Byron Kaverman became the EPT London champion
The EPT London series started in the British capital this week. A series of 49 events will be held from October 18 to 28, and the central tournament will be the main event with a buy-in of 5,300 pounds, which starts on October 22 and ends on the last day of the championship. In addition to the main event, there are many others for players of different levels. Buy-ins start at 330 pounds and end at 50,000. In the first of several one-day high rollers, Byron Kaverman became the EPT London champion.
The £25,000 event collected 30 entries, so the prize pool was 720,300 pounds. It took Kaverman about 13 hours to beat all the rivals in the fight for 273,710 pounds. Kaverman is an American professional poker player with a career income of more than 17.7 million USD. This is the 42nd six-figure prize money for the bracelet owner from Ohio.
- Byron Kaverman — 273,710 pounds
- Orpen Kisacikoglu — 176,470 pounds
- Steve O’Dwyer — 117,050 pounds
- Espen Jorstad — 84,640 pounds
- Ben Heath — 68,430 pounds
In addition to the title and money, Kaverman received rating points. He received 336 POY points and is now in the top 200 of the CardPlayer rating with a yearly income of $1,250,931. It was his 6th final table in 2022 and his first title.
Orpen Kisacikoglu and Byron Kaverman played in the heads-up
Only the top five players received the money. The owner of the bracelet, Sam Greenwood, became a bubble boy when his Q-J lost to K-9 of Steve O’Dwyer, who collected a flush. The remaining five guaranteed themselves at least 68,430 pounds. This amount eventually went to the WSOP champion from England, Ben Heath. He had only 8 BB, so he had to go all-in with K-4 and face Kaverman’s J-3. A jack appeared on the board, and Heath was eliminated.
The current winner of the WSOP main event, Espen Jorstad, was eliminated next. He went all-in with Q-J, and Orpen Kisacikoglu with K-8 answered with a call. None of the players improved, and Jorstad took 4th place. After that, Kisacikoglu scored another knockout, having dealt with O’Dwyer. O’Dwyer had only 11 BB when he went with K-4, and Kisacikoglu had 10-9. Kisacikoglu got another nine on the flop, enough to win the hand. It was the 9th final table for the champion of the main event EPT Grand Final 2013. In the CardPlayer rating, O’Dwyer ranks 17th.
Orpen Kisacikoglu and Byron Kaverman played in the heads-up. The Turkish player had the advantage at the beginning of the game, who had twice as many chips, but then Kaverman not only caught up with the opponent, but was also able to get ahead. By the time of the decisive hand, the stack ratio was 3 to 1 in favor of Kaverman.
In the last hand of the tournament, Kaverman placed a bet with J-9, and Kisacikoglu answered with a call with A-6 of the same suit. On the K-9-2 flop, Kaverman collected a pair, and Kisacikoglu had a flush draw. Neither on the turn nor on the river did any of the players improve, and Kaverman became the champion. Kisacikoglu, having earned 176,470 pounds, increased his career earnings to 9 million.