Drama as London Poker Season ends
This entry was posted on Saturday, October 10th, 2009
Some of the world’s top poker players ended London’s three week poker fest in dramatic style this week. It was Peter Eastgate and Aaron Gustavson in the London leg of the European Poker League Tour and Daniel Negreanu and Barry Shulman in the final of the World Series of Poker Europe.
Celebrity players were in attendance too with ex-England international , Manchester United and West Ham player Teddy Sherringham coming through both competitions way ahead and smiling. It seems that Teddy has taken to the cards since his professional football days and done rather well, even though he is rumoured to be flirting with playing for non-league Beckenham Town FC in the FA Vase this season.
Other celebrities included the shrewd ex-Ryder Cup golf player and manager Sam Torrance and ex-Everton player and former international Trevor Steven too. There were a fair few players at the tables who had started their poker careers via online poker sites and they didn’t look fazed at all playing in the real world. “Cards are cards, at the end of the day, although watching peoples’ expressions is of course different from the online tables”, one contestant observed.
Back under the spotlights the two finales were dramatic. On Wednesday, American pro, 23 year old Aaron Gustavson won the London leg of the Euopean Poker Tour held at the Hilton Metropole on the Edgeware Road taking down £850,000 in the process. He’d had to battle a long way to the summit, the tournament fielding 730 players, the largest ever.
He beat Peter Eastgate the reigning World Champion in just 20 minutes head to head. But Eastgate’s reign as world champion runs until November 10, when the final nine players of the World Series of Poker Main Event convene in Las Vegas to play down to a new world champion. And with an impressive year of over $10m in winnings he will dust off this defeat and still head to Vegas with every chance.
In the World Series of Poker Europe top money winner Jamie Gold was eclipsed by Daniel Negreanu as he topped his season’s earnings to over $12.5m. But it wasn’t Daniel on top in London, he was cruelly beaten into the runners-up position by eventual winner, magazine publisher Barry Shulman, who got over Negreanu’s All In play on a QJ with J 8 5 in the flop against pocket aces, sweated on another Jack on the turn card then as luck in poker would have it the final river card turned up the ace he so badly needed. That’s poker for you!