The Main Event of the London leg of the European Poker Tour (EPT) of 2013, an NL Hold’em tournament, had a field of 604 poker players, who generated a prize pool as large as US$4,675,029 or £2,929,400. The main event began a week earlier at the Grand Connaught Rooms, one of the most beautiful venues in London. The last man standing turned out to be Robin Ylitalo, a professional poker player who hails from Sweden.
Ylitalo won a grand first-place prize of US$895,268 or £560,980 along with 1,680 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) points for his accomplishment. Ylitalo, who is now 27 years old, had finished in the sixth place in a World Series of Poker (WSOP) NL Hold’em Event, which had a buy-in of $1,500. He had won the sixth-place prize of $92,550 along with 360 POY Points for his WSOP accomplishment. These two scores have helped him climb higher up the POY ladder as he now has $987,818 in poker tournament earnings and 2,040 POY points to his credit.
In order to win the EPT 2013 Main Event title, he had to beat Greek poker player Georgios Karakousis in a heads-up match. Karakousis, who owns a factory in Greece, had qualified for the EPT 2013 Main Event by winning an online qualifier satellite held at PokerStars.com for a buy-in of £215. Karakousis won US$557,288 or £152,320 and 1,400 POY Points for finishing as the runner-up of the tournament.
Another notable player at the final table was Jeffrey Rossiter, who was taking part in the EPT Main Event for the fourth time in the course of his career. Rossiter finished fifth and collected a prize of US$243,087. It is worth noting that Rossiter had finished second in the GuangDong Limited Asia Millions HKD1 Million Buy-in Super High Roller Tournament and had collected a prize of over US$3.1 million. As a result of his accomplishments, Rossiter now occupies the 72nd place on the POY ladder.
Here are the EPT 2013 London Main Event final table results, along with the POY Points earned. Leo McClean finished third and won $398,736 and 1120 POY points. Ludovic Geilich finished fourth and won $308,551 and 840 POY points. The poker players who finished sixth, seventh, and eighth were Stefan Vagner, Jan Sjavik, and Kuljinder Sidhu, who won $190,271 and 560 POY Points, $140,718 and 420 POY Points, and $96,775 and 280 POY Points, respectively.