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Donie Lyons Takes Down the BoylePoker IPO Dublin Main Event

Donie Lyons

On Monday afternoon, 15 players returned to their seats in the Regency Airport Hotel to play for the title of BoylePoker International Poker Open (IPO) Dublin champion.

Despite increasing the blind levels to 50 minutes, it still only took eight hours for the winner to be crowned. Step forward Mr Donie Lyons, a postman by trade, the 2013 IPO Dublin Main Event champion and recipient of €39,485.

The unofficial final table was set within an hour of Day 3 starting – the official final table was played eight-handed — after five players busted in quick succession. John Dougherty was the first to fall and Niall O’Connor, the ever-popular Andy Black, Derek Maughan, Frenchman Frederic Finet and Belgium’s Peter Thys joined him on the sidelines by the time the clock struck 2 p.m.

2013 IPO Dublin Main Event Final table Seat Draw

1Kenny Nyhus2,250,000
2Donie Lyons3,040,000
3Mustafa Gultekin3,950,000
4Alan Daly2,760,000
5Cathal Shine5,980,000
6Andy Hall2,400,000
7Alan McGinn3,200,000
8Kevin Falk4,890,000
9Michael Murray12,580,000

An hour after the nine-handed finale got underway, Kevin Falk busted in ninth place for €3,985. The Swiss national pushed the last of his chips into the middle of the blue felt while holding {A-Spades}{8-Clubs} and Sweden’s Kenny Nyhus looked him up, as you would if you held {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}. The {5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{10-Spades}{9-Diamonds} board was void of drama and Falk became the ninth place finisher.

The eight official final table players.
The eight official final table players.

The first casualty of the official final table was Alan Daly. He chose {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} to put his tournament life on the line with and Alan McGinn called off the vast majority of his stack with {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}. A king on the turn of the {6-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{j-Spades} board rewarded McGinn’s call, which also sent Daly to the rail. Daly’s eighth place finish netted him €5,490 and an additional €1,093 thanks to a special BoylePoker promotion that he was part of.

Cruel Hand Busts Murray

Michael Murray fell by the wayside shortly after Daly’s demise, and in dramatic fashion. Andrew Hall opened to 550,000 with the {A-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and faced a 3.31 million all-in three-bet from Murray. After much deliberation, Hall called and was shown a shiny pair of kings for his troubles. The [{5-Hearts}{j-Spades}{j-Clubs} flop looked harmless enough, and even the {8-Hearts} shouldn’t have given too much cause for concern because surely Hall wasn’t going to hit a runner-runner flush, was he? The dealer placed the {7-Hearts} onto the river, completing an unlikely flush for Hall and sending a dejected Murray to the sidelines with a true bad beat story to tell to all and sundry.

Hall then donated some of his newfound chips to Lyons when Lyons found {A-Hearts}{A-Spades} to double through Hall and his {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}.

McGinn then made another big call with {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} when Cathal Shine open-shoved his 6.26 million stack with what turned out to be {A-Spades}{10-Clubs}. Neither player improved their hand on the {8-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{6-Clubs} board; McGinn’s ace-kicker scooped him the pot, which left Shine to head to the cashier’s cage to collect €10,300.

Deal or No Deal

With Shine out of the way and only five players left in the IPO Dublin Main Event, none of who were professional players, the tournament was paused so a deal discussion could take place. Less than 10 minutes of negotiations were needed before the players agreed to take €25,000 each, leaving €14,485 and the trophy for the eventual champion.

With the deal in place, the tournament became a winner-takes-all format and play started to loosen up. Mustafa Gultekin was short on chips and in desperate need of a double. He attempted to rectify that situation by moving all in with {Q-Spades}{9-Clubs} and was called in two spots; Lyons called with {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and Nyhus with the dead man’s hand {A-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}. By the river the board read {k-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{9-Clubs} to send Gultekin to the rail and to double Nyhus’ stack.

McGinn had made several calls with unsuited aces and managed to take down pots, but that would change in a hand with Lyons. Looking down at {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} and facing an all-in bet that covered him, McGinn decided to gamble and he called. Lyons had shoved into him with a lowly pair of fives and was only slightly a favourite to win. Lyons’ chances of success increased as the first three community cards fell {10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and these were followed onto the felt by the {8-Spades} and then the {2-Clubs}. McGinn exited in fourth place.

McGinn’s seat had not even gone cold when Nyhus lost his own tournament life. Nyhus’ tournament hopes were pinned on the {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} and he looked set for a double up when Hall called with {K-Spades}{8-Spades}. That was until the dealer fanned out the {2-Hearts}{3-Spades}{3-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{4-Clubs} board to leave the tournament in its heads-up stage.

The one-on-one battle was over almost as quickly as it had started when Hall moved all in for his last 6 million chips with {A-}{2-} and Lyons called with pocket eights. The {3-}{q-}{q-}{9-}{k-} board was the last of this year’s tournament because Lyons’ snowmen held and he took down the IPO Dublin Main Event.

2013 IPO Dublin Final Table Payouts

1stDonie Lyons€39,485*
2ndAndrew Hall€25,000*
3rdKenny Nyhus€25,000*
4thAlan McGinn€25,000*
5thMustafa Gultekin€25,000*
6thCathal Shine€10,300
7thMichael Murray€7,550
8thAlan Daly€5,490
9thKevin Falk€3,985

*reflects a five-handed deal

The IPO now takes a four-month break before returning in February 2014 for the Galway leg. Other planned stops in 2014 include London, Killarney, Newcastle and Dublin.

Data and lead image courtesy of the BoylePoker Blog

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