A stunned Andrew Chen is tonight £394,200 better off after winning the EPT London High Roller title. He went from the shortest stack with three players left to High Roller champion in the space of 20 minutes.
But let’s rewind for a moment.
When we checked in on the High Roller last night there was a stacked field of 25 players remaining, 23 of whom would make the money. First, Pablo Fernandez became the unfortunate bubble boy when his nines ran into not one but two pairs of pocket kings.
In all 14 players took a trip to the cashier’s cage before Day 2 action was done: Sam Trickett (20th), Ole Schemion (19th), Marvin Rettenmaier (15th) and Victoria Coren Mitchell (11th) all crashed out before play resumed today at noon with 10 players left.
That left Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden to be the unfortunate first out today. His departure in tenth left this elite nine:
Front row (l-r): Leonid Markin, Martin Quack and Andrew Chen.
Farrell fell first, which allowed him to grab a beer and head over to the Main Event to watch his friend Jake Cody.
With a stack of around 2,500,000, of the 8,650,000 in play, Leonid Markin led the way when they went down to eight. He soon had a challenger when Craig McCorkell took a huge pot from Van Hoof, and Markin then doubled up Behbehani with A♥K♠ against pocket aces.
But the Russian soon took control again when he eliminated Van Hoof in an absolute cooler. The chips went in on a 4♥7♣3♦ board with Van Hoof holding pocket sevens for top set and Markin 6♣5♣ for the flopped straight. Neither the turn or river paired the board and the November Nine chip leader had to be content with eighth place.
Philippe D’Auteuil fell in seventh soon after, but six handed play would continue for more than 90 minutes before Martin Quack was eliminated by Fady Kamer. Although the Lebanese player also took care of Salman Behbehani in fifth, it was still Markin who had the chip lead, while Andre Chen was the shortest stack with around 20 big blinds.
It was during four-handed play where Markin lost first his grip on the tournament and then his place in it. He doubled up Kamar twice, Chen once and then McCorkell finished him off. In a little more than two hours, he had gone from first to worst.
Both McCorkell and Kamar took turns at trading the chip lead before Chen’s miracle 20 minutes. First Chen jammed his 12.5 big blind stack in with A♣9♠ and held against McCorkell’s Q♦J♦. This left McCorkell with only 20 big blinds and a short time later they went it when he found K♠Q♠, Chen snapped him off with pocket eights to take us to heads-up play.
There wasn’t a lot to choose between the two in terms of chips and three hands into heads-up play came the pivotal moment of the tournament. The majority of the chips went in on the turn of a Q♦8♠2♥7♣ board with Kamar holding 8♦7♦ and Chen Q♣8♥ for a better two-pair. The river blanked and one hand later it was all over.
“I’m in disbelief,” Chen said after the win. “I thought I would be out of the tournament at this point in third place, but I somehow won instead, this is completely unexpected.”
Congratulations to Andrew Chen, who after having finished second, third and fifth in EPT Main Events has finally bagged a major EPT title — and has put his hands on a luxury SLYDE watch to boot. He spoke to Laura Cornelius shortly after his victory, we think a trophy taking you over your flight baggage limit might be the best first world problem we’ve ever heard!
EPT11 London, £10,000 NL Hold’em High Roller
Places paid: 23
Prize pool: £1,244,600
1. Andrew Chen (Canada) £394,200
2. Fady Kamar (Lebanon), £267,000
3. Craig McCorkell (Great Britain), £178,000
4. Leonid Markin (Russia), £145,800
5. Salman Behbehani, (Kuwait), £117,000
6. Martin Quack, (Germany), £90,700
7. Philippe D’Auteuil (Canada) £67,200
8. Jorryt van Hoof (Netherlands), £49,400
Hrmm so this is what it feels like to have a tournament go perfectly #EPTLondonHR
— Andrew Chen (@achen88) October 18, 2014