September 7, 2010

London – 7th September 2010 – Online sensation Justin ‘BoostedJ’ Smith won the inaugural £15,000 WPT London Poker Classic High Roller event at the Palm Beach Casino, Mayfair in the very early hours of Monday morning. After over 12 hours of action and eight and a half hours of eight handed play, the 22-year-old from Los Angeles eventually beat Tony G heads-up to win £141,000 and the title.

In one of the longest final tables in WPT history, Smith finally finished top of the pile after finishing second and third in WPT Bellagio Cups in the last two years. “It is brilliant to finally get a first place on the WPT after my near misses at the Bellagio, “ said Smith. “This was quite some battle – the line-up was so tough. I am satisfied but completely exhausted!”

The runner-up was Tony G, who was very disappointed to not take it down. “For me it wasn’t about the money it was about the pride of taking first place but what will be will be,” said Tony. “I needed plenty of heart and commitment to stay at the table that long but luckily my Egyptian friends had a sisha pipe waiting for me around the corner for every break. It’s a shame my chances of winning went up in smoke.”

The final table of the event was a star studded occasion and four handed the players had a total of over $15 million in tournament winnings between them. The unfortunate bubble boy was Bruno Fitoussi, while the recent winner of the WPT High Roller in Paris Freddy Deeb finished third.

Full details on all the action and payouts can be found at: http://www.partypoker.com/blog/featured/wpt-london-high-roller-event.html

22-year-old UK wonderkid Jake Cody won the inaugural WPT London Poker Classic Main Event. Cody, from Rochdale, was mobbed by friends and picked up his first WPT title and a cheque for £273,783. Cody is now two thirds of the way to securing a triple crown after also winning EPT Deauville earlier this year. Cody’s victory also saved tournament sponsors http://www.partypoker.com/ from paying out an extra $1 million bonus on top of the prize money as 21-year-old Swedish online qualifier Kristoffer Thorsson stood to win an extra $500,000 for himself and an extra $500,000 for his fellow online qualifiers if he finished first!


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