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Pauli Holds Off MacPhee for EPT London Main Event Title, £499,700
He led after Day 4. He led after Day 5. And, despite two former EPT Champions at the final table with him, Sebastian Pauli finished things off right in the EPT London Main Event.
Enduring a hard-fought and entertaining final table with both Jake Cody and Kevin MacPhee right at his heels, the young German student never wavered before finishing MacPhee off heads-up to claim his first major title.
Declining an ICM deal as well Pauli takes home the full £499,700 offered for the winner along with the prestigious EPT London title.
MacPhee earned £308,500 for his runner-up finish -- his biggest score since claiming the EPT Berlin title in 2010 for €1m.
Gordillo Out First, Cody in Fifth
Two players started the final table with hopes of a second EPT title but for PokerStars pro Jake Cody the dream ended quicker than hoped.
Coming in about 2.5x under the stack of Pauli he couldn't make up any ground before finally bowing out in fifth in a series of hands against MacPhee.
Spain's Pablo Gordillo, meanwhile, who blew a few minds earlier this month with three online tourney wins in one day, couldn't summon up the same magic and went out first in eighth.
No one ever really threatened Pauli all the way in, although MacPhee did just about square things up. Still, the unflappable Pauli stayed true to his game and collected the whole prize.
The full final eight and payouts:
- 1 Sebastian Pauli Germany £499,700
- 2 Kevin MacPhee USA £308,500
- 3 Kevin Killeen Ireland £220,500
- 4 Artur Koren Germany £168,900
- 5 Jake Cody UK £133,800
- 6 Jakub Mroczek Poland £104,200
- 7 Jonathan Bensadoun France £75,900
- 8 Pablo Gordillo Spain £51,900
For a full recap of the final-table action, check the PokerStars blog. Canadian Andrew Chen claimed the £10k High Roller event for £394,200.