The 26-year-old from Antrim claimed his first title of the season and third of his career with a fantastic performance in front of a packed Lotto Arena.

The world number nine started proceedings with a 117 break, following that up with a 102 and a 106 to move 3-0 up in quick time.

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World number one Selby, from Leicester, managed to pull one back but a 53 in frame five saw Allen come out victorious.

"It's been a long time coming because I've been struggling so far this season," said Allen, whose last title was the Haikou World Open ranking event last March.

"I spent some time with my coach Terry Griffiths and he helped me get my mind right. I practised hard leading up to this tournament and I had a good attitude throughout.

“I'm pleased to be playing well again and looking forward to some big tournaments coming up."

Allen's win means the 12 events on the World Snooker Tour so far this season have all been won by different players.

RESULTS

Final:

Mark Selby 1-4 Mark Allen

Semi Finals:

Mark Selby 4-0 Ali Carter

Andrew Pagett 1-4 Mark Allen 

Quarter Finals:

Mark Selby 4-0 Marco Fu

Ali Carter 4-1 Joe Perry

Neil Robertson 3-4 Andrew Pagett

Mark Allen 4-3 Ben Woollaston

Last 16:

Mark Selby 4-3 Paul Davison

Marco Fu 4-1 Michael White

Ali Carter 4-3 John Higgins

Joe Perry 4-3 Jack Lisowski

Alfie Burden 3-4 Neil Robertson

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 2-4 Andrew Pagett

Graeme Dott 2-4 Mark Allen

Ben Woollaston 4-2 Tom Ford

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