WPT London High Roller 2010 Won By Justin “BoostedJ” SmithSeptember 8, 2010 6:16 am
Justin “BoostedJ” Smith has won the 2010 WPT London Poker Classic High Roller, after defeating a field of 19 players over 2 days to take down the title and the £141,000 first place prize.
Despite attracting a small field, the £15,000 buy-in event naturally ensured a high quality turn-out, which included such pros as Jeffrey Lisandro, Luke “Full Flush” Schwartz, Bruno Fitoussi, Frank Kassela, Huck Seed and Tony “G”.
By the end of the Day 1 the field had been whittled down to the eight players needed to complete the final table. Philip Gruissem lay out in front as the chip leader with Fitoussi and Tony “G” close behind. Emeline Boich, Jason Lester, Jason Grey, Freddy Deeb, and Smith completed the line-up.
With just three places getting payed, the players proceeded cautiously and it was over eight hours before the table lost its first player. However, following Jason Lester’s exit, the flood gates opened and Boich, Gray, and Gruissem were eliminated soon after in quick succession.
There has to be a bubble boy and in this instance that title fell to Fitoussi, who had his tournament hopes dashed after his pocket Q’s fell to Tony “G” holding K-9.
An hour later Tony G eliminated Deeb in an exciting hand in which he held pocket 4’s to Deebs A-10. Despite hitting an A on the turn, a 4 on the river sealed Deeb’s fate and he was eliminated in 3rd for a £56,400.
Smith then took a 3 to 1 chip advantage over his opponent into the heads-up phase and the duo battled away for an hour, before the deciding hand was played.
Smith had been dealt Q-9 to Tony G’s 5-3, but with the flop falling Q-4-2, Tony decided to stake his tournament life on a draw and push all-in. Smith made the call and his hand held up , thus eliminating Tony G from the competition, who had to be content with a £84,600 runner-up prize.
Smith, on the other hand, collected £141,000 for his first place victor, as well as a prestigious WPT title. Commenting on his impressive win, Smith said:
“It is brilliant to finally get a first place on the WPT after my near misses at the Bellagio. This was quite some battle – the line-up was so tough. I am satisfied but completely exhausted!”