Jake Cody, Luca Pagano and Felipe Ramos were among the various professional players who came out to play the first-ever PokerStars Festival held in Europe.
As fitting a more casual tournament, Kassam mentioned he had no plans of pursuing a poker career after the win and will go back to studying law.
Kassam won his way into the £990 buy-in Main Event by winning a live satellite for £120.
The next PokerStars Festival will take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov from March 2-13. Satellites are already running on PokerStars.
Here’s a complete look at the final table payouts from the London Main Event (*reflects a three-way deal):
1. Rehman Kassam, United Kingdom - £89,320*
2. Daniel Harwood, United Kingdom - £95,000*
3. Eric Cech, Australia - £70,000*
4. Yuriy Boyko, Ireland - £43,370
5. Clement Tripoldi, France - £31,510
6. Ludovic Geilich, United Kingdom - £22,950
7. Alexis Fleur, France - £16,702
8. Lam Van Trinh, United Kingdom - £12,150