Martin Finger’s already sizable bank balance got a little bigger this weekend.
Finger took out the £50,000 Super High Roller at the EPT London on Sunday night, beating a field of 57 (41 players and 16 re-entries) to win the event. Finger took home a whopping £821,000 (a bit over US $1.3 million) for his stellar play over the three-day competition, his biggest live tournament win to date.
The final day began with eight players remaining, but it did not take long for that number to be cut down to seven after Patrik Antonius settled for eighth place. David Benefield and Timothy Adams followed in seventh and sixth place, respectively.
German Johannes Strassmann exited the tournament in fifth and Bill Perkins finished fourth after an epic double knockout helped assert Finger’s dominance in the event. Strassman moved all-in before the flop with Jack-Nine offsuit, only to be called by the eventual winner, who was waiting in the wings with pocket Queens.
Perkins also went all-in with Ace-Jack and was covered by Finger’s stack. While Perkins hit a pair of Aces on the flop, another Queen also hit the board. This gave Finger a set, allowing him to win the hand and eliminate both Strassmann and Perkins.
Finger then claimed his third successive final table scalp as he sent Christoph Vogelsang to the rail in third place. The short-stacked Vogelsang moved all-in preflop with Queen-Six of hearts and was called by Finger, who was holding Ace-King offsuit. No Queen or Six came on the board and Vogelsang was eliminated from the event in third place.
Vogelsang’s elimination left only Finger and Tobias Reinkemeier remaining, with Finger holding a comfortable lead when heads-up play began. Reinkemeier showed some hope of coming back against Finger, but the eventual winner stood his ground and won the event.
In the final hand of the tournament, Finger four-bet to 1,050,000 preflop, which prompted Reinkemeier to reraise all-in with pocket Eights. Things did not look promising for the German as Finger called and showed pocket Jacks.
The Ten of hearts, Six of spades, and Five of clubs on the flop, followed by the Three of hearts on the turn, kept Finger in the lead. That meant Reinkemeier needed something big to happen on the river if he was to stay in it. It didn’t happen, however, as the Ten of spades was the final card shown, knocking Reinkemeir out of the event in second place while Finger was declared the winner of the EPT London Super High Roller.
The win continues Finger’s great year in poker. The German now has well over $2 million in live tournament winnings in 2013, as well as a WSOP gold bracelet he captured earlier this year.