Yucel “Mad Turk” Eminoglu Wins 2015 GPS Mini Luton

Yucel Eminoglu

Yucel Eminoglu, the man affectionately known as “Mad Turk,” has become the first Genting Poker Series (GPS) Main Event double winner after he took down the GPS Mini Luton in the early hours of Monday morning.

Since their launch this season, the GPS Minis have proven popular and attracted large crowds. The Luton leg was no different with 434 entries taken and an £86,800 prize pool created, smashing the £30,000 guarantee.

Of those 434 entries, 95 made it through to Sunday’s Day 2 – the final day’s play. Such luminaries as Sunny Mistri, Willie Tann, Tim Chung, Leo McClean, Renee Xie, Richard Milner, Mark McCluskey, Will Kassouf, Carlo Citrone, and Ellie Biessek among them.

Play resumed at 2:00 p.m and five hours passed before the money bubble burst.

A three-way all-in when two places off the money saw Mark Wates{a-}{6-} go to battle with Phil Whyman’s {k-}{k-} and the aforementioned Mistri’s {a-}{q-}. The board ran out {6-}{8-}{10-}{a-}{q-} to gift Mistri two pair, the pot and the money bubble burst.

It took another seven hours for the final 43 players to be reduced to the final table of nine, with those finalists being led by Eminoglu and by some margin.

2015 Genting Poker Series Mini Luton Final Table

1Peter Brackely710,000
2Bijay Parkash555,000
3Tony Bedford1,150,000
4Gareth Smith875,000
5Yucel Eminoglu3,120,000
6Maz Bako675,000
7Brett Kennedy2,035,000
8Victor Crespin1,125,000
9Adam Phillips620,000

Victor Crespin was the first casualty of the final table when Brett Kennedy opened to 130,000 at the 30,000/60,000/5,000a level, Crespin shoved for 700,000 and Kennedy snap-called. Crespin showed {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts} and was in a whole world of pain versus Kennedy’s {k-}{k-}. There was no drama on the seven-high board and Crespin bust in ninth place.

Eighth place was decided 30-minutes later when Maz Bako pushed all-in for five big blinds from the small blind with {a-Clubs}{8-Spades} and Kennedy looked him up with {q-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. The {3-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{10-Diamonds} flop couldn’t have been much worse for Bako and when the turn and river bricked, his tournament ended.

Play continued for two hours without an elimination and as the clock struck 2:15 a.m on Monday morning the final seven competitors struck a deal that locked up £7,000 for each of them, leaving £15,000 more for the eventual winner.

Almost immediately after, Gareth Smith committed his stack with {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and Bijay Parkash called with {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}. The {10-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{7-Spades} flop left Smith drawing thin, with the {6-Diamonds} turn leaving him drawing dead. The inconsequential {8-Spades} on the river sent Smith to the rail in seventh place.

Kennedy was the next to fall. Parkash made it 250,000 to play, Eminoglu moved all-in, Kennedy shoved and Parkesh folded. Kennedy turned over {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} and was flipping versus Eminoglu’s {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} . The board ran out a cruel {j-Hearts}{2-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, the river improving Eminoglu to a straight to leave only five players in contention for the title.

Next to fall was Adam Phillips who fell victim to the run good of Eminoglu. Again, the chips went into the middle preflop, Phillips holding [Ac4Tc] and Eminoglu {7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}. Eminoglu flopped a set and rivered quads with the board reading {7-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{7-Spades} to send Phillips to the rail.

Then came the exit of Tony Bedford in fourth place. Bedford pushed his stack into the middle while holding {q-Spades}{9-Hearts} and was in terrible shape against Eminoglu’s dominating {k-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}. Both players paired their queen on the {2-Hearts}{8-Spades}{q-Clubs} flop and when the turn and river fell {5-Clubs} and {8-Clubs} Bedofrd bust.

This left Eminoglu holding 5,500,000 chips to Peter Brackley’s 3,500,000 and Parkesh’s 2,000,000. With the time rapidly approaching 4:00 am, Eminoglu suggested his two opponents take £4,500 each and he £6,000 and the trophy, After a little deliberation, Eminoglu’s opponents agreed to the deal, bringing another thrilling GPS Main Event to a conclusion.

2015 Genting Poker Series Mini Luton Final Table Results

1Yucel Eminoglu£13,200**
2Peter Brackley£11,500**
3Bijay Parkash£11,500**
4Tony Bedford£7,000*
5Adam Phillips£7,000*
6Brett Kennedy£7,000*
7Gareth Smith£7,000*
8Maz Bako£2,090
9Victor Crespin£1,560

*reflects a seven-way deal
**reflects a three-way deal

Next for the GPS is a trip to Stoke in early September. Last season’s GPS Stoke Main Event saw Iwan Jones outlast a field of 360 to get his hands on a cool £32,030 and the winner’s trophy. Eminolgu should be in Stoke as he attempts to make it three GPS titles, with him having won the Stoke Main Event back in 2012.

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