Christmas came early for Mark Evans on Sunday when he walked away from the Genting Club Sheffield with the title of 2014 Genting Poker Series (GPS) Grand Final Main Event champion, a title that's also worth £54,060 in prize money.
The final day's play started with 14 players in the hunt for the title, but they were reduced to 13 after the first hand played. Ben Jackson committed his short stack with and ran straight into the dominating of James Conway. The board failed to come to Jackson's rescue and he fell in 14th place.
Reigning champion Richard Milner was next to fall, ending his hopes of winning back-to-back Grand Finals. Milner lost all but a couple of big blinds when his couldn't get there against Charlie Denton's and those chips went into the middle with versus Dom Mahoney's [TxTx[. A ten-friendly board provided no relief for Milner and he was gone in 13th place.
Following Jackson and Milner to the rail were Charlie Denton, Richard Hawes and Bradon Sheils, the latter being the final table bubble boy.
2014 Genting Poker Series Grand Final Main Event Final Table
It took an hour of play for the final table to lose its first player, that player being Guy Taylor. Taylor pushed all-in for 15 big blinds with , Will Kassouf re-shoved and everyone else folded. Kassouf showed , which held and Taylor's tournament was over.
Eighth place went to James Conway who, like Taylor before him, ran a pair into an overpair. The hand started with a raise to 60,000 by Mark Evans, a three-bet all-in from Conway and a call from Evans. Conway revealed and the “snowmen” needed help from the community cards because Evans held . By the river the board read and Conway's tournament came to an abrupt end.
Conway's seat hadn't even had the chance to go call before Dom Mahoney busted in seventh place. Mahoney raised to 60,000 with , Dahe Liu three-bet from the button with , Mahoney shipped in his stack and Dahe called.
The flop gave Liu a gutshot straight draw, but he didn't need it because he paired his ace on the turn. A seven on the river was not what Mahoney needed and the 2,000,000 pot was slid Liu's way.
Yucel Emingolu was the next to bust, losing a coinflip to Tom Langley. Langley raised to 60,000 and Kassouf called. Eminoglu, in the big blind, moved all-in for around 350,000 and only Langley called. Eminoglu showed and Langley the . A final board reading condemned Eminoglu to a sixth place finish.
The 2012 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton champion Jamie O'Connor fell in fifth place after a read went wrong in a hand with Evans. O'Connor three-bet Evans' 80,000 opening raise to 180,000 and Evans called. The flop fell , and Evans check-called a 75,000 bet. The turn was the and Evans jammed all-on for 900,000 in total. O'Connor tanked before calling off his 800,000 chips with onto to be shown for trip aces. A queen on the river completed the hand and sent O'Connor to the sidelines.
Four-handed play lasted almost three hours and ended with Kassouf's demise. Kassouf moved all-in for around seven big blinds from the small blind with the and Langley called with . The flop hit both players, with the turn giving Langley more outs. The river was another six, gifting Langley trip sixes and sending Kassouf home in fourth place.
An incredible couple of weeks for Kassouf who reached the final table of the GUKPT Grand Final a week or so ago.
Dahe Liu then pushed his 450,000 stack into the middle of the felt with and Evans looked him up with . Neither player improved on the board, but Evans didn't need to, so it was game over for Liu.
Evans held a 5,925,000 to 2,025,000 chip lead over Langley, which proved a gap too far to bridge for Langley. The final hand saw all of the chip going flying in on a flop, Langley holding and Evans the . The turn was the which gave Langley outs to a flush, but the on the river was the right colour but the wrong suit, busting Langley and leaving Evans to be crowned the 2014 GPS Grand Final champion.
2014 Genting Poker Series Grand Final Main Event Final Table Results
It's been a great few months for Evans in live tournaments. He finished third in the 2014 GUKPT Leeds Main Event for £13,300 and then came third in a $600 buy-in event at the Wynn Fall Classic in Las Vegas for $25,135 and now he has a career-best score of £54,060 to brag about.
The GPS now goes on a two month hiatus before returning on February 4, 2015 at Star City in Birmingham for the first leg of the 2015 season.
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