Tom Hall Wins Heads-Up Marathon to Clinch 888Live London Main Event

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The 888Live Poker Festival London at Aspers Casino Westfield ended in a grueling heads up battle between Tom Hall and Ning Lu with Hall finally sealing the deal at 4:30 a.m. after a twelve-and-a-half-hour final day and a titanic struggle heads-up.

The Main Event was the last tournament of a 12-day poker Festival at the 888Poker room at Aspers and it was a suitably memorable if stamina sapping end to a hugely successful series of tournaments.

The £1,100 Main Event attracted 427 entries over three starting days which generated a prize pool of £427,730. Seventeen players returned for the final day to battle it out for first place money and the trophy.

It wasn’t long before the final table of nine was set with a live stream featuring the commentary of David Tuchman and guests including Kara Scott, Tiffany Michelle and Parker “Tonkaaaap” Talbot”, who made the final day but busted in 15th.

Final Table

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Pascal Pflock1,020,000
2Pol Canals Hernandez1,799,000
3Paul Scipioni1,769,000
4Ning Lu583,000
5Daniel Stanway894,000
6Charles Akadiri545,000
7Paul Nugent1,071,000
8Shao Zhen1,125,000
9Tom Hall4,060,000

Again it was all action as players were swiftly dispatched to the rail until play was three-handed.

Tom Hall began the day and the final table with the chip lead but ICM considerations and then even stack sizes at three handed play made for tense but at times overly cautious play.

Hall, Lu and Pol Canals Hernandez all had the lead at some point but it was Hernandez who slipped behind and was eliminated when he shoved {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} and busted versus the {q-Spades}{q-Clubs} of Lu.

Heads-up play featured Lu versus Hall and the two players swiftly agreed a deal that seemed to favor the experienced Hall. Lu had a near 2:1 chip lead at that stage but agreed to take £72,142 to the £70,000 of Hall and they would play for the title, trophy and an additional £8,888.

If anyone thought that would lead to a swift conclusion to the tournament they would be sorely disabused of that notion over the next three-plus hours.

No player can outrun the blinds though and the final hand saw Lu all in with {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} called by Hall holding {a-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and a run out of {3-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{4-Spades}, handing Hall first place.

888Live London Results

1Tom Hall£78,888*
2Ning Lu£72,142*
3Pol Canals Hernandez£39,945
4Paul Scipioni£29,590
5Daniel Stanway£22,190
6Charles Akadiri£17,750
7Paul Nugent£14,795
8Shao Zhen£11,835
9Pascal Pflock£8,875

*Reflects heads-up deal

For full details of the final day, be sure to visit the 888Live London Live Reporting page.

  • Tom Hall took down the #888poker Live London Festival Main Event after a grueling heads-up duel with Ning Lu.

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