GBP 20,000 buy-in tournament attracted 85 players

October 7, 2008 — In a star-studded field of international players (who each coughed up £20,000 to participate), EPT San Remo champion Jason Mercier emerged as the big winner after two days in the European Poker Tour London £1 Million Showdown, earlier this week.

The field of poker stars also included Isaac Haxton, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Scotty Nguyen, Masaaki Kagawa, Dennis Phillips, and current WSOPE champ John Juanda. David Benyamine, who looked likely to take the event at the start of day 2 with a healthy chipstack, was also on hand.

The tournament rundown, courtesy of InfoPowa News:

As the tournament got started, Jason’s namesake Isabelle Mercier was the first player to make the cash, busting out at 9th place for a tidy £51,000, and she was followed by Benyamine in the eighth spot on £69,000 — not at the top of the list, but respectable returns on investment nonetheless.

Masaaki Kagawa was taken out by Michael Watson for a seventh-place win of £86,000, with Isaac Haxton out in the number six slot for £103,000 after an unsuccessful tussle with Juanda, who went on to eliminate Scotty Nguyen with a fifth place payment of £137,000.

Peter Jetten was the next to go, sent to the rail by Jason Mercier. Jetten came in fourth place and took home £189,000. Michael Watson’s elimination in third place for £241,000 set the scene for the Juanda vs. Mercier heads up, with Juanda well ahead with a more than 2-to-1 chip lead.

That was adjusted on the first hand of the heads up as Mercier doubled up through his opponent and started to dominate the game. He eventually won, taking the EPT trophy and the main prize of £516,000 — leaving Juanda with a still substantial second placing check for £327,000.

Were any PAP readers involved in this tournament? If so, we’d love to hear first-hand details about the event!