The final table of EPT London is set. Here’s how they will line up at the Grand Connaught Rooms.
Seat 1: Jonathan Bensadoun, 38, France – 2,340,000
Jonathan Bensadoun is a relative newcomer to the EPT circuit, with no recorded cashes in live tournaments prior to 2013. Since then, however, he has finished sixth in a £2,000 six-max side event at last season’s EPT London, and fourth in a €5,000 turbo at last season’s EPT Grand Final. That€17,500 prize is his biggest pay-day, until making the final table this week.
Seat 2: Jake Cody, 26, UK – Team PokerStars Pro – 2,156,000
Jake Cody boasts lifetime live tournament winnings of more than $3m, the biggest chunk of which came when he won €847,000 at EPT Deauville in Season 6, the victory that propelled him into the spotlight. Cody then went on to win WPT London in May the same year and a WSOP bracelet the following summer, in the $25,000 heads-up championship. He became the youngest player ever to secure poker’s triple crown. He has since finished fifth at the EPT9 Grand Final and also has a string of online results including winning the $2,100 NL SCOOP title in 2011 for $234,738.
Seat 3: Kevin MacPhee, 34, USA – PokerStars qualifier – 2,430,000
With almost $3 million in live tournament cashes, and similar results as ImALuckSac online, Kevin MacPhee is one of the best-known contemporary poker pros. He has been a permanent fixture on the EPT circuit since winning the first EPT Berlin in Season 6 for €1 million. His other achievements have included several WSOP final tables, eighth place at EPT8 Sanremo, bubbling the final table at EPT7 Prague and winning the EPT8 Deauville six max high roller event. He won his seat to EPT London in a £320 NLHE Deep Hyper-Turbo qualifier at the end of September.
Seat 4: Artur Koren, 26, Germany – PokerStars qualifier – 2,420,000
A German national currently residing in Vienna, Austria, Artur Koren is a regular on the EPT circuit and has a string of decent results to his name. He earned €38,590 for winning a €2,000 six max tournament at EPT Vienna and won €56,850 for third place in a €1,000 side event at EPT Barcelona, contributing to more than $350,000 in lifetime live tournament cashes. He won his seat to EPT London via a qualifier on PokerStars.fr.
Seat 5: Kevin Killeen, 24, Ireland – 2,470,000
Kevin Killeen was catapulted to European poker fame when he took down UKIPT Dublin earlier this year for €87,700. He had previously mostly played online as a mid to high stakes tournament specialist – among his biggest cashes was $33,000 in the Sunday Second Chance on PokerStars. Killeen is mostly resident in Dublin, although he spent some time in Mexico following his UKIPT win and hopes to return there in the near future.
Seat 6: Pablo Gordillo, 21, Spain – PokerStars player – 975,000
Pablo Gordillo is best known in the live poker environment for his fourth-place finish at EPT Vienna, in what was his first appearance on the European Poker Tour. He won €262,150 for that debut result. More recently, however, he has become a superstar online after one glorious night on PokerStars when gordiju, his online alias, won the Sunday Kick Off, the Sunday Storm and then the Bigger $55 for a combined $101,060.
Seat 7: Sebastian Pauli, 25, Germany – PokerStars player – 6,130,000
Sebastian Pauli, who comes from Dortmund in Germany, won the €1,000 no limit turbo bounty at EPT Barcelona in August for €39,905. Pauli, who also finished fourth in the $2,500 razz event at the World Series last year, has more than $230,000 in lifetime tournament winnings.
Seat 8: Jakub Mroczek, 23, Poland – 1,325,000
Jakub Mroczek is an EPT regular whose best result to date came when he won a €1,000 side event at EPT Barcelona last season. He also won a €200 turbo event at this season’s EPT Sanremo and finished second in a €200 rebuy event at the same festival. Mroczek won his seat to EPT London in a live satellite, and was the chip leader going into Day 4.
Follow our coverage of the EPT London festival via the main EPT London page, where there are hand-by-hand updates and chip counts in the panel at the top and feature pieces below. And, of course, you can follow it all live at EPT Live.