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    Monday, October 20th, 2008 by t2admin

PokerStars EPT London Awards £1m To USA’s Michael Martin

It was a miraculous victory for American Michael Martin at the PokerStar’s 5th Annual European Poker Tour London Open last weekend. Martin made history last Sunday when, after a series of phenomenal come-back hands, he was awarded the highest 1st place prize in the history of PokerStars’ EPT London; £1,000,000.

Michael was grasping at straw as his chip stack had dwindled to an incredibly low 95,000 at the final table. To the astonishment of all spectators, in under ten minutes, Martin managed to claim several wondrous pots, one after another, that put him over the top.

From there, it was only a matter of time as Martin skillfully ousted American poker pro Eric Liu in 4th, followed by Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki in 3rd. Michael Martin would then go heads-up with Swedish poker player, Mike Tureniec, who earned his seat in the EPT London Open via PokerStars qualifiers.

It was Mike vs. Michael in a battle to the finish. The final hand pitted Martin’s Pocket 4s against Tureniec’s K-9. The Flop was no help to either, but a 4 on the Turn sealed Michael’s fate as the champion of the PokerStars 5th EPT London Open.

At 24 years of age, Michael Martin barely even made it into the event. Martin was 105th on the waiting list and about to hop a flight back home when he was given a seat to play in the sold-out PokerStars EPT event. This year’s triumph follows an impressive cash in the last season at EPT Monte Carlo, where he finished 5th. Martin also took a 2nd place finish in the Amsterdam Poker Classic.

After the big win, Michael Martin said, “It has been surreal. I had less than two big blinds and then, just three hands later, I was on 1.4 million. But I just knew I was going to do something here and having my family watching made me even more determined.”

When Michael made the final table, his Mother Nancy and girlfriend Jen hopped an overnight flight to London to cheer him on from the rails.

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