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Ioannis Triantafyllakis Takes Down the 2015 Irish Open

Ioannis Triantafyllakis

The 2015 Paddy Power Irish Open has crowned its champion and that champion, ladies and gentlemen, is Greek online qualifier Ioannis Triantafyllakis who is now €259,500 richer thanks to collecting a €209,500 first place prize (after a heads-up chop) and an additional €50,000 for being the last Paddy power qualifier standing.

It didn’t take too long after play resumed for the final table to lose its first player, and what a hand it was, one that will be replayed over and over again.

Donnacha O’Dea raised to 100,000 with the {A-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and Andreas Gann called from the small blind with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} despite the fact calling left him with only 177,000 behind. The flop fell {8-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} gifting O’Dea two pair but Gann the nut flush. Gann checked, O’Dea bet 300,000 and Gann inexplicably went into the tank for more than a minute before calling.

The finalists couldn’t believe their eyes when Gann’s cards were revealed and the commentators said “If there is any justice in this world, there’ll be an ace or a six.”

They’re pleas weren’t answered on the {7-Clubs} turn but justice was served when the {6-Hearts} landed on the river to improve O’Dea to a full house and send the slow-rolling Gann to the rail in eighth place.

Baard Dahl was the next to fall after a clash with Kevin Killeen didn’t go to plan. Killen raised, Dahl three-bet his entire 810,000 stack (blinds 30,000/60,000/5,000a) and Killeen instantly called, as would you if you held the {A-}{A-}. Dahl could only muster the {K-Spades}{J-Clubs} and when the five community cards ran out {A-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} it was game over for him.

Sixth place, and a cool €46,500, went to Fergal Cawley. Down to around eight big blinds, Cawley open-shoved from the small blind with what turned out to be {9-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and Triantafyllakis called from the next seat along with {J-Spades}{10-Clubs}. Triantafyllakis paired up on the flop, Cawley couldn’t improve and that, as they say, was that.

Crowd favourite O’Dea’s tournament came to an end when Triantafyllakis min-raised to 160,000 and then called when O’Dea re-raised all-in for 1,045,000. O’Dea showed {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and was in bad shape against the dominating {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} of his Greek opponent. The {K-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop wasn’t what O’Dea wanted to see and he was drawing dead by the {10-Diamonds} turn. Triantafyllakis unnecessarily improved to trip kings on the arrival of the {K-Spades} river and O’Dea headed to the cashier’s desk to collect €61,850.

The players went on a break after O’Dea’s demise and the first two hands after they returned claimed the tournament lives of Declan Connolly and Michael Wang.

Connolly pushed all-in for 885,000 only to see Killeen three-bet all-in for 2,000,000. Connolly’s {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} were way behind the {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} of Killeen and that remained true through the {6-Spades}{5-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{j-Hearts} board.

The very next hand saw Wang move all-in with {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs} and Killeen woke up in the big blind with {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} for back-to-back pocket queens. Those ladies held again as the dealer spread the {10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{a-Clubs} board and heads-up was set.

Killeen and Triantafyllakis opted to split the remaining prize pool to make the pay jump a little shallower. The shorter of the two stacks, Killeen, locked up €192,500 and Triantafyllakis took €197,500, leaving €12,000 extra for the champion and the coveted Irish Open trophy.
Triantafyllakis had the better of the early encounters and it was no real surprise, although bitterly disappointing for the army of Killeen fans, when Triantafyllakis emerged victorious.

The final hand of the 2015 Paddy Power Irish Open saw Triantafyllakis set Killeen in from the button and Killeen calling with {A-Spades}{2-Clubs}. That baby ace was narrowly ahead of Triantafyllakis’ {Q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}, but the {7-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} flop changed that. The {7-Hearts} turn was no help to Killeen and neither was the {3-Hearts}, which sent him to the rail in second place and left Triantafyllakis to be crowed the tournament’s champion.

2015 Paddy Power Irish Open Final Table Results

1Ioannis Triantafyllakis€209,500*
2Kevin Killeen€192,500*
3Michael Wang€111,750
4Declan Connolly€82,750
5Donnacha O’Dea€61,850
6Fergal Cawley€46,500
7Baard Dahl€35,250
8Andreas Gann€26,750

Lead image courtesy of Paddy Power blog

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