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Cathal Shine Takes Down the European DeepStack Poker Championship Main Event

Cathal Shine

The European DeepStack Poker Championship has crowned its winner of the €500+50 Main Event at the Regency Hotel in Dublin and it was local hero Cathal Shine who emerged victorious after defeating start-of-the-day chipleader Joost Schippers heads-up. Down to three players there was a deal struck that also included Jonas van Bogaert from Belgium and for the second consecutive year there was an Irish champion.

Schippers started as dominating chip leader and Abdul Khodur from Germany would be the ninth place finisher after losing a lot of chips early on with {A-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} on a {2-Spades}{4-Spades}{5-Hearts} flop against the pocket kings of Mathieu Wullaert. He scored a lucky double up with {A-Hearts}{7-Spades} versus {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} when the chips went in on an ace-high flop and the river delivered a seven for the three outer. However, his re-shove with {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts} into a raise of Schippers was bad timing timing becauseKeith Cummins flat called behind and then also called all-in with {K-Spades}{K-Clubs} only for the chip leader to knock out two players at once with {A-Diamonds}{A-Spades} as the board ran out {8-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{6-Hearts}.

The very same hand would also eliminate Lennert van Leemput in seventh place as well after the Belgian open shoved with {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts} in a battle of the blinds and Schippers made the call in the big blind with {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}. After the board fell {Q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}, the Dutchman was up to more than 20 million chips and was in a dominant position. The next three-way all-in saw the open shove from the now short stacked Loris Kuntz from the hijack seat with what turned out to be {K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, Jonas van Bogaert re-shoved with {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} and Wullaert called all-in in the big blind with {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts}. Wullaert effectively tripled up thanks to the {7-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} board and Kuntz was sent to the rail in sixth place.

Wullaert's luck wouldn't last long and he called a three-bet of Schippers to discover the see a {4-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop. After the continuation bet from the Dutchman, Wullaert shoved with {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts} and stood next to no chance against {K-Diamonds}{K-Spades}. Jaroslav Tjepan never really got anything going and saw his stack dwindle before three-bet shoving for 11 big blinds with {6-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}. Once again it was Schippers who made the call, this time with {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and the five community cards fell {J-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{4-Hearts} to bust Wullaert.

Van Bogaert then made a big call with {A-Hearts}{8-Clubs} on the river of a {8-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades} board — after Schippers fired on all three streets — to put a dent into the stack of the chip leader. Shine then doubled up through Schipperswith {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} versus {6-Spades}{6-Clubs} and all of a sudden the three players were almost even in chips. An ICM deal was agreed on with €4,800 and the trophy for the winner left to be played for.

Play was faster and more aggressive after the deal; Schippers lost a big pot against van Bogaert and then Shine won a lot of small pots to take the lead. Schippers then doubled up through van Bogaert with {A-Hearts}{9-Clubs} versus {K-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} on a {9-Spades}{7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop and van Bogaert never recovered from that to hit the rail in third place.

Shine had more than 3:1 chip advantage once heads-up play started and even increased that to an almost unassailable 9:1 by picking his spots carefully and constantly putting pressure on his opponent. Schippers doubled up once after his {A-Hearts}{6-Spades} stayed best against {K-Diamonds}{9-Spades} on a {4-Spades}{A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} board, but he still found himself far behind in chips.

The final hand saw Schippers move all-in with {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} and Shine call with {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. Despite picking up a flush draw on the {2-Spades}{7-Spades}{A-Spades} flop, the {K-Diamonds} turn and {6-Hearts} river bricked for the Dutchman and he had to settle for second place.

European DeepStack Poker Championship Final Table Results

1Cathal ShineIreland€38,375
2Joost SchippersNetherlands€31,370
3Jonas van BogaertBelgium€33,170
4Jaroslav TjepanDenmark€17,000
5Mathieu WullaertBelgium€13,400
6Loris KuntzFrance€10,475
7Lennert van LeemputBelgium€7,600
8Keith CumminsIreland€5,725
9Abdul KhodurGermany€4,300

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