Scott and Bradshaw make Irish Open Final, Moorman Closing in on SCOOP Final + more
Irish Open Final Table
700 have become 8 at the 2009 Paddy Power Irish Open last night, as one of the biggest tournaments of the year has reached the final table. The final table is headed up by Andrew Pantling of Canada, who with over 2 million chips is the big leader.
The final table is a very mixed affair, with players from all over Europe making up the numbers, but there are two of UK pokers finest also within earshot of the title. Kara Scott (OK, technically she is Canadian but she is an honorary Brit) is once again impressing everyone with her tournament prowess after her extensive schooling in the TV poker industry. Also in-form Andy Bradshaw is also in the mix. Bradshaw was the long time chip leader in this event and earlier this year won the Broadway Festival Main Event and came third in the Liverpool Winter Festival.
Special mention also has to go to Marcel Koch, who in 16th place was the last Paddy Power qualifier standing, which won him the lucrative €100,000 Sole Survivor sponsorship deal for outlasting 100 other online qualifiers.
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Paddy Power Irish Open Final Table
Seat 1: Lee Brooke-Pearce — 998,000
Seat 2: Andrew Pantling — 2,286,000
Seat 3: Andrew Bradshaw — 351,000
Seat 4: Kara Scott — 701,000
Seat 5: William Kassouf — 569,000
Seat 6: Bradley Verburg — 217,000
Seat 7: Christer Johansson — 906,000
Seat 8: Atanas Gueorguiev — 990,000
Arjanit Kondaj wins the DTD Deepstack
Despite the fact that most of the UK pros were in Dublin this weekend, the DTD monthly deepstack event showed no signs of slowing down, with an amazing 294 players. Plenty of notable players made up the event, with Sam Trickett amongst the names at the final table. In the end, Arjanit Kondaj was the winner of the event and the £27,349 first prize, although by all accounts a deal was done at the final table.
1 Arjanit Kondaj £27,349
2 Mark Docherty £15,989
3 Hiren Kanabar £9,593
4 Basharat Mahmood £6,732
5 Toby Lewis £5,049
6 Ryan Moon £3,787
7 Phillip Toomer £2,945
8 Sam Trickett £2,104
9 Aaron Fisher £1,683
Elsewhere, last month's winner Colin Young was on fine form, as he won the £150 side event on Sunday.
Moorman closes in on SCOOP Main Event Final
The top online tournament player in the United Kingdom, Chris 'Moorman1' Moorman has once again proved his mettle at the online felt, as he is one of the bigger stacks in the final 14 of the $10,300 Pokerstars.net SCOOP Main Event. He is currently 6th in chips and guaranteed at least $55,220 but will obviously have his sights set on the $963,338 first prize later on today, when the final table recommences.
It's been a pretty good SCOOP for UK players, James 'Royal Flush' Dempsey made a third final table in the Omaha Hi/Lo event to put him well up there in the SCOOP player of the series rankings. Pokerstars.net own John Duthie came 2nd in the High Rollers Heads Up event for $200,000.
All in all, the Pokerstars.net SCOOP has been a tremendous success for low stakes, mid stakes and nosebleed stakes players alike. The players have loved it and hopefully this will open the floodgates for more events like this from Pokerstars.net in the near future.