After 14 hours of play and a five hour final table it was online qualifier Jan Combes who emerged the victor of the £500 no-limit hold’em EPT London Ladies event. Coombes, from Winchester, England, claimed the £8,700 first prize after a long final at the Grosvenor Victoria casino in London.
The final table of nine sat down just after 11pm but with only seven places paying-out play was cautious. The line-up was as follows:
Seat 1 – Colette Murphy, 74,500
Seat 2 – Yuka Hiramura, 66,400
Seat 3 – Joanna Ray, 53,800
Seat 4 – Josefine Forssberg, 59,900
Seat 5 – Amanda Williams, 11,100
Seat 6 – Anna Grabek, 37,700
Seat 7 – Lynne Beaumont, 17,000
Seat 8 – Cathy Hong, 18,000
Seat 9 – Jan Combes, 75,500
First out was short stack Amanda Williams. After her departure a deal was made amongst the remaining eight and it was Anna May Grabek who benefited from the deal as she collected £700 for eighth spot.
Seventh place, and £1,130, went to Cathy Hong after she was eliminated by Lynne Beaumont. Online qualifier Colette Murphy followed in sixth (£1,350) after being sent to the rail by massive chip leader Josefine Forssberg.
After a couple of levels of minimal action, Josefine Forssberg ended up all-in against Jan Combes with her A-7 against Combes’s A-Q. A flop of 7-K-x-K-A saw Forssberg’s pair of sevens counterfeited with Combes scooping a monster pot. Forssberg collected £1,750 for fifth place.
Joanna Ray finished in fourth place taking £2,500 after shoving with her short stack with K-4 but Lynne Beaumont was holding K-10 which held up.
Yuka Hiramura, from Japan, went out in third for £3,550 after putting in a sterling performance which included eliminating Victoria Coren earlier in the day.
The heads-up between Jan Combes and Lynne Beaumont had many swings but in the end it came down to Beaumont, at a chip disadvantage, pushing with 9d-6d and being called by Combe’s K-9 which held up. Beaumont, who had played a consistent game throughout the day, had to be content with the runners-up prize of £5,500.
EPT London Ladies event winner Jan Combes with son Charlie
An exhausted Coombes said she was “over the moon,” about winning the top prize and planned to put the money towards a new conservatory. She learnt to play poker about three years ago after her son, online pro Charlie Combes, taught her the basics. She is mainly an online player and qualified to this event through a $44 satellite on PokerStars.
Photos courtesy of Mickey May.