London European Poker Tournaments
Season Four – 25 – 29 September 2007
The Grosvenor Victoria Casino is situated in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, London, and is within easy walking distance of both Hyde and Regents Park as well as a whole range of tourist attractions and world renowned shopping destinations. There are several great hotels nearby which suit all pockets from the 5 star Landmark London, to the 4 Star Hilton London Metropole to the 3 star Normandie and Gresham Hotels.
The easiest way to get to the Casino is by London Underground. The nearest tube station is that of Edgware Road which is on the Circle, District and H&C lines.
The Grosvenor Victoria Casino. 150 – 162 Edgware Road in London
Telephone – +44 2072627777
For the structure of EPT London please go to our ‘Structures of the European Poker Tour’ page.
Luck intervened in London on more than one occasion for a Lebanese property developer, Joseph Mouawad. Not only did he claim the illustrious EPT London, but the prize offering was a record breaking £611 500.
The Beirut native qualified online but nearly didn’t make the trip to the English capital as his fan club was unable to support him on his poker adventure.
The forty-seven year old was one of nine online qualifiers who pulled in an unprecedented amount of the cash – over £1 million – of the £2 038 400 prize pool! His victory was not only emphatic, but inspiring as he had to unseat the reigning German Poker Champion, Florian Langman for the title.
He was in good company at the Final Table with three other online qualifiers – Frederik Haugen from Gothenburg, Sweden, Josh Egan from Auckland, New Zealand and Marcel Baran from Aschaffenburg in Germany.
He and the other rookies had a particularly good innings at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino as they had some pretty illustrious competition to contend with including 2003 WSOP winner Chris Moneymaker, Katja ‘Miss Slick’ Thater, Luca Pagano, Hevad Khan and Noah Boeken.
Mouawad is the third player from Lebanon to get ‘in the money’ at an EPT event, and he champing at the bit to get to the Final Table at the EPT Grand Final to be held in Monte Carlo in April 2008.
I didn’t expect to win at all,” said Mouawad. “It was fun, and a big achievement, and I went up against some great players.” He now joins the ranks of some of the most successful players on the circuit. “There are now a lot of successful players from Lebanon including Joe Hachem and Freddie Deeb.”
- Joseph Mouawad (Lebanon) – £611 500
- Florian Langmann (Germany) – £346 528
- Marcel Baran (Germany) – £203 840
- Josh Egan (New Zealand) – £152 880
- Frederik Haugen (Sweden) – £124 342
- Anthony Lellouche (France) – £97 843
- Paul Mendes (UK) – £77 459
- Ian Cox (UK) – £57 075