Australian Jeff Rossiter Takes 5th in EPT London

Posted 5 days 13 hours ago by Tim Duckworth

The European Poker Tour would make its way to London and kick off on Sunday with two day one flights that saw 604 players form a £2,929,400 prizepool with 87 players walking away with a piece of it following a few days of play.

Day 1a saw Dhru Patel bag the chip lead but Australian Raj Ramakrishnan and New Zealand’s David Yan would sit second and fifth respectively while other notable locals Jesse McKenzie and Kyle Cheong also survived. Day 2 would be led by Maximilian Senft as Grant Levy, Daniel Laidlaw, Martin Kozlov, Jackie Glazier and Jeff Rossiter all survived for the Aussie’s while Richard Yong and Winfred Yu waved the flag for the Macau regulars.

Day 2 ended a handful of eliminations shy of the money with Tudor Purice leading the remaining 107 players while Yan, Laidlaw, Rossiter, Kozlov and Glazier all made it through before it would be Glazier exiting just a few spots shy of the money on Day 2 when she ran {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} into {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}. Once Steven Lewzey was crowned official bubble boy eliminations flew fast as Rossiter was set to be left short stacked after finding himself in a three-way all in holding {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} against pocket kings and jacks. Fortunately for Rossiter the flop brought an eight and he skied up the leaderboard as did Kozlov when he flopped a set to crack Chris Brammer’s pocket aces. Kozlov would then soar into seven figures before ending the day as chip leader over the remaining 45.

Day 4 would play down to the final 16, and the short day would be highlighted with Yan taking the chip lead as Kozlov sat two spots behind him and Rossiter was sandwiched right in the middle of the pack. On the penultimate day of play Rossiter chipped up early to nearly double his stack while Kozlov took a step back after losing a flip. Yan would relinquish the lead and slowly fall down the leaderboard before eventually falling in 12th place for £32,810 when he shoved with {A-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} but couldn’t spike against his opponent’s {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. For Kozlov – the 2010 ANZPT Melbourne Champion – his run ended in 9th as the final table bubble boy for £47,750 when his {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} ran into {A-Spades}{A-Hearts} to leave fellow Australian Rossiter as the final table chip leader.

EPT London Final Table
EPT London Final Table

EPT London Final Table

Seat Player Country Chips
1 Leo McClean UK 980,000
2 Jeff Rossiter Australia 5,205,000
3 Georgios Karakousis Greece 4,390,000
4 Jan Olav Sjavik Norway 870,000
5 Kully Sidhu UK 560,000
6 Ludovic Geilich Germany 805,000
7 Stefan Vagner Slovakia 2,525,000
8 Robin Ylitalo Sweden 2,795,000

The final table kicked off with Kully Sidhu falling in 8th before Rossiter relinquished the chip lead to Georgios Karakousis and then took it right back before Jan Olav Sjavik exited in 7th. Rossiter and Karakousis would continue their battles as the Greek turned a gutshot against the Australian’s bottom set. Rossiter then slipped again to sit second last in chips before making a small comeback as Stefan Vagner was eliminated in 6th. Unfortunately Australia’s hopes of an EPT Champion would come to an end when Rossiter moved all in from the button with {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and was looked up by his nemesis Karakousis with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}. The board ran out {Q-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{9-Hearts}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds} to end the Australia’s run in 5th place for £152,320 as Sweden’s Robin Ylitalo would go on to capture the EPT London title and £560,980 first prize.

In Rossiter’s short career, he has amassed one of the most impressive poker resumes for not just an Australian, but for any poker player around the world. With 26 registered cashes in predominately three years of play, Rossiter’s winnings exceed $5.35 million to see him sit behind only Joe Hachem in total earnings. With such impressive results, many people forget that he has been a force to reckon with on the high stakes cash game tables often splitting his time with Macau and travelling the world for the best valued tournaments and juiciest cash games. Can you just imagine if Rossiter solely dedicated himself to playing tournaments? Scary thought isn’t it!

Jeff Rossiter’s Major Results

Date Event Place Prize
January, 2011 Aussie Millions $10,000 Main Event 3rd $700,000
November, 2011 JHDSS $500 Main Event 1st $52,000
November, 2011 APPT Macau HK$30,000 Main Event 3rd HK$1,306,000
November, 2012 ACOP HK$23,000 Warm-Up 1st HK$1,777,000
November, 2012 ACOP HK$240,000 High Rollers 2nd HK$2,224,000
March, 2013 UKIPT London £1,000 Win the Button 1st £19,545
April, 2013 EPT Berlin €2,000 Six-Handed 1st €59,700
June, 2013 GuangDong Asia Millions HK$1,000,000 Main Event 2nd HK$24,500,000
October, 2013 EPT London £5,250 Main Event 5th £152,320

PokerNetwork would like to congratulate Jeff Rossiter, Martin Kozlov and David Yan on their great runs at EPT London!

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