David Vamplew Wins Uphill Battle Against John Juanda To Win EPT London

October 5th, 2010 – by Glen Farmer

The Final Table of the European Poker Tour London Main Event ended tragically for some, but one lucky player managed to take down the $1,424,997 prize pool and the gratification of beating out 847 other players. David Vamplew, a relatively unknown player from the United Kingdom, has proven successful in his first major cash in a live tournament.

Vamplew was an unlikely winner in this event, as he entered heads up play against a poker professional with no short resume. John Juanda, who has banked over $10 million in live tournament winnings, is no stranger to victory. Despite his major chip advantage going into heads up play against the unknown Vamplew, Juanda’s luck would not hold water.

Vamplew and Juanda first sat head to head with a cheap lead of almost 4-to-1. Juanda had 19.6 million chips to Vamplew’s 5.6 million, and spectators expected a quick end to Vamplew’s run.

Having whittled away at Juanda’s stack, the last hand fell as follows: Juanda had less than 3 million chips; he was forced to shove his stack in the middle. Vamplew exposed Ad-3c, while Juanda showed Kd-2d. The flop fell 3s-Ad-Ts, essentially sealing Juanda’s fate.

Juanda would not recover, and Vamplew went on to win a life changing sum of money.

The next stop of the European Poker Tour, sponsored by PokerStars, is Vienna, Austria.

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