Newport’s David L’Honore is the latest player to win a Genting Poker Series (GPS) Main Event title after he took down the 2015 edition of the GPS Southend Main Event, a result that netter L’Honroe a career-best £21,900.
L’Honore went into the final day armed with 375,000 chips, enough to place him eighth from the 24 returnees. Having finished third in the 2012 GPS Birmingham Main Evemt, L’Honore was eager to reach another GPS finale, something that he achieved and more.
Day 3 kicked off at 2:00pm on Sunday afternoon and it wasn’t until seven hours of play that the nine-handed final table was reached. 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Walsall winner, Ben Winsor, started the final table as the overall chip leader, his 1,441,000 stack putting him narrowly ahead of the start-of-the-day chip leader Marius Lietuvninkas’ 1,401,000 chips.
2015 Genting Poker Series Southend Main Event Final Table
Ninety-minutes into the final table action, Hui Jin opened to 80,000 and Smit Traveda three-bet all-in for 400,000. Ben Winsor then re-shoved and Jin folded a pair of sixed. Travedi showed and was up against the of Winsor so when the board ran it was game over for Travedi.
Next to bust was former GPS Grand Final winner Elliot Panyi who lost all but two big blinds the hand previous. Panyi pushed all-in with from the small blind and Jin called with . Panyi took the lead on the flop, as he had done in the previous hand, only to see a on the turn change that. The river was a and Panyi was gone.
Almost immediately after Panyi’s demise, David Anderson was heading for the cashier’s desk too. Yiannis Liperis made it 80,000 to go with , Geoff Dartford called and Anderson squeezed all-in from the small blind for 290,000 chips with the . Liperis shipped his stack into the middle, Dartford folded and the dealer got busy spreading the community cards. Game over for Anderson.
Anderson’s was the last elimination for the best part of two hours, but as the clock struck 1:30 a.m on Monday morning, Winsor moved all-in for only 170,000 (blinds 30,000/60,000/10,000a) with and Lietuvninkas looked him up with the trusty .
Winsor looked set to double because by the turn the board read , but a on the river sent Winsor into the cold Southend night.
It wasn’t until almost 3:30am that the next player busted, that player being Jin. A now short stacked Lietuvninkas committed his chips with and won a coinflip against the of Jin when the five community cards fell to leave only four tired players in the hunt for the title.
Those four players paused the clock so they could discuss a deal and those discussions proved fruitful as L’Honore, Liperis and Lietuvninkas agreed to take £19,000 with Dartford locking up £22,000. The runner-up would collect an additional £1,000 with the champion scooping the trophy and an extra £2,970.
The deal was good timing for Lietuvninkas who fell in fourth place. Dartford opened to 200,000 with and then called when Lietuvninkas re-raised all-in for 1,800,000 with the dominated . The flop hit both players, but it was Dartford who still had the best hand. The turn gifted Dartford trip aces, and although the river completed Lietuvninkas’ flush, it also improved Dartford to a full house!
Liperis claimed third place when he got his chips in with and L’Honore called with the superior . Neither player improved on the board and heads-up had finally been reached and at the unholy hour of 04:40 am!
Dartford took a substantial 5,700,000 to 2,800,000 chip lead into his heads-up battle with L’Honore but the latter doubled immediately to turn the tables completely.
The final hand happened at 05:15am and saw Dartford open with , L’Honore move all-in with and Dartford – who seemed almost resigned to defeat – call. The flop kept L’Honore’s eights ahead, as did the turn and when the peeled off on the river Dartford busted and L’Honore became the 2015 GPS Southend champion.
2015 Genting Poker Series Southend Main Event Final Table Results
*reflects a four-handed deal
Next up for the GPS is a trip to Newcastle between April 6 and April 14. Last year’s event attracted 297 players who were all outlasted by Tim Chung who walked away with more than £32,000.
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