Poker player Jason Lavallee has emerged as the winner of the London leg of the European Poker Tour (EPT) 2013 high roller event after beating a large field of 159 high rollers over a period of three days. He has collected £357,700 as well as the championship title as the reward for his poker accomplishment.
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The professional poker player, who hails from Canada, said about his spectacular win: “I picked up a lot of hands in fortunate sports and got lucky.”
The EPT 2013 London high roller tournament, which had a buy-in of £10,300, attracted a number of professional poker players from all over the world. Some of the notable players who not only took part in this event, but also reached its final table were David Ulliott, Sorel Mizzi, and Luca Pagano, a member of Team PokerStars Pro.
Armed with a pair of Kings, Jason Lavallee set about the task of busting Mark Teltscher in the eighth position. Once Teltscher folded and left the table, he used to Jack and Nine to eliminate Luca Pagano, who had a Ten and Eight of Cubs. The flop showed a Jack of Clubs, an Ace of Hearts, and a Nine of Clubs, but Pagano had to fold in the seventh place as he couldn’t improve his hand.
Lavallee then eliminated Carla Sabini in the fourth place and Sorel Mizzi in the third place and began playing a heads-up match against Simon Higgins, who could not make it although Lavallee did not have that big an advantage over him. Ultimately, Higgins went bust and finished as the runner up while Lavallee went on to grab the championship title and the large first-place prize.
Speaking about his experiences, Higgins later said: “I’m delighted. I didn’t really get the premium hands so I did have to wait, but there were lots of stacks playing flips so I thought I’d wait and ladder. The pay jumps were massive as you’d expect in a high roller so I’m delighted to get second considering how short I was three-handed.”
The final table results are as follows. The players who finished third and fourth were Sorel Mizzi and Carla Sabini, who won £161,560 and £132,320, respectively. The players who finished fifth and sixth Tamer Kamel and David Ulliott won £106,170 and £82,315, respectively. And the players who finished seventh and eighth e Luca Pagano and Mark Teltscher won £60,930 and £44,775, respectively.