When Full Tilt Poker unveiled four new Red Pros who were to act as UKIPT Ambassadors for the brand, nobody was surprised in the slightest at Dermot Blain’s appointment. The popular man from Sligo, Ireland has been a regular on the European circuit for several years and has amassed some impressive results along the way; and almost always with a smile on his face.
If you see Blain round Deauville today you can bet he will be smiling because he has €20,200 reasons to, the amount awarded to Blain for winning the €1,100 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed side event at the European Poker Tour Deauville festival.
The tournament may have had a compact field – 75 players bought into it – but it was crammed with some of Europe’s top poker talent including Konstantin Puchkov and Roger Hairabedian who finished in the money in ninth and tenth place.
The eight-handed final table was also a star-studded affair, as you would imagine, with the Netherlands’ Tobias Peters (5th for €5,730), Scotland’s Gordon Huntly (4th for €7,240) and the reigning EPT Grand Final champion Steve O’Dwyer (3rd for €9,410) all helping themselves to sizeable sums of money.
O’Dwyer’s exit in third place left Blain and Uladzimir Zakharau to play for the title, the trophy and the €20,200 top prize.
Blain, who won Ireland’s Player of the Year award at the Global Poker Index European Poker Awards, brushed aside his Belarusian opponent to scoop what is his sixth largest live tournament cash of his career – Blain’s largest cash weighs in at an impressive $541,000.
On Thursday afternoon, Blain updated his Facebook status with: “Yesterday was a good day managed to win my second GPI Irish player of the year award and also my second ept plo trophy along with 20k euro !! good start to 2014”
A good start indeed. Hopefully there will be plenty more Blain-related articles being published on UK & Ireland PokerNews over the next 11 months.