Fintan Gavin becomes the first Irish champion of season 2 of the PokerStars UK & Ireland Tour, with a win in Edinburgh over the weekend. He beat Andrew Hawksby, who was playing his first live tournament ever, heads up for the title and £61,500 first prize. A total field of 519 entered the £500 Main Event, creating a prize pool of £251,715.
Hawksby may have been playing his first live tournament, but Gavin is no stranger to the live felt. He already has over $1.2 million in live winnings, came 2nd in EPT Barcelona in 2008, and is one of the organisers of Irish Poker Championships.
When asked with what he would do with his winnings, he replied “Buy shares in Eoghan O’Dea.”
|1st Fintan Gavin, Ireland, PokerStars Player, £61,500|
|2nd Andrew Hawksby, United Kingdom, £37,400|
|3rd Jamie Dale, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, £22,900|
|4th: Thomas Ward, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, £16,850|
|5th: George Clyde-Smith, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, £13,100|
|6th: Craig Brown, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, £10,500|
|7th Antonis Poulengeris, United Kingdom, PokerStars player £8,050|
|8th: Rob Swindells, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, £6,300|
|9th: Kevin Letham, United Kingdom, £4,555|
The next stop on the UKIPT tour is Dublin, between September 8-12, at the Ballsbridge Inn. You can qualify exclusively at PokerStars, and you will also be eligible for $22,500 in WCOOP freerolls this month when you sign up via UK PokerNews.