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Luck of the Irish for Gavin O’Rourke and Mick Graydon; Paul Foltyn Passes $5MM Barrier

Michael Graydon

Gavin “gavonater” O’Rourke and Mick “BIGMIKG” Graydon ensured there was an Irish one-two in the 47th event of the 2013 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) at PokerStars, a probably first in the history of the WCOOP. Event #47 was of course the $320 3x Chance No Limit Hold’em tournament that was played over two days; the second and final day’s play took place on Tuesday evening.

At one stage at the final table, it looked as if there could be an Irish 1-2-3 because seated with O’Rourker and Graydon was Marc “14alonso14” McDonnell of Ireland. Unfortunately, for the army of Irish railbirds at least, McDonnell would bust in fifth place, leaving Graydon and O’Rourke to fly the Irish flag.

Following McDonnell to the rail was Australia’s Tim “weygang” English in fourth place. English deserves an honourable mention in this article due to the amazing form he has shown in the past week or two. A second place in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl, a runner-up finish in WCOOP Event #41, a win in the $200,000 Sunday Special at William Hill and fourth place in WCOOP Event #47 are remarkable results. While English is only that by name, here at UK & Ireland PokerNews we like to doff our caps to poker players who have put in superb performances.

Shortly after English busted, the final three players paused the tournament lock and discussed a deal. The trio finally settled on an ICM based deal that saw third place jump from $75,141.00 to $85,816.58.

The deal benefited Ukraine’s “FaNjkEEE” the most as he crashed in third place to leave Graydon (5,135,446) and O’Rourke (8,779,554) to lock horns, butt heads and almost certainly clink a pint of Guinness together on route to completing the tournament.

Heads-up was over after only one hand. With blinds at 50,000/100,000/25,000a, Graydon made it 220,000 to play from the button and O’Rourke called. The {8-Hearts}{4-Spades}{4-Clubs} flop saw O’Rourke check, Graydon continuation bet to 188,888 and then call when O’Rourke check-raised to 421,555. The turn brought the {3-Clubs} into play, O’Rourke led for 645,555 and Graydon called. The {2-Hearts} completed the board and O’Rourke over-bet shoved to put Graydon all in. Graydon called off his remaining 3.8 million chips and turned over {a-Clubs}{a-Spades} but the aces were smashed to pieces by the {q-Hearts}{4-Hearts} of his fellow countryman who had flopped trip fours.

Graydon picked up $105,389.19 for his superb effort, which represents the largest online cash of his stellar career. The $117,708.03 that O’Rourke was awarded for his win is his largest career score, too. We can only imagine the celebrations going on in Ireland last night, they probably spilled into the early hour of Wednesday!

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Luck of the Irish for Gavin O’Rourke and Mick Graydon; Paul Foltyn Passes MM Barrier 101
Paul Foltyn

Elsewhere, namely Event #49, the $320 No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha Mix, a popular British pro was busy helping himself to yet another large score. Yorkshire’s Paul “Paolo69” Foltyn almost bagged himself a bracelet after outlasting the vast majority of the 1,042 entrants, but it was not meant to be.

Foltyn fell in third place for a score of $30,009.60, which was enough to push his online tournament earning past the $5,000,000 barrier. Amazing tekkers, young man!

The WCOOP schedule has four tournaments on it today and each one looks like it should be thrilling. Event #51 is down to 105 players, while Event #52-54 should see massive prize pools created because #52-53 are $215 buy-ins with 1R1A and a 3x chance format, while Evemt #54 is a $2,100 PLO tournament that will surely attracted the best in the business. Hopefully, one of our boys or girl will scoop a life-changing sum of money.

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