It didn't take long for Joseph Mouawad to make the leap, from 2nd in chips at the start of the final table, to EPT London champion. The PokerStars online qualifier from Lebanon picked up L611,520 in the Main Event of the PokerStars European Poker Tour London yesterday, overcoming a chip deficit at the final table, and strong play from Florian Langmann, to claim his title. When the final table started, Langmann led all remaining players, with chip stacks looking like this -
1. Florian Langmann (Germany) 927000
2. Joseph Mouawad (Lebanon) 780000
3. Marcel Baran (Germany) 583000
4. Josh Egan (New Zealand) 477000
5. Anthony Lellouche (France) 466000
6. Paul Mendes (UK) 282000
7. Ian Cox (UK) 234000
8. Fredrik Haugen (Sweden) 190000
Ian Cox was the first to fall, when he shoved with and found a caller in Langmann with . The on the flop ended Cox's tournament in 8th place for L57,075. Paul Mendes joined him on the rail soon after when he made a stand with , running into the of Anthony Lellouche. Lellouche caught an Ace on the flop and sent Mendes home in 7th place with L77,459.
Lellouche couldn't hang on to Mendes' chips for long, making a steal attempt going over the top of Marcel Baran's raise. Baran's pocket sevens had Lellouche's dominated, and when Baran called, he sent Lellouche to the rail in 6th place (L97,843).
Florian Langmann was well behind Fredrik Haugen's when he shoved all in with , but Langmann picked up trip tens on the board of -4s and busted Haugen in 5th place (L124,342). A few hands later, Josh Egan shoved into Joseph Mouawad's Aces and busted in 4th place for L152,880.
Three-way action didn't last long, as Florian Langmann and Marcel Baran went to war preflop with Baran's and Langmann's . Baran didn't have enough chips to push Langmann off his preflop raise, and all the chips went in. The King in the door made Langmann's hand, and Baran went to the rail in 3rd place for L203,840.
The chip stacks were close when heads-up play began, as the two players had chip stacks that looked like this -
Joseph Moauwad 2,162,000
Florian Langmann 1,880,000
It took less than an hour for Mouawad to claim all the chips on the table, when Mouawad called a preflop raise from Langmann to see a flop of . Mouawad raised Langmann all in on the flop, and after a moment's thought Langmann called with 8-9. Mouawad's had a huge lead and the on the turn effectively ended the tournament, eliminating Langmann in 2nd place for L346,528. Mouawad, the first Lebanese player to win an EPT Main Event, said "I feel very much magnificent" of his victory.
Here are the final table finishes and payouts for the EPT London Main Event -
1 - £611,520 - Joseph Mouawad
2 - £346,528- Florian Langmann
3 - £203,840 - Marcel Baran
4 - £152,880 - Josh Egan
5 - £124,342 - Fredrik Haugen
6 - £97,843 - Anthony Lellouche
7 - £77,459 - Paul Mendes
8 - £57,075 - Ian Cox