EPT Vilamoura 2010 Won By Toby LewisSeptember 3, 2010 7:24 am
UK pro Toby Lewis (20) has just won the PokerStars EPT Vilamoura, after defeating a field of 384 players over six days to take down the tournament and the €467,835 ($671,117) first place prize.
With such a large field from over 40 countries entering the €5,300 EPT Vilamoura Main Even, the €1.8 million prize pool created was the largest ever seen in Portugal.
By the time the two Day 1 flights were over, 221 players remained in the competition, which was further whittled down to 70 players by the end of Day 2. At the finish of Day 3, 24 players were left with the final table of 8 being determined by the end of Day 4.
As the action got underway at the final table, Toby Lewis held the chip lead on 3.32 million chips, followed closely by Sam Trickett on 3.318 million. Also at the table was former UK footballer Teddy Sheringham (1.783 million), Jason Lee (1.167 million), Sergio Coutinho (872k), Martin Jacobson (441k), Frederick Jensen (375k), and a short-stacked Rob Hollink on 259k.
Amazingly, though, it was the home favourite Sergio Coutinho who was eliminated first in 9th place (€37,248) after an hour of play, followed shortly by experienced Dutch pro Rob Hollink in 7th (€55,872).
The original short-stack Jensen then couldn’t hold on any longer and the Dane was eliminated in 6th (€74,496), after pushing with A-J and being called by Jacobson’s pocket 5’s.
Teddy Sheringham’s tournament hopes then came to an end after being dealt a K-Q on a K-10-9-9 board. Sheringham’s turn push all-in was called by Jacobson with Q-J and a flopped straight, and so he collected €93,120 in 5th.
Next, UK’s Sam Trickett all-in move pre-flop with pocket 2’s failed to stand up to Jacobson’s Q-J, and he was out in 4th (€139,680), followed 20 minutes later by US player Jason Lee in 3rd (€186,240).
Heading into the heads-up phase of the competition, Swedish player Martin Jacobson held the chip lead with 7.075 million chips to Lewis’ 4.405 million.
Eventually, dropping to 2.375 million, Lewis pushed with pocket 7’s and managed a much needed double-up against his opponent’s A-8.
The final hand came when Lewis was dealt pocket 5’s to Jacobson’s 9-5. With the board falling A-10-9-5, all the chips went to the centre of the table with Lewis’ set badly beating the Swede’s two pair. A 10 on the river sealed the victory and Martin Jacobson picked up €297,984 for his runner-up finish, while an EPT title and €467,835 in prize-money went to the UK pro.
Toby Lewis has now earned $800,843 from live tournament cashes, to go with the half a million dollars he has collected from tournaments online.