James Mitchell of London has brought the Irish Open trophy back to the UK after defeating Paul Carr heads up last night. He came into the final table 3rd in chips only to lose half his stack almost immediately when his A-9 ran into the pocket jacks of Declan Connolly. That small blip was soon to be undone and Mitchell found himself the beneficiary of several lucky pots on his way to the heads up match.
Paul Carr looked in control and had impressed everyone with a particularly aggressive display, but the writing was on the wall after Mitchell was all-in with A-6 vs the pocket queens of Carr, with an ace on the river putting the Londoner in command. Soon after Carr tried to bluff with Q-5 against the A-8 of Mitchell on a JJ8 flop, Mitchell called and no queen on the turn or river handed him the title and the €600,000 first prize.
Only 20 years old, Mitchell looked shocked to have won and humbly thanked the crowd and commended his heads up opponent. Despite his young age, many believe a big title was on its way to Mitchell who had come very close in a lot of events including 3rd in GUKPT Luton in 2008 and runner up in last year’s World Heads-Up Championships.
This was also a case of De Ja Vu for 2008 champion Neil Channing, who watched a student of his BlackBelt Poker team replicate his success from two years earlier (And if we know Channing, presumably he had a nice piece of this win).
Congratulations to James Mitchell on bringing this prestigious title back to the UK. If you want to see how it happened, check out our Live Updates.
Irish Open Final Table
1st James Mitchell — €600,000
2nd Paul Carr — €312,600
3rd Santeri Valikoski — €205,200
4th Rob Sherwood — €163,300
5th Ben Roberts — €130,600
6th Edmund Sweeney — €100,800
7th Declan Connolly — €75,000
8th Peter Murphy — €56,300
9th Yann Dion — €37,700
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