WSOP 2018

Cyril Delaire Wins The European Short-Handed Championships

Cyril Delaire

The D4 Events European Short-Handed Poker Championships took place over in Dublin this past weekend and attracted a bumper crowd of 818 players. Of these 818 hopefuls only 84 walked away with some prize money to show for the efforts, the lion's share of which finding itself in the wallet of Frenchman Cyril Delaire.

With one of the events partners being the France-focussed Winamax it was no surprise to see the majority of the field being from just across the Channel, itself attracting scores more players as we all know the reputation that proceeds our French poker playing cousins.

Mick Graydon
Mick Graydon

The nine-handed final table was almost an all-French affair but Ireland's “Big” Mick Graydon was determined to ensure the winner's trophy stayed in the Emerald Isle. Unfortunately for him, his quest came to an abrupt end in fourth place when his stack went into the middle with {9-Hearts}{6-Spades} against the {k-Hearts}{3-Hearts} of Delaire with the flop reading {5-Clubs}{4-Spades}{6-Hearts}. Although Graydon was in front when the money went in he was soon way behind as the {k-Clubs} landed on the turn and flipped the hand completely around. The {3-Spades} on the river was no help to Graydon and he headed to the cashier's cage to pick up €24,000 in prize money.

Half-hour later Maxime Cohet busted out in third place, leaving Delaire (12,610,000 chips) and Damien Llommeau (3,650,000) to battle it out heads up for the title. With the blinds being 50,000/100,000/12,000a there was still some play left in the one-on-one encounter but that did not stop the chips flying around like they were going out of fashion.

Around 15-minutes into the finale, all the chips went into the middle of an {8-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{9-Clubs} flop, Delaire holding {j-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} for top pair with an open-ended straight draw and Llommeau turning over {j-Spades}{6-Spades} for an open-ended straight draw. The {6-Clubs} on the turn was followed by the {5-Clubs} on the river and with that Llommeau was eliminated and Delaire was announced as the champion.

European Short-Handed Poker Championships Final Table Results

1Cyril Delaire€65,000
2Damien Llommeau€45,000
3Maxime Cohet€31,500
4Mick Graydon€24,000
5Julien Lourdin€19,000
6Loci Hervier€15,000

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