The 2014 Boylepoker IPO Dublin Main Event came to a thrilling conclusion on Monday evening and it was Chris Pyke who was the last man standing, outlasting the 1,656-strong field to secure a massive €46,211 payday, a sum that could have been even more substantial had there not been a five-way chop.
Pyke went into Monday’s nine-handed final table as one of the shortest stacks, yet still managed to come out on top. Let’s see how the final table played out.
2014 Boylepoker IPO Dublin Main Event Final Table
|4||Victor De Rijke||26,800,000|
The first player fell on the hour mark and it was Ibragimzhan Niyazov who was that first casualty of the day. Niyazov opened to 800,000 from under the gun, Pyke responded with a three-bet to 1,600,000 and then instantly called wen Niyazov moved all-in.
It was one of tournament poker’s many coinflip scenarios, Niyazov holding and Pyke . Neither player improved by the river and Niyazov busted in ninth place.
Robert Pekel was the next player eliminated, again falling foul to a pair of queens. Pekel moved all-in for a shade over 2,500,000 with the and Victor De Rijke re-raised all-in over the top of him with . The gave Pekel some hope, but the turn or river provided no further help and his tournament was over.
Seventh place went to Jim Paulus who fell during a hand with De Rijke. Paulus, from Luxembourg, moved all-in for 3,300,000 at the 200,000/400,000/40,000a level with what turned out to be and De Rijke looked him up with . Those eights improve to a set on the flop and a full house on the turn. The meaningless completed the board and Paulus headed for the exits.
Less than five minutes after Paulus busted, Roland Premesnil joined him on the sidelines. Premesnil raised preflop and was called by Pyke in the big blind. Both players checked the arrival of the flop before Premesnil moved all-in on the turn. Pyke snap-called and flipped over for a straight, leaving the of Premesnil to hope to hit on the river. That didn’t happen and Premesnil crashed out of the IPO Dublin Main Event.
With the blinds growing ever larger and the jumps in the prize pool being substantial, especially considering the low buy-in, the remaining five players paused the tournament and discussed the possibility of a deal. Twenty minutes of negotiations later and the decision was taken to split the remaining prize pool by way of ICM.
With everyone guaranteed to scoop no less than €35,500 for their efforts play drastically loosened up and it less than two more hours for the five players to become one.
Fifth place went to Joe Ward who saw Richard O’Neill move all-in from the small blind with and decided to call with . Ward lost the flip when a king landed on the flop, but can’t be too downhearted because in addition to walking away with €35,500 he also placed a €5 each way bet at 500-to-1 that he would reach the final table!
Soon after Wrd’s demise, De Rijke lost his chips to Pyke. De Rijke moved all-in from the small blind with the and Pyke opted to gamble with his / Pyke call was rewarded with a seven on the flop and when he faded a king on the turn and river only three players remained in the hunt for the winner’s trophy.
Those three became two with the elimination of O’Neill and it was Pyke who claimed another scalp. All of the chips went into the middle on the flop, Pyke holding for top pair and O’Neill for a flush draw an overcard. The on the turn failed to alter the course of the hand and the same was true of the on the river.
Within minutes of the heads-up battle between Paudie Cusack and Pyke commencing it was all over. Pyke moved all-in on the river of the board with and Cusack looked him up with only to be shown his pair of jacks were crushed.
2014 Boylepoker IPO Dublin Main Event Final Table Results
|4||Victor De Rijke||€43,794*|
That is it for this season of the IPO, UK & Ireland PokerNews will inform you of the stops scheduled on the 2015 tour as soon as that information becomes available. Until then, congratulations to Chris Pyke, the winner of the record-breaking 2014 Boylepoker IPO Dublin Main Event.
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