Do you remember that scene in Rounders where Mike McDermott is arguing with his girlfriend and he says to her: “Why does this still seem like gambling to you? Why do you think the same five guys make it to the final table at the World Series of Poker every single year? What are they, the luckiest guys in Las Vegas?”
Well in Rounders 2, there should be a similar line where Mike says, “You think this isn’t a skill game? Then why has Max Silver reached the final table of the UKIPT Dublin Main Event three seasons out of four? Is he the biggest lucksack in the history of British poker?” Because that is exactly what Silver has done.
In Season 1, Silver went all the way and won the whole shebang before almost successfully defending his title the following season and finishing in fourth place. Silver gave everyone else a chance in Season 3 and didn’t reach the money, but at 12:00 noon on Monday Silver heads into the Season 4 UKIPT Dublin Main Event third in chips and has a realistic chance of becoming a two-time UKIPT champion.
It should be quite the final table thanks in part to Silver being joined at it by Dutch pro Joeri Zandvliet, who is himself a double UKIPT champion. Silver and Zandvliet have plenty of history at the tables; Zandvliet eliminated Silver at the final table of UKIPT Dublin in Season 2 before going on to win his second UKIPT Main Event. The talented duo both reached the final table of UKIPT Edinburgh in Season 1, too.
Should Zandvliet go on to win this particular tournament, he would become the first-ever triple UKIPT champion, while Silver would join Zandvliet, Nick Abou Risk and Wojtek Barzantny in the double-winner club.
But let’s not forget that the final table is the home to six other players, six other players who have battled their way through the pack to reach the big stage on merit. One man who is definitely going to have a say in where the title finishes up is start-of-the-day chip leader Kevin Killeen.
Those of you who follow the Sunday Briefing and online rankings articles here at UK & Ireland PokerNews will no doubt have seen Killeen’s name gracing our pages. Killeen has over $1 million in online tournament winnings, an impressive figure boosted by a recent third place finish in the Full Tilt Poker $250,000 Guarantee. That remarkable result banked Killeen $26,942 and if he finishes fourth or high in this tournament, Killeen ill secure his largest ever tournament cash to date.
The final table has something to offer everyone. It has the Silver / Zandvliet story, it has Killeen looking for his largest ever score, and when you throw a couple of keen amateurs and a Rational Group staff member into the mix, you can see why the excitement has built to fever pitch in the Emerald Isle’s capital city.
Season 4 UKIPT Dublin Main Event Final Table
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Lead image courtesy of the Crunchie-loving Danny Maxwell
Each of the eight players sits down knowing they will leave Dublin with €8,748 in their back pocket, but with €87,700 up top there is still plenty to play for. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Tuesday to discover who becomes the UKIPT Dublin Main Event champion.