The 2017 PokerStars Festival London £2,200 High Roller drew 178 entrants, a massive number which pushed play an extra day. Joe Johnson came out on top on the final day, leading the five remaining players for the duration and scoring a payday of $75,489.
Johnson didn’t pay the steep buy in, winning the latest PokerStars LIVE Tournament at The Hippodrome Casino Loyalty Race to earn a seat in the high-roller event. He played his freeroll well and cut a deal with Enzo Del Piero in heads-up, scoring his large payday and the trophy.
Five players returned on the third and final day to battle it out, and nobody went down easy. It took over two hours for Nichols Beker, who came into the day second in chip count, to fall in fifth place. He three-bet against Johnson and, after his opponent four-bet shoved, Beker snap-called with pocket eights which eventually fell to pocket queens.
Yuriy Boyko, an Irishman, fell in fourth. He held the chip lead in day one but was the shortest stack coming into day three. He eventually hit the rail after calling a shove from Johnson (suited 9-6) with an A-4. Johnson’s managed to flop a flush and Boyko scored over $33K for fourth.
Only the locals were left after the elimination of now-short-stacked Harry Lodge in third. Lodge managed a few double-ups in three-handed play, but miscalculated when he shoved from the small blind while holding a K-3. Del Piero called with Q-10 and secured himself a spot in the top two when he snagged a spade flush on the river.
Johnson started heads-up play with a 2-1 chip lead and Del Piero didn’t stand a chance. Levels were soon shortened to half an hour and the two agreed on a deal that left the trophy and £3,000 (roughly $3,797) to play for. In the last hand, Del Piero (A-9) called Johnson’s shove (A-K). The king kicker played and gave Johnson the win – just his second-ever live cash.
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