Today was the day that the Irish Poker Open champion was going to be crowned. For three straight days players battled it out on the green felt until the final nine were left standing (or sitting down). They came back today to finish the story and the eyes of many fans were set on the action at the table. However, as nine came back, we had to wait until one was eliminated before the live stream would show the hole cards.
Not wishing bad luck on anyone, those watching the stream were still very impatient for the hole cards to kick in. They did not have to wait for too long, as Antoine Smits, one of two remaining non-Irish players who started the day as the short stack, was eliminated. He got his chips in with pocket Tens, a decent hand when you are riding the short stack, but he was met with an unpleasant surprise when he got called by Clarke holding pocket Queens. The board failed to produce any help and the Dutchman was done for the day, leaving with €13,350.
With his departure, the official final table of eight was formed. And as play began, we can’t lie, we were rooting for the Englishman Jonathan Lundy – PokerTube’s own player (and if you were following our live updates, it was hard to miss). His day was cut short, as he was the first one to leave the final table. He, too, fell at the hands of Patrick Clarke, as his Ace-King was far behind Clarke’s pocket Aces. By the turn, Lundy could only hope for the split pot, but the river bricked and he was sent to the rail with €19,250 for his efforts. Once again, good game Jon, you’ll get them next time.
Following Lundy’s trail was Barry Donovan, who departed in seventh. Although he had the second biggest stack at the table, the cards were dealt in such a way that there was no other way for the hand to play out. Donovan was dealt pocket Kings (with the King of clubs), while Clarke held pocket Tens. The flop came Queen high, with three clubs and a Ten. Clarke had a set, while Donovan had an overpair and the King-high flush draw, so the chips naturally ended up in the middle. Both the turn and river bricked, sending Donovan to the rail with €26,500.
The next one to go was Michael Gilligan. He was down to slightly over five blinds and he was biding his time. He got his chips in the middle with Queen-Ten suited and wasn’t in that bad of shape against Clarke’s Ace-Eight. Gilligan did flop the flush draw while trailing Clarke’s pair of Aces, but he failed to improve and was eliminated in sixth, taking home €38,500.
So far, it was Clarke who took all the scalps, but for the next elimination it was Thomas O’Shea‘s turn. He called an all-in 3-bet of Oliver Lynch with Jack–Ten. Lynch was looking good to double up with Ace–King, but the dealer would not oblige as he dealt out a Ten on the flop and nothing changed by the river. Lynch left in fifth, banking €54,500.
This was, however, only a short break in Clarke’s series of eliminations. The next stack he would claim was that of Thomas O’Shea. His day proved to be quite a roller-coaster and eventually he got his stack in with Queen-Nine suited against Clarke’s Ace–Ten. The board provided no help for either player, and the best hand pre-flop took the pot, sending O’Shea out in fourth with €73,800.
The play was now down to three, but it would take quite some time before it would get to heads-up. The special dynamic was added by the fact that of the three remaining, two were still in the Sole Survivor competition, meaning the one who outlived the other would win an extra €50,000 – not a small amount considering the first place prize was €200,000.
Finally, it was Liam Chevalier who finished in third. Although he had his share as the chip leader at the final table, Chevalier’s luck would eventually run out. Once again it was Peter Clarke who made the final call. Chevalier held pocket Fours and was far behind Clarke’s pocket Eights. The board brought some hope for a chopped pot, but by the river it was clear that the best hand would hold up and Chevalier finished in third, banking €97,500.
Heads-up between Clarke and Dave Pollock was not only for the title but also for the Sole Survivor cash of €50,000, for which they were both eligible. Clarke started the play with more than a two-to-one chip lead, but Pollock wasn’t prepared to give up. After some play, he actually almost got to even stacks and it was right about this time that the tournament reached its conclusion.
As the flop came #2h #7s #Ks, Pollock got his stack in with Queen–Seven, holding second pair. It was, however, far behind Clarke’s King–Eight for the flopped top pair. The turn and river both bricked and it was all over.
Patrick Clarke is the Paddy Power Irish Poker Open champion for the year 2014. He takes home the prize money of €200,000 together with the €50,000 Sole Survivor prize. Dave Pollock finished in second, banking €130,500.
That’s all the action for the Paddy Power Irish Poker Open 2014. With the live coverage on PokerTube.com, together with the updates we brought here and on the Paddy Power Poker blog, we hope we’ve managed to cover all the exciting moments of this year’s Irish Poker Open tournament. Do stay tuned for the future tournaments to come, which will be covered here at PokerUpdate.com and PokerTube.com and enjoy all the best poker action moments as they happen!