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Patrick Clarke, an online qualifier who won his seat via a €4 “cheap seats” satellite, has bested a total field of 411 runners to win this year’s €2,000 + €250 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open Main Event and a total of €250,000. 411 players entered the event, which was 94-players shy from the 2013 event.


Clarke, who finished 14th in this event last year for his career highest score of $4,414, takes home €200,000 for the top prize, and a €50,000 bonus.


The €50,000 over the tournament’s top prize of €200,000 comes courtesy of the Paddy Power Sole Survivor competition, which, in true movie-script style, went all the way to heads up. Online qualifiers finishing 2nd-6th highest (including runner-up Dave Pollock) receive entry into next year’s Irish Open Main Event. In total, 47 places were paid, with cashes going to the likes of Gerard Harraghy, Chris Dowling, Dave Masters and the Voice of Poker Jesse May.


Irish Open Main Event Final Table Results


1st. Patrick Clarke – €200,000*

2nd. Dave Pollock – €130,500

3rd. Liam Chevalier – €97,500

4th. Thomas O’Shea – €73,800

5th. Oliver Lynch – €54,500

6th. Michael Gilligan – €38,500

7th. Barry Donovan – €26,500

8th. Jonathan Lundy – €19,250




GUS HANSEN WINS HEADS-UP CHAMPIONSHIP AT FULL TILT POKER GALWAY FESTIVALThe UK versus Ireland heads-up poker championship at the Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival was won by a Dane as Gus Hansen took the honours yesterday. The Great Dane collected €16,151 and the trophy, after he defeated Dave Nicholson in the final.


To get to the final Hansen defeated Max Silver (semi-final), Jamie Burland (quarter-final), Shaun Conning (round of 16) and Jude Ainsworth (round of 32). “There were no walks in the park,” he said after his victory. For his Togel Hongkong efforts over two days Nicholson collected €10,767, defeated semi-finalists Silver and Kevin Williams each took home €4,486 and the UK scored a notional 44-36 points victory in the overall portion of the tournament.






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