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Tan Le Turns £25 Rake into £50,000 Prize and a Dusk Till Dawn Grand Prix Title

Tan Le seen here with Simon Trumper

Birmingham’s Tan Le can lay claim to having one of the best Return On Investment (ROI) figures in the business after turning a free ticket into a £50,000 cash haul.

Le won a seat to the £50+£10 Grand Prix at Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) or playing on the club’s exclusive online cash games, the same ones that club owner Robert Yong has put his neck on the line for. Le generated 25 DTD points — £25 in rake – and as a reward was gifted a seat to the £250,000 guaranteed Grand Prix.

Late last week the Grand Prix looked to be heading for a £60,000 overlay, but the army of loyal DTD players turned out in force to boost the total attendance to 4,932. This meant DTD added £4,080 to the prize pool for the players.

More than 400 players made it through to the live Day 2 at the Nottingham-based DTD club after 24 starting flights, some of which took place online. Each of the Day 2 players started in the money having won £250 for their efforts, but with £50,000 up top for the champion none of them wanted to be heading to the cashier’s cage to collect that amount.

Six hours after Day 2 commenced, the majority of the 400+ players had lost their stacks and the official eight-handed final table reached. Here’s how they lined up.

1David Milligan11,925,000
2Rahim Walji3,700,000
3Chin Chai Koh11,750,000
4David Nisbet2,000,000
5Kyriacos Dionysiou3,500,000
6Tan Le21,000,000
7Jonathan Kalmar13,200,000
8Shane Cotter7,100,000

*Blinds at the start of the final table were 200,000/400,000/40,000a

David Nisbet was the first player eliminated from the final table when his {4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} could not come from behind to beat the {6-Spades}{6-Hearts} of Chin Chai Koh on a {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} board. Nisbet’s hand was better than the{Q-Spades}{J-Spades} of former World Series of Poker Main Event final tablist Jonathan Kalmar but Koh had him well covered.

Next to head to the rail was Rahim Walji who three-bet shoved over the top of a Le open with what turned out to be {A-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}. Le called with a pair of red fives, which held as the five community card fell {k-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{7-Clubs} to send Walji to the sidelines in seventh place.

Sixth place and £5,000 went to Shane Cotter who chose {A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} to move all in with and was unfortunate to see David Milligan wake up with {9-Spades}{9-Hearts}. Milligan flopped a set on the {9-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop, leaving Cotter drawing dead.

Five handed play ended with the demise of Kalmar at the hands of a seemingly unstoppable Le. A raise from Le was met with a three-bet all in for 7,900,000 and a call from Le. Kalmar revealed the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} and was in big trouble against the dominating {A-Spades}{K-Spades} of his opponent. That trouble grew worse when Le caught a king on the {8-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop and Kalmar’s exit confirmed when the {K-Diamonds} fell on the turn. That hand left Le holding 39 million of the 74 million chips in play.

Four became three with the bust out of Koh, better-known to the poker community as Frankie. Milligan open-shoved from the small blind and Koh called off his stack in the big blind, turning over {A-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} as he did so. Koh’s hand was in front of the {K-Clubs}{10-Spades} of Milligan and stayed hat way right up to the river when the {K-Hearts} made an appearance to stack Koh and eliminate him from the tournament.

After nine hours of play the tournament reached the heads-up stage when Kyriacos “Greek Jack” Dionysiou pushed all in with the lowly {J-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and was snapped off by the {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} of Le. Dionysiou sprung into the lead on the {3-Clubs}{5-Spades}{9-Clubs} flop, but fell behind again on the {K-Spades} turn. The {10-Diamonds} river was one pip away from helping Dionysiou and he exited in third place, a finish worth an impressive £15,000.

Like the UKIPT Series 3 that was taking place a couple of hundred miles south at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square, heads-up in the DTD Grand Prix lasted one hand. After a flurry of betting, Milligan was all in and at risk of elimination, his {A-Hearts}{7-Hearts} needing to improve to beat the {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} of Le. The {2-Spades}{2-Hearts}{6-Hearts} flop gave Milligan a flush draw to go with his overcard, the {6-Diamonds} turn didn’t change anything and the {2-Clubs} river improved Le to an unnecessary full house and busted Milligan in second place.

1stTan Le£50,000
2ndDavid Milligan£25,000
3rdKyriacos Dionysiou£15,000
4thChin Chai Koh£10,000
5thJonathan Kalmar£7,000
6thShane Cotter£5,000
7thRahim Walji£3,500
8thDavid Nisbet£2,250

Data from Blonde Poker was used to create this article. Lead image also courtesy of Blonde Poker.

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