It was quite the show this weekend when Aspers Casino put on the PartyPoker World Poker Tour (WPT) National London Festival, but none had more fun than Lubys Zanas. After outlasting 566 entrants, the Briton went home with the €100,00 accumulator Main Event title.
Zanas had 998,000 in chips by the time day three rolled around – putting him third on the last day of play. When the final table was set, Zanas had dropped to fourth place with 1.275 million chips, trailing Sam Macdonald, Steve O’Keefe, and Edgar Drozdov.
Xuan Nguyen, who eventually placed fourth, got the knockouts started when her K♤, K♢ went head-to-head against Chris Kadji’s 10♧, 10♤. The flop gave the latter trips, but it also made a set for Nguyen and the rest of the board (9♧, K♧, 10♡, 5♡, 8♤) kept Nguyen ahead.
Edgar Drozdov, second in chips when the final table began, was next to go after quickly wasting away his huge stack. Daiva Barauskaite’s set of queens sent Drozdov to the rail.
Sam Macdonald, who also started with an impressive chip stack, couldn’t keep up the momentum and went home in seventh place with €3,570 after getting ousted by Zanas. Zanas (10♤, 6♤) was in the small blind and put Macdonald (K♧, 8♡) all-in preflop. The board (6♧, 2♤, 10♡, 7♤, A♤) gave Zanas two pair and the pot.
Mo Zahour took out Paul Newland soon after. Then five became four with the elimination of Barauskaite; the “Baltic Blond” held a promising A♢, K♧, which had Zanas’ A♡, 8♡ dominated. But the flop brought both an ace and an eight, again giving Zanas two pair and luring Barauskaite to her demise.
Nguyen, the last female player, went home in fourth.
Three-handed play was over not too long after when strong title contender Steve O’Keefe open shoved with a 10♧, 9♡. Zahour called with J♤, 8♤. Both players caught a piece of the flop (6♢, J♡, 9♧) but the turn and river scored quad jacks for Zahour.
It was only a few hands into heads-up play that Zahour’s luck ran out; he pushed all-in with what turned out to be an 8♡, 4♡. Zanas called with 10♡, 4♧ and the board (2♢, 3♡, Q♤, Q♧, 7♤) kept his 10-high ahead.
Final table results:
(Photo credit: Viri G, Creative Commons).
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