Another event at the PokerStars European Poker Tour London at the Hilton Park Lane has reached its conclusion. France’s Jeremy Routier was the last player standing in the £2,200 UKIPT High Roller after despatching online crusher Roman Hrabec in heads-up play. Routier collected the £249,460 up top and bagged himself his first EPT title.
The UKIPT High Roller kicked off on Friday, October 21 and saw 701 entries across the two starting flights. These players generated a prize pool of £1,345,920, of which Routier took home the lion’s share.
£2,200 UKIPT High Roller Final Table Results
|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 began with 105 players returning to the felt, and they’d all locked up the £3,190 min-cash. The early goings were a fast and furious fair with multiple entrants heading to the payout desk in quick succession.
Several notable names were among the flurry of bust outs, such as Stefan Schillhabel (103rd – £3,190) and EPT London Single-Day High Roller I winner Byron Kaverman. 2022 WSOP Main Event Champion Espen Jorstad (102nd – £3,190) was also ousted in quick fashion.
Two PokerStars ambassadors also made it into the money. Alejandro Lococo (28th – £6,400) and Parker Talbot (49th – £4,850) were both Day 2 big stacks at one stage but neither player would make the final table.
Victoria Livschitz (32nd – £5,570) was the only woman to make the final day and outlasted much of the field to collect her four-figure prize. British grinders such as Gary Miller (11th – £18,540), Jamie O’Connor and Brandon Sheils (74th – £3,670) also saw returns on their investments.
Routier Romps Through Final Table
Following the elimination of Day 1b chip leader Laszlo Molnar (10th – £18,540), the nine-handed final table was set.
Routier started off as one of the short stacks and was able to begin his ladder up the leaderboard after Stefan Ianuszewicz departed in ninth-place. The Romanian’s pocket tens couldn’t hold against the ace-queen held by Pedro Gois Neves.
Neves then secured his second final table bust out, sending Ian Gascoigne to the rail after leapfrogged the pocket deuces of the Englishman. Routier then boosted his chip stack and felted Mateusz Wozniak. Routier was on the right side of a preflop cooler, as his pocket kings held out against the pocket queens of his opponent.
The momentum continued for the eventual winner as he eliminated Martin Stausholm for his third final table casualty. Stausholm’s ace-ten was the favourite but after the board ran out, Routier’s king-jack was the only hand to pair up as the board ran out.
Routier began the final three with the chip lead and never looked back. He quickly wrapped up the win, first by despatching Neves to take a commanding lead heading into heads-up play. The final hand of the night saw Hrabec jam with king-five and was snap-called after Routier woke up with pocket queens. The pair held out for the victory and allowed Routier to claim the biggest score of his career.
Calum has been a part of the PokerNews team since September 2021 after working in the UK energy sector. He played his first hand of poker in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the game. Calum’s proudest poker achievement is winning the only tournament he has ever played in Las Vegas, the prestigious $60 Flamingo evening event.