Leicester’s 36-year-old Selby landed a 16th career ranking success in Crawley this sunday.
He took home a £70,000 top prize, the Steve Davis Trophy and a guaranteed invitation to the upcoming Champion of Champions in Coventry.
A close showdown was expected in the final but the world number five Selby was leading 7-1 after the first session against Gilbert, ranked 12th.
The “Jester” finished off with a 101 break to secure his 16th world ranking title.
Gilbert had little to show in response, scoring a respectable 101 break to at least avoid a whitewash.
"It's been a long time since I won my last tournament," said Selby. "I've been second guessing myself wondering if I am doing things right."
💬 "I'm quite emotional"@markjesterselby takes a seat after spending all day on his feet!
— World Snooker Tour (@WeAreWST) October 20, 2019
When it mattered the most, Mark Selby produced a flawless display of snooker, missing only 7 balls on his way to victory, a 97% pot success rate.