At the Hilton Park Lane, another tournament of the PokerStars European Poker Tour London has concluded. Jeremy Routier of France was the only survivor in the £2,200 UKIPT High Roller after eliminating online grinder Roman Hrabec in heads-up play. Routier got the top prize of £249,460 and won his first EPT championship.
The UKIPT High Roller began on Friday, October 21, with two opening flights totaling 701 entrants. These players created a total prize pool of £1,345,920, of which Routier received the majority.
Results of the £2,200 UKIPT High Roller Final Table
|2||Roman Hrabec||Czech Republic||£155,780|
|3||Pedro Gois Neves||Portugal||£111,270|
|5||Martin Hellmuth||United Kingdom||£65,840|
|8||Ian Gascoigne||United Kingdom||£29,980|
Final Day Recap
Day 2 started with 105 players returning to the felt, all of whom had secured the minimum cash prize of £3,190. Multiple participants rushed to the payoff counter in rapid succession towards the beginning of the event.
Among the flurry of blow outs were famous players such as Stefan Schillhabel (103rd, £3,190) and EPT London Single-Day High Roller I champion Byron Kaverman. Champion of the 2022 WSOP Main Event Espen Jorstad (102nd, £3,190) was likewise eliminated in short order.
Two PokerStars representatives also made the money. Alejandro Lococo (28th – £6,400) and Parker Talbot (49th – £4,850) were both Day 2’s chip leaders at one point, but neither player would advance to the final table.
Victoria Livschitz (32nd, £5,570) was the only woman to reach the final day and she outlasted the majority of the competition to win a four-figure reward. British grinders Gary Miller (11th – £18,540), Jamie O’Connor, and Brandon Sheils (74th – £3,670) all saw their investments pay off.
Routier Destroys the Final Table
After the elimination of Day 1b chip leader Laszlo Molnar (10th – £18,540), the final table was reduced to nine players.
Routier began with one of the short stacks and was able to climb the leaderboard when Stefan Ianuszewicz was eliminated in ninth place. The Romanian’s pocket tens could not overcome Pedro Gois Neves’s ace-queen.
Neves subsequently scored his second elimination at the final table, sending Ian Gascoigne to the rail when he jumped over the Englishman’s pocket deuces. Then, Routier increased his chip count and eliminated Mateusz Wozniak. Routier was on the winning side of a preflop cooler, as his pocket kings prevailed over his opponent’s pocket queens.
Sixth-place finisher Hrabec eliminated American Gabriel Roberts before Routier eliminated Martin Hellmuth to bring up four-handed play.
The eventual champion maintained his momentum by eliminating Martin Stausholm for his third elimination at the final table. The favorite was Stausholm’s ace-ten, but once the board ran out, Routier’s king-jack was the lone pair.
Routier entered the last three rounds with the chip advantage and never relinquished it. He swiftly secured the victory, first eliminating Neves to take a commanding lead entering heads-up play. In the penultimate hand of the evening, Hrabec jammed with king-five and was immediately called by Routier’s pocket queens. The duo persevered for the victory, allowing Routier to earn his highest career score.