EPT London: Final table player profiles

October 07, 2009


The final table of EPT London has been decided. The following eight will play down to a winner today, taking £850,000 for first place.

The full details of prizewinners so far can be found on the prizewinners page and results will be updated there throughout the day.

The chip counts page will have the latest updated chip counts.

The final eight are as follows:

Seat 1: Martin Gudvangen, 21, Bergen, Norway – PokerStars qualifier – 3,510,000

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In only his second EPT event, following Barcelona this season, Michael Gudvangen has already secured the biggest cash of his career. The 21-year-old from Bergen, Norway, has been playing poker for three years, the last as a professional, with his best result being his victory in a $100 re-buy on PokerStars for $70,000. A regular on PokerStars, Gudvangen plays $5-$10 cash games as well as tournaments. “This is just a dream for me,” he said, adding that from the first day things had gone his way. “Today I ran very good and got paid off every hand.”

Seat 2: Nikolai Senninger, 19, Lindau (Lake Constance) Germany – 2,165,000

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Nikolai Senninger started playing poker last year at the age of 18 and, in the same year, qualified for the first event on the Latin America Poker Tour in Rio, where he finished third for more than $86,000. He said: “After this success I thought I’m the best and I threw away a lot of money online in the following month.” He managed to fight back and last month took down the Bodensee Poker Championship in Bregenz for more than €40,000. The Austrian player Ivo Donev told him that he was on a run and advised him to play the London EPT. He took the chip lead on day 1b and since then has never looked back. Senninger’s mother Sabine and his brother Sascha have made a surprise visit to London to support him for the past two days.

Seat 3: Karim “kbs28” Bennani, 43, French/Moroccan, Casablanca, Morocco – 845,000

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Bennani started playing five card draw as a 12-year-old in home games with friends. It wasn’t until he went to San Diego to study Business Administration that he discovered Texas hold ’em. But his interest in poker had to take a back seat when he returned to Casablanca while he focused on building up his two manufacturing businesses. Now working as a real estate developer, Bennani has had some decent live and online results. His best result so far – aside from making the EPT London final table – was winning a $600 freezeout in Marrakech for $25,000. Bennani is being cheered on by his wife Omarine but the couple’s four children are back home in Casablanca. Bennani has played four EPTs but this is his first cash. Only three Moroccans have ever cashed at an EPT before – the biggest was Mehdi Ouakhir who took $346,289 in Warsaw in season four.

Seat 4: Raymond “booshiet” Wu, 24, Taipei, PokerStars Team Asia – 1,535,000

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Raymond Wu was born in Taipei but studied psychology at the University of California, Irvine. He started playing poker with friends and during his time in college starting playing online for side income, grinding the micro stakes. In less than three years, he had built his bankroll sufficiently up to play at $25-$50 limits on PokerStars. He is a Supernova and hopes to buy a Porsche using his Frequent Player Points. Wu came third in the $50,000 HKD High Roller One-Table Challenge during the 2009 July Macau Poker Cup cashing for $10,256 USD. Wu is being supported in London by his mother, girlfriend, team mates – including Celina Lin – and his manager. He runs a poker school at home and all his students and staff are following his progress on EPTLive. Outside of poker, Ray likes fashion, sports video games and recently took up boxing.

Seat 5: Aaron ‘Aguskb’ Gustavson,23, Las Vegas, USA – PokerStars qualifier – 7,140,000

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Gustavson is an accomplished online player who has had some good results on PokerStars. In July he won a Sunday Warm Up for $135,010 and finished 12th in a WCOOP event this year. Prior to winning big, he claims to have been a student although when asked about his major, he said: “It’s not important, I never went to class.” His best live tournament result to date was a win worth $53,592 at the Borgata in Atlantic City. This will be his best result regardless of where he finishes. As to what he does in his spare time, he said: “basketball, mostly basketball.”

Seat 6: Dominic Cullen, 42, Nottingham, UK – PokerStars player – 2,115,000

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Cullen’s first game of poker was six years ago but he only started playing regularly in 2006. His mainly plays online tournaments but has played live a few times, without major success. EPT London is the first time he has played in an international live event after having qualified online at PokerStars. Even so he is not nervous and feels delighted for making it to the final table on his first major live event. Dominic is married with five children.

Seat 7: Peter Eastgate, 23, Odense, Denmark – Team PokerStars Pro, World Champion – 3,535,000

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Peter Eastgate grew up in Odense but currently lives in London. He made his first impact on the live tournament scene at The Irish Open in 2007 – making the final table for $46,714. Then came two cash finishes on the European Poker Tour. He picked up $16,610 for a 32nd place finish at the Copenhagen event in season four, which was followed later in the season by an 18th place finish at the London leg of the tour – good for another $29,871. By some measure his greatest poker achievement was defeating 6,844 players at the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2008 making him the youngest ever champion at 22. Eastgate is a member of Team PokerStars Pro and is now an EPT regular. He plays on PokerStars as “PeteEastgate”. Outside of poker, Peter is a huge football fan.

Seat 8: Rui Milhomens, 21, Ovar, near Oporto, Portugal – 1,095,000

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Milhomens started playing poker two years ago while studying psychology at college. He quit university in November 2008 to concentrate on playing poker full-time. His preferred games are online no limit hold ’em cash games and he has already won a tournament at the Solverde Poker Season in Portugal – a monthly poker tournament sponsored by PokerStars. He also came 13th at a tournament in Budapest in March for €7,560. Before taking up poker, Milhomens was one of the top five players in the world at the video game Age of Empires 3. He is good friends with Portugal’s top poker player João Barbosa.

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