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Daniel Tighe Victorious in the MPN Poker Tour Dublin Main Event

Daniel Tighe: MPN Poker Tour Dublin champion


  • Victory is Daniel Tighe's first major live win

  • Top Irish stars Mark Reilly and Chris Dowling finish seventh and eighth

  • €250,000 prize pool anticipated for the Mega Poker Series running September 8-12

Daniel Tighe won his first major live poker title this weekend when he emerged victorious in the MPN Poker Tour Dublin (The Irish Poker Cup) collecting a career-best €53,845 in the process.

2015 MPN Poker Tour Final Table Results

1Daniel Tighe€53,845
2Brendan Birt€32,780
3Phil Baker€22,780
4Val Zan€17,720
5Toni Ojala€13,875
6Garry McGinty€10,485
7Mark Reilly€8,130
8Chris Dowling€5,745
9Artan Dedusha€4,565

Tighe went into the final day’s play armed with 1,423,000 chips, enough to see him start fourth from 14. We commented in our recap of the penultimate day’s action that Tighe would be keen to finish at the higher end of the payouts due to the fact he would be missing the Sunday online grind where the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) kicked off. He did just that.

Michael Conaty, Brian English, Julie Whitworth, Gedimas Bartkus and Tommy O’Rourke, were the first players to see their Main Event dreams end, the latter’s exit confirming the nine-handed final table.

2015 MPN Poker Tour Final Table

1Mark Reilly810,000
2Toni Ojala1,660,000
3Daniel Tighe2,280,000
4Chris Dowling1,600,000
5Garry McGinty1,800,000
6Philip Baker1,200,000
7Val Zan2,250,000
8Brendan Birt2,500,000
9Artan Dedusha120,000

Start of the day chip leader, Artan Dedusha, was the first casualty of the final table, losing out to Tighe before a short stacked Chris Dowling pushed all-in with {10-Spades}{8-Clubs} and was called by Tighe and his {Q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}. Tighe flopped a queen and that was that for Dowling.

Mark Reilly fell in seventh place before Tighe’s {9-}{9-} held against the {K-}{J-} of Garry McGinty to leave the tournament with only five players.

Toni Ojala fell in fifth place before Phil Baker sent Val Zan to the rail when a brief raising war on the {6-Diamonds}{A-Spades}{4-Clubs} flop resulted in Zan being all-in with {A-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} against Baker’s {a-Clubs}{2-Clubs}. Two clubs on the {9-Clubs} turn and {3-Clubs} river gifted Baker a flush and resigned Zan to a fourth place finish.

Three handed play lasted the best part of three hours and ended with the exit of Baker in a relative cooler spot. Baker was all-in with {9-}{9-} versus the {A-}{A-} and couldn’t find his two outs, leaving Tighe to go into a heads-up battle with Brendan Birt holding a 9,275,000 to 4,975,000 chip lead.

No deal was discussed between the two finalists despite there being a €21,000 difference between first and second place. It turned out to be the correct decision for Tighe because when he shoved with {K-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} on the {5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} board he was looked up by Birt and his {J-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and when the {Q-Clubs} was followed into play by the flush-completing {Q-Diamonds}, it was game over for Birt and Tighe became a poker champion.

Next up for the Irish Poker Invasion is the Mega Poker Series Main Event, a €720 + €80 buy-in tournament that features two starting flights and an estimated €250,000 prize pool that should be blown out of the water.

Lead image courtesy of the MPN Poker Tour blog

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