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Chris O'Donnell Wins UKIPT Brighton Main Event

Chris O'Donnell

Although most eyes might be on Las Vegas right now, poker is still very much buzzing in the UK. 603 players turned out for this year’s PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker tour main event in Brighton, which is more than double last year’s field of 259.

The eventual victor was 26 year old Southampton native Chris O'Donnell, who claimed the title after almost four hours of heads up play against eventual second place finisher, local boy Richard Hasancebi.

O'Donnell, used to boast EPT Vilamoura champion Toby Lewis as his flatmate, is known to his friends as "Bobby Big Head". He captured £71,100 for the victory at a final table that included UK veteran Jeff Duvall, who finished 3rd.

1st: Chris O'Donnell, United Kingdom, £71,100
2nd: Richard Hasancebi, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, £41,300
3rd: Jeff Duvall, United Kingdom, £25,300
4th: Rudi Johnsen, Norway, PokerStars qualifer, £18,600
5th: Sinem Melin, United Kingdom, £14,900
6th: David Rudling-Smith, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, £11,400
7th: David Trigg, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, £8,950
8th: Jaroslav Horak, Czech Republic, PokerStars qualifier, £6,900
9th: Alex Ferguson, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, £4,930

The next leg of the tour takes place in Edinburgh between August 11-14. Qualifiers are now running at PokerStars.

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