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Mark Lane Takes Home £30,850 After Winning the 2013 GPS Edinburgh Main Event

Mark Lane

Mark Lane is £30,850 richer than he was three days ago thanks to taking down the latest instalment of the ever-popular Genting Poker Series (GPS) in Edinburgh.

The third and final day’s play started on Sunday where the last remaining 14 players sat down at the Genting Club Fountainpark felt knowing they were only 13 eliminations away from becoming a GPS champion.

Play commenced at 1 p.m and within 20 minutes there was an elimination. Robbie Bull, recent winner of the UKIPT London Main Event, turned up late, missed the first couple of hands and then busted on the first hand he played. The action passed to Bull on the button and he open-shoved around 13 big blinds with {5-Spades}{5-Hearts}. Dan Trett called with {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts} in the small blind and then won the coinflip as the board ran out {3-Clubs}{A-Spades}{Q-Spades}{2-Hearts}{8-Spades}.

The nine-handed final table was set shortly after 2:20 p.m when Andrew Teng looked down at {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} and three-bet all-in over the top of an opening raise from Mark Lane. Lane called the extra chips with his {8-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and five community cards later ({3-Spades}{6-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} it was game over for Teng in 10th place.

GPS Edinburgh Final Table Seat Draw

1Thomas Grundy345,000
2David Carson832,000
3Paul Johnson100,000
4Wayne Eustace1,377,000
5Nick Banks700,000
6Mark Lane1,932,000
7Dan Trett2,893,000
8Darren Knaggs262,000
9Martin Gallagher557,000

With blinds at the final table starting at 10,000/20,000/2,000a Paul Johnson needed a quick double up, but that double never arrived. Johnson moved all in with {A-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} and was called by Dan Trett’s pocket eights. As they did when Lane eliminated Teng, the eights held and Johnson was gone.

Trett then took out Nick Banks when the latter committed his 212,000 stack preflop with pocket nines and Trett looked him up with the less than stellar {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. The {A-Hearts} on the flop rewarded Trett’s call and when the remaining community cards were void of a nine, Banks’ day came to an abrupt end.

Fifty-minutes later and Trett was at it again, this time sending Tom Grundy to the rail. Trett opened to 48,000 and then called when Grundy three-bet all in from the small blind. Grundy turned the {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} onto their backs and discovered he was more than a 4-to-1 underdog against the dominating pocket tens of Trett. A ten on the flop locked up the hand for Trett and as Grundy exited in seventh place Trett got busy stacking up more than 4.2 million chips.

Shortly before 5 p.m, Wayne Eustace crashed out in sixth place. Eustace lost a massive pot to Martin Gallagher when his turned top pair ran into a flopped set and he shipped in the rest of his stack with {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} and ran square into the {A-Hearts}{K-Spades} of Lane. Both players paired their king on the {k-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} board, Lane winning the hand by virtue of his ace-kicker.

Almost immediately after Eustace’s exit, David Carson followed him out of the tournament. Lane opened to 50,000 and then called when Carson three-bet all in for 550,000 in total. Carson’s {A-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} was against the pocket sevens of Lane in one of tournament poker’s many coinflips. Lane would win the flip as the board ran out {4-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{8-Spades}, gifting Lane an unlikely and unnecessary straight and resigning Carson to fifth place money.

The eliminations kept coming as Gallagher ran into the run-good of Lane. Gallagher opened, Lane re-raised, Gallagher shoved and Lane snapped him off with pocket tens. Gallagher’s {A-Spades}{K-Spades} flopped top pair, but Lane flopped a set. The {4-Diamonds} changed nothing and all the {A-Hearts} river did was rub salt into Gallagher’s wounds. Game over.

Trett came unstuck at the hands of Darren Knaggs who had come into the final three as the shortest stack. That short stack doubled three times, including when his pocket tens cracked Trett’s queens to leave Trett with 15 big blinds. Those 15 big blinds when into the middle while holding {J-Spades}{9-Clubs} and Lane called with {A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}. Trett flew into the lead on the turn of the {Q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{9-Spades} board and looked set for a timely double. However, the river was the {A-Clubs} to improve Lane to a pair of aces and leave Trett wondering what could have been.

Heads-up was over almost as quickly as it started and was indicative of how Lane ran at the final table. Lane raised and Knaggs called to defend his blind. The duo shared a {Q-Hearts}{2-Spades}{7-Spades} flop, a flop that saw a flurry of action that resulted in Knaggs calling a shove for his tournament life.

Knaggs: {Q-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Lane: {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}

Knaggs had flopped two pair and looked set to crack Lane’s aces. That was until the {A-Hearts} appeared on the turn to leave Knaggs drawing dead. The inconsequential {8-Spades} completed the board, busted Knaggs and left Lane to scoop the £30,850 first place prize.

GPS Edinburgh Final Table Results

1stMark Lane£30,850
2ndDarren Knaggs£24,080
3rdDan Trett£17,460
4thMartin Gallagher£12,110
5thDavid Carson£8,720
6thWayne Eustace£6,900
7thThomas Grundy£5,500
8thNick Banks£4,110
9thPaul Johnson£2,960

The seventh and final leg of the GPS takes place in December at the Genting Club in Sheffield. The £880 buy-in Main Event carries a £200,000 guarantee that we would expect to be smashed to smithereens considering how popular the GPS has been during previous visits to the Steel City.

Lead image courtesy of the Genting Poker Blog.

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