Martin scoops EPT London thanks to skill, luck

Michael Martin
Michael Martin feels the sweet taste of EPT victory.

Even when you know what you're doing at the poker table, it's better to be lucky than good. Just ask Michael Martin, the EPT's newest champion, who took down EPT London last night thanks to some incredible good fortune.

The 24-year-old American began the day squarely in the middle of the pack with $718,000 in chips, putting him just a double-up away from the chip lead held by his countryman, Eric Liu. Things would eventually turn ugly for Martin before repeatedly swinging back in his favor.

Antony Lellouche was just ahead of Martin in the standing to start the day but trailed him by $240,000 in chips. But Lellouche found himself playing the role of the short stacks' ATM in the early stages of the final table.

The Frenchman doubled up both Canada's Philippe D'Auteuil (whose 4-4 outran A-K) and Germany's Johannes Strassman (whose A-A held up against 7-7) before shoving all-in with A 9; Strassman made the call with K J and sent Lellouche packing in eighth place with £81,569 when a king hit the flop. It was Lellouche's third EPT final table, and surely a disappointing one for him.

More double-ups would ensue, with here.

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