Law Student Rehman Kassam Wins PokerStars Festival London

Twenty-three year old law student Rehman Kassam is £89,320 richer after taking down the inaugural PokerStars Festival London Main over the weekend.

Kassam outlasted a massive 944-entry field to take first place in the competition.

Although Kassam finished first, he didn’t walk away with the biggest pay day. That went to Daniel Harwood who netted £95,000 thanks to a three-way deal.

Meanwhile Australia’s Eric Cech took home £70,000 for third.

Guarantee Crushed by £824,112 Prize Pool

PokerStars offered £400,000 guarantee on its first Festival in London and easily surpassed that figure with a prize pool that hit £825,112.

Liv Boeree

Liv Boeree

The tournament paid out 183 spots.

Liv Boeree, Jake Cody, Luca Pagano and Felipe Ramos were among the various professional players who came out to play the first-ever PokerStars Festival held in Europe.

As fitting a more casual tournament, Kassam mentioned he had no plans of pursuing a poker career after the win and will go back to studying law.

Kassam won his way into the £990 buy-in Main Event by winning a live satellite for £120.

The next PokerStars Festival will take place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov from March 2-13. Satellites are already running on PokerStars.

Here’s a complete look at the final table payouts from the London Main Event (*reflects a three-way deal):

1. Rehman Kassam, United Kingdom – £89,320*
2. Daniel Harwood, United Kingdom – £95,000*
3. Eric Cech, Australia – £70,000*
4. Yuriy Boyko, Ireland – £43,370
5. Clement Tripoldi, France – £31,510
6. Ludovic Geilich, United Kingdom – £22,950
7. Alexis Fleur, France – £16,702
8. Lam Van Trinh, United Kingdom – £12,150