Anais Lerouge has won the EPT London £500 Ladies Event for a first prize of £11,050. Anais, who comes from Cannes, France, bested a 57-strong field that included Team PokerStars Pros Veronica Dabul, Sandra Naujoks and Celina Lin plus Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo, EPT presenter Michelle Orpe, PokerStars-sponsored gamer Charlotte van Brabander, British pro Maria Demetriou and Claire Renaut, who got 91st place in the Main Event. The total prize pool was £27,645. Six places were paid.
Anais was already the massive chip leader when, with three players left, she hit pocket jacks. British player Megan Milburn had K-K, and Stine Marie Bringsli from Norway had A-2. Both went all-in but a Jack on the flop gave Anais the set – and EPT London Ladies Event champion’s title.
Anais, who freelances as a tournament dealer across Europe including European Poker Tour events, has been playing poker for around three and a half years. She is the girlfriend of French pro Antoine Saout, who came third at the 2009 World Series of Poker.