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888Live London Festival Main Event

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 150,000 / 300,000
Ante 2,000

Players Info

Prize Pool £427,730
888Live London Festival Main Event
Day 3 Completed

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

Yardley • Level 31: 150,000-300,000, 2,000 ante
Tom Hall -  888Live Main Event WInner
Tom Hall - 888Live Main Event WInner

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, Ning 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.

Here is what he had to say after his victory:

Tags: 888LiveDaniel StanwayKara ScottPaul ScipioniTiffany MichelleTom Hall

Ning Lu Eliminated in 2nd Place

Yardley • Level 31: 150,000-300,000, 2,000 ante

The chips eventually had to go in the middle to determine a winner.

Ning Lu: {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Tom Hall: {a-Clubs}{5-Hearts}

The board ran out {3-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{4-Spades}.

Hall had done it but Lu was a gracious loser as a tired rail clapped their support and the two weary poker players shook hands.

Tom Hall GB 12,810,000 5,610,000
Ning Lu GB Busted

Tags: Ning Lu

Chop It Up

Yardley • Level 31: 150,000-300,000, 2,000 ante

Tom Hall raised with {a-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and Ning Lu moved all in with {a-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}. Hall gave it a bit of thought and called.

The board ran out {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}.

Hall has nosed into the lead but that one was chopped up.

Tom Hall GB 7,200,000 1,400,000
Ning Lu GB 4,600,000 -2,100,000
Level:
31
Blinds:
150,000/300,000
Ante:
2,000

Hall Fighting Back

Yardley • Level 30: 100,000-200,000, 20,000 ante

Hall has upped the aggression ever so slightly and coupled with Lu missing flops, Hall is creeping back up to even.

Ning Lu GB 6,700,000 -1,900,000
Tom Hall GB 5,800,000 1,600,000

Hall Makes a Hand

Yardley • Level 30: 100,000-200,000, 20,000 ante

On the turn of a board reading {k-Hearts}{6-Spades}{8-Clubs}{3-Hearts}, Tom Hall bet 600,000 with {6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} for two pair and Ning Lu called with {q-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for one pair and a flush draw.

The river was the {10-Clubs} and a pot-sized shove won Hall the hand.

Ning Lu GB 8,600,000 -1,300,000
Tom Hall GB 4,200,000 1,200,000
Level:
30
Blinds:
100,000/200,000
Ante:
20,000