Ian Hamilton won the 2022 race European Poker Tour in London Main Event Defeating a field out of a total of 749 entries in a £5,300 No-Limit Hold’em tournament to earn his first Grand Slam title and the grand prize of $744,128 American dollar.
This was, by far, the biggest consequence of the 31-year-old’s career for the UK resident, who wasted the $170,073 he earned as runner-up in a €2,700 mystery bounty event in EPT Prague festival earlier this year. He now has over $1 million in lifetime tournament money to his name.
In addition to the title and money, Hamilton also earned 1824 card player Player of the Year indicates that he is the champion of this event. This was his first title and third final of the year. With a total of 2,918 points to date POY Earnings of $918.441, Hamilton is now the 44th player of 2022 POY Race arrangement sponsored by Global Poker.
Lots of big names made depth to the event, including four-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos (35), two-time bracelet winner and… world poker tour Champion Ole Schemion (No. 33), recent winner of £50,000 of the series Kenrik Hecklen (32), Online Tournament star Conor Beresford (31), 2014 WSOP . World Series of Poker Main event champion and talker UKIP London Main event winner Martin Jacobson (28) twice EPT Main event runner-up Martin Czoczor (16th place), bracelet winner Ben Heath (15th place), nine-time bracelet winner Eric Seidel (12th place), 2017 WSOP . World Series of Poker Third place main event winner Benjamin Pollack (11th place) and bracelet winner Harry Lodge (8th place).
The tournament was held at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London over the course of a week. The final day started with six players remaining and Roman Hrabec at the front. It didn’t take long for the first elimination to arrive. Just minutes after the cards hit the air, German Nils Bodel found himself in everything with aces dominating the AK for 2018 WSOP . World Series of Poker Europe Main event winner Jack Sinclair. The board ran out with four spades, and the ace of spades gave Sinclair an landslide victory to break Poodle’s aces and narrow the field to five contenders. Pudel earned $150,976 American dollar as the sixth place.
Danut Chisu was next to fall. He moved everything from under the gun for about 16 large initial curtains with KJ and found himself in danger against Alexandre Vuilleumier’s pocket queens, who paid a little more than the small curtain. None of the players improved by 10 consecutive points and Chisso lost in fifth place ($196,280) American dollar).
Hrabec, a former ice hockey player from the Czech Republic, came out on top but slipped down the number of chips during a four-way match. He eventually got his last ten or so of his big starter curtains with the A-10 after the AJ of Sinclair. Hrabec failed to equalize outright, but was unable to find any further help at the bend or river and was eliminated in fourth place ($255,136) American dollar). This was the biggest result to date for Hrabec, who now has more than $1 million in permanent tournament earnings to his name.
Hamilton was unlocked from the button in the next major showdown. Alexandre Vuilleumier called an All-in for about 15 big blinds from the big blind with AQ. He controlled QJ from the Hamilton preflop, but Hamilton made the king straight high to win the Vuilleumier series finish in third ($331,688) American dollar).
Hamilton, however, benefited from an advantage in singles play with Sinclair by more than 2:1. Sinclair managed to briefly overtake the lead, but Hamilton closed the gap in a big way when he found a double by a pair of sevens and a flowing equalizer by beating a pair of doubles and hard for Hamilton with all entering Chips on the turn. Hamilton came back to the front soon after when he won a big Trip pot, pushing River to keep Sinclair off the bluff with a botched tie.
On the last hand, Sinclair’s big three bet pays off the big A.s Hamilton contacted A.K. J . board ran out10322 Hamilton’s superior high cards earned him the pot and the title. Sinclair received $464,408 American dollar As the runner-up, the third highest score in his career after winning the WSOPE Main event for nearly $1.3 million and taking 8th place in 2017 WSOP . World Series of Poker Main event with $1.2 million. He now has approximately $5.2 million in life earnings.
Here is a look at the payments and POY Points awarded on the final table:
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