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.