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John O’Shea Headlines the IPO Galway Main Event Final Table

John O'Shea

John O’Shea is on course to become the 2014 IPO Galway Main Event champion after he bulldozed his way to the eight-handed final table where he will start with a massive chip lead.

Day 2 of the €230 buy-in tournament started with 176 players and some 15 levels later play stopped as only eight players remained. Although there were 168 eliminations on Day 2, the most important happened around three hours into proceedings.

Mark Strahan found himself all-in with {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} against the {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} of Paul King and needing some help from the board to stay in the tournament. The {8-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} flop was anything but help and the {6-Spades} on the turn dashed any hopes of a Strahan suckout. Why was this seemingly simple and straightforward hand key? Because it burst the bubble and allowed the prize money to start flowing. Strahan didn’t leave empty handed as the organisers gave him a free seat to any future IPO Main Event.

After the bubble burst, the eliminations came thick and fast and continued at a relatively fast pace right up to Trevor Considine’s exit with {K-Hearts}{Q-Spades} versus the {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} of Paulius Venkauskas to send Considine to the rail in ninth place and leave the surviving eight players to brag to their friends and family about reaching the 2014 IPO Galway Main Event final table.

2014 IPO Galway Main Event Final Table

1Brendan Byrne2,480,000
2Yutaka Mitsuishi1,505,000
3Pauliius Venckauskas1,125,000
4John O’Shea8,530,000
5Petras Stulpinas980,000
6Damien Feeney1,105,000
7Patrick Humphreys1,625,000
8Geoff Healy705,000

O’Shea goes into the final table with 8.5 million of the 18 million chips in play and is a clear favourite to add the IPO Galway title to his list of poker accomplishments. Should O’Shea take down the tournament and claim the €25,000 first place prize, it would be the popular Irishman’s seventh largest cash of his career despite the fact the tournament only cost €230 to enter!

The final table gets underway at 3:00pm on Monday at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway and continues until one man, possibly O’Shea, has every chip in front of him and is crowned champion. Good luck to all eight finalists.

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