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John O'Shea

John O’Shea put in a real champion’s performance at the final table of the 2014 IPO Galway Main Event, leading from start to finish and running out as a worthy winner.

The vastly experienced O’Shea went into the eight-handed final table armed with 8,530,000 of the 18,180,000 chips in play and used his large stack to his advantage throughout the final day’s proceedings. When a player of O’Shea’s calibre has almost 47% of the total chips in play, there is going to be no other result that an outright victory.

2014 IPO Galway Final Table Seat Draw

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

The first elimination of the day was that of Yutaka Mitsuishi after around an hour’s play. Mitsuishi pinned his tournament life on the {A-Clubs}{5-Spades} on a {9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop and ran slap-bang into the {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} of O’Shea. The {K-Diamonds} turn and {9-Hearts} river completed the board and confirmed Mitsuishi’s exit.

Half hour later and Lithuania’s Paulius Venckauskas was sent to the rail by Brendan Byrne, although most of the damage was caused by Damien Feeney. After losing the majority of his stack with {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} versus Feeney’s {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}, Venckauskas pushed all-in with {6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and was called by Byrne and his {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. A final board reading {J-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} was not what the Lithuanian was hoping for and his tournament ended in seventh place.

Venckauskas’ seat hadn’t had the chance to go cold before the tournament lost another player; ironically it was Veckauskas’ executioner Byrne who was the man who busted next. Bryne lost a large pot to Patrick Humphreys ({A-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} vs {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}) and then pushed his last 400,000 chips into the middle of the felt with {Q-Spades}{8-Hearts} and was looked up by Petra Stuplinas, who had been dealt {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. Neither player improved on the {2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} board, Stuplinas winning the pot courtesy of his ace-high and leaving Byrne with bare felt where his stack of chips used to be.

Shortly after the blinds increased to 80,000/160,000/15,000a, Humphreys decided to make a move. With 2.4 million chips in front of him, Humphreys was down to 15 big blinds and he got those into the middle when he looked down and found {A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} staring back at him. Unfortunately for Humphreys, Stulpinas woke up with {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} and called to put him at risk. A king-high board ensured Stulpinas’ queens remained the best hand and sent Humphreys to the sidelines to collect €5,000.

With only four players remaining, O’Shea held 10.225 million chips and was in a commanding position. That position improved further when Stulpinas jammed his 2.2 million stack all-in with {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and O’Shea called him with the {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}. The {A-Hearts}{5-Spades}{6-Diamonds} flop improved O’Shea to a pair of aces, but Stulpinas to a set of fives. The turn was the {6-Spades}, completing a full house for Stulipinas who was looking forward to doubling up. If Stulpinas was celebrating he was doing so prematurely because the {A-Diamonds} fell on the turn to gift O’Shea a bigger full house and to bust a devastated Stulpinas in fourth place

Next to feel the wrath of O’Shea was Feeney who opted to gamble with {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts} when O’Shea set him all-in with what turned out to be the lowly {10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}. The {8-Spades}{3-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{A-Spades} board favoured O’Shea and Feeney exited in third place.

O’Shea went into the one-on-one battle with Geoff Healy with a huge chip lead, but when Healy’s {9-Clubs}{9-Clubs} held against the {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} in O’Shea’s hand and then his {A-Clubs}{7-Spades} did the same against {k-Clubs}{5-Spades}, Healy was back in business.

About 30 minutes into the match and with the chip counts relatively even compared to the start of the match, the players discussed a deal and agreed to each take €17,820 with the eventual champion claiming an additional €3,960. O’Shea collected that extra money when his {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades} prevailed against Healy’s {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts}. Healy was drawing dead by the turn of the {7-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{j-Clubs} board, leaving O’Shea to bank another win and be crowned the 2014 IPO Galway Main Event champion.

2014 IPO Galway Final Table Results

1John O’Shea€21,780*
2Geoff Healy€17,820*
3Damien Feeney€9,250
4Petras Stulpinas€6,500
5Patrick Humphreys€5,000
6Brendan Byrne€4,000
7Paulius Venckauskas€3,250
8Yutaka Mitsuishi€2,600

*reflects a heads-up deal

Next up for the IPO is a trip to Aspers London between April 10-14. Last year’s inaugural IPO London Main Event attracted a crowd of 345 players who were all outlasted by Michael Wright. The 2014 edition of this superbly run tour will surely be even larger than in 2013.

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