The past couple of days was a weekend for Canadians to prove their talent in high-roller tournaments.
Shortly after Mike Leah won his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet and $600,000 AUD in the $25,000 WSOP Asia-Pacific High Roller event, fellow Ontarian Andrew Chen won the £10,300 High Roller event at European Poker Tour (EPT) London.
For his win, the globe-trotting poker pro earned £394,200 — the second-largest cash of his career, topped only by his runner-up finish in the EPT Berlin Main Event back in 2012. Now, with over $4 million in live tournament earnings, Chen jumps into 11th place on the all-time Canadian money list.
Chen's win came after a very quick heads-up match against Fady Kamar that began with Kamar holding a slim chip lead. But, when both players quickly got all the chips in on the turn with the board reading and both of them holding two pairs, Chen crippled his opponent with his to the of Kamar. All the chips went in on the next hand with Kamar having only two big blinds left. Chen's held against the of Kamar, giving Chen the 2014 EPT London High Roller title.
Final Table Payouts
|8||Jorryt van Hoof||£49,400|
In addition to Leah's and Chen's big victories, Sorel Mizzi also found a first-place finish in the £5,200 six-max turbo event at EPT/UKIPT London for a prize of £61,000, proving to the world that Canadians are at the top of this game.