The 2012 paddypowerpoker.com Irish Winter Festival has concluded after Tim Hartmann emerged victorious from the nine-handed final table. Hartmann picked up the €100,000 first place prize, the coveted Irish Winter Festival trophy and, of course, the bragging rights that come with winning such an event.
Nineteen players returned to the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, yesterday to play out the final day of this superb event, but only nine of them would make it to the final table. The final table was set when Declan Wallace busted out in 10th place after a clash with Hartmann. A preflop raising war broke out that resulted in Wallace being all-in (after five-bet shoving) with what turned out to be and Hartmann making the call with , but just as it looked like Wallace would double up the board ran out to gift Hartmann the best hand and leave Wallace to wonder what could have been.
2012 Irish Winter Festival Final Table Seat Draw
First to be eliminated from the final table was Trevor Dineen. He started the day as one of the shortest stacks in the field yet somehow managed to navigate his way to the final table. His tournament came to an abrupt end when he moved all in for his last 300,000 with pocket eights and was unfortunate to run into the queens of Mark McDonnell. No drama from the community cards and the paddypowerpoker Irish Winter Festival final table lost its first player.
Ahmed Eydan was the next to go, when he looked down at and, rightly, moved his 10 big blind stack into the middle. His shove was quickly called by Ronan Gilligan who held a dominating and although both players paired their ace, Gilligan’s queen-kicker meant he had the strongest hand and Eydan was gone.
Seven became six when Daniele Nestola check-called down to the river of a board, only to bluff of his remaining chips on the river. We know it was a bluff because when Patryk Pietnoczko called the river shove, Nestole mucked and left the table!
The final table lost another player when Jay O’Toole lost to the seemingly unstoppable Hartmann. O‘Toole was all in for around 600,000 chips with against the of Hartmann and was on course to double up, until the appeared on the river to bust O’Toole. Must be nice.
Shortly after O’Toole’s demise, McDonnell busted out in fifth place, again at the hands of Hartmann. McDonnell made a move with but was looked up by the of Hartmann. Neither player improved and McDonnell headed to the rail.
Arguably the biggest name competing on the final day was Julian Thew but he will have to come back to Ireland next year if he wants to add the title of paddypowerpoker Irish Winter Festival champion to his already long list of poker accolades, as he busted out in fourth spot. Thew got his stack into the centre of the felt holding and was snapped off by Hartmann’s . The was final and Thew left the final table.
The talented Gilligan was the next Hartmann casualty, first losing a huge pot with versus Hartmann’s pocket sixes on a board reading and then busting out when he was all in with to the ironic pair of sixes in the hand of Hartmann soon after! Gilligan lost the flip and would have been very disappointed, especially as he apparently refused a deal when three-handed play started.
Heads-up play saw Pietnoczko fight a valiant battle but it was just not meant to be. The final hand saw Pietnoczko down to one million chips, chips that he moved all in with whilst holding . Hartmann made the call with the dominated . His reward was the  flop that catapulted him into the lead and when the turn and river bricked off, Pietnoczko was eliminated and Hartmann announced as champion.
2012 Irish Winter Festival final table results
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