David Lloyd secured another live poker title this weekend when he outlasted 388 opponents in the £35,000 guaranteed 2016 Genting Poker Series Luton Mini Main Event, a result that netted him £12,075 after a three-handed deal.
This win is Lloyds fourth-largest live score behind his third place finish in the 2015 Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event (£80,000), his win in the 2008 Caribbean Poker Classic Cruise ($91,200), and his win in the 2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Brighton Main Event (£20,320). Lloyd's lifetime winnings are now more than of $475,000.
2016 GPS Luton Mini Main Event Final Table Results
*reflects a three-way deal
The tournament didn’t end until almost 3:00 am on Monday morning due to 75 players progressing to Sunday’s Day 2. Plenty of familiar names fell before the 39 money places including Katie Swift, Willie Tann, Nick Crisp, and Andrew Probyn. However, it was the exit of Christina Land, whose couldn’t improve to beat the of Ellie Biessek, that was of the most importance because her elimination was in 40th place, leaving everyone else in the money.
Over the next few hours, the likes of Terry Jordon (26th for £515), Lee Taylor (24th for £515), and the aforementioned Biessek (23rd for £515) fell by the wayside, and when Gular Nitoo committed his last 11 big blinds with and failed to get there versus Gary Wilson’s the final table was set.
2016 GPS Luton Mini Main Event Final Table
With blinds at 15,000/30,000/4,000a, Mark McCluskey was in the need of a double. He attempted to secure that by moving all-in with and finding a caller in the shape of the dominated of Ed Overall. The ace-queen only remained second best as far as the flop, and when the turn and river both bricked, McCluskey was gone.
An extremely short stacked Tom Dickerson bust next, jamming 150,000 chips with queens and Sunny Mistri, fresh from his Grand Prix Poker Tour Stamford Bridge win, called with . Mistri was rewarded with two pair on the flop and a full house on the turn, leaving Dickerson to collect eighth place money.
Matas Smilgius crashed out in seventh place at the hands of Overall, with Sami Ozone securing sixth place for £3,100 after the seemingly unstoppable Overall took him out.
Lloyd's lifetime winnings are now more than of $475,000.
The popular UK-based American Kelly Saxby became the fifth place finisher when her last 500,000 chips went into the middle with after Overall had set her all-in with what turned out to be . The flop was not what Saxby wanted to see, with the turn leaving her drawing dead. A deuce on the river confirmed her exit; who said diamonds are a girl’s best friend?
A deal was discussed among the four remaining players, but the talks were fruitless and play resumed. Mistri would play no further part in the tournament after his fell to the of Gary Wilson when the latter flopped trip jacks. No help arrived on the turn or river for Mistri, and he sauntered off into the cold Luton night with £5,020 to show for his effort.
More discussions were had by the remaining three players and, this time, a deal was struck. Lloyd locked up £12,000, Wilson £12,800, and Overall £15,000, leaving £75 and the trophy for the winner.
Wilson’s tournament was over shortly after the deal when he and Overall clashed on an flop. Al of the chip went in, Wilson with and Overall with . No jack appeared on the final two community cards, which meant the tournament was now heads-up.
It took an hour of one-on-one action to determine the winner. Lloyd had Overall on the ropes when he turned a straight flush with to open a 9,000,000 to 900,000 chip advantage, but Overall doubled soon after to give himself a little bit of hope.
The final hand saw the chips go into the middle preflop; Lloyd holding and Overall the . A seven-high flop kept Overall’s king-high in front, although a on the turn flipped the hand on its head and left Overall drawing to the three remaining kings. The river was a nine, busting Overall and leaving Lloyd to find more space on his mantelpiece for yet another live poker tournament trophy.
Fans of the GPS don’t have long to wait until the next main event because the Star City leg commences on February 3. This one is a £400+£40 buy-in £100,000 guaranteed affair, which attracted 404 players in 2015. Its reigning champion is Chris “MAKKAPAKK” Johnson, who collected £37,000 for his victory.