Yucel Eminoglu, aka “Mad Turk", became the first Genting Poker Series main event double winner after he took down the GPS Luton Mini event from 15-19 July.
A total of 434 entries in Luton produced an £86,800 prize pool to smash the £30,000 guarantee, with 95 making it through to Sunday’s final day, including Willie Tann, Carlo Citrone and Ellie Biessek.
By the time the tournament reached the final table, Eminoglu was a big chip leader on 3,120,000, with Brett Kennedy in second place on 2,035,000 and Tony Bedford third on 1,150,000, closely followed by Victor Crespin with 1,125,000. Peter Brackely, Bijay Parkash, Gareth Smith, Maz Bako and Adam Phillips completed the final-table lineup.
Crespin was the first casualty, followed by Bako and after play continued for two hours without an elimination, the final seven struck a deal that locked up £7,000 for each of them, leaving £15,000 on top.
The exits of Smith, Kennedy, Phillips and Bedford heralded another deal, with chip leader Eminoglu suggesting his two opponents take £4,500 each, leaving the trophy and £6,000 for him. Brackley and Parkash agreed and Eminoglu took the crown to add to his victory in Stoke in 2012.
GPS Luton Mini
1st Yucel Eminoglu £13,200
2nd Peter Brackley £11,500
3rd Bijay Parkash £11,500
4th Tony Bedford £7,000
5th Adam Phillips £7,000
6th Brett Kennedy £7,000
7th Gareth Smith £7,000
8th Maz Bako £2,090
9th Victor Crespin £1,560