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Fintan Gavin Wins the 2015 Mega Poker Series Dublin Main Event

Fintan Gavin: 2015 Mega Poker Series Main Event champion


  • Fintan Gavin is sixth on the Irish all-time money listings

  • The talented David Lappin falls in fourth place

  • Star-of-day chip leader, David O'Kelly, sees his run end in a fifth place finish.

Fintan Gavin is one of the most-decorated players in Irish poker history. Sixth in the all-time money listings having finished second in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona Main Event in 2008, won a UKIPT title in 2011 and dozens of more events in his native Ireland, Gavin can boast of being a Mega Poker Series (MPS) champion after he topped a field of 70 in the William Hill sponsored 2015 Dublin Main Event on Friday night.

2015 Mega Poker Series Dublin Main Event Final Table Results

1Fintan Gavin€15,600
2Andrew Leathem€10,700
3Paul Turek€6,300
4David Lappin€4,600
5David O’Kelly€3,500
6Francisco Hernandez€2,800
7Aidan O’Reilly€2,200
8Nabil Cardoso€1,685
9Diego Benitez€1,000

Diego Benitez was the first player to bust at the final table, pushing everyone else up the payout ladder by one spot. Benitez pushed all-in for around 12 big blinds with {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and was snapped off by David Lappin in the big blind holding the {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}. A final board reading {Q-Spades}{4-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} saw Bentiez bow out in ninth place.

Lappin then sent another Spaniard to the sidelines, namely Nabil Cardoso who committed the last of his chips with {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts} only to find Lappin laying in waiting with the dominating {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}. Both players paired their king on the {6-Spades}{K-Clubs}{9-Clubs} flop, but when neither the {3-Spades} or {A-Clubs} on the turn or river came to Cardoso’s rescue, the final table was left with seven players.

Those seven became six with the elimination of Aidan O’Reilly. Everyone folded to O’Reilly on the button, he looked down at {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} and pushed all-in for 525,000 chips at the 20,000/40,000/5,000a level. It’s a move deemed as standard, while Gavin’s call from the small blind with {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades} was almost mandatory. O’Reilly did manage to pair one of his hole cards on the turn of the {4-Spades}{7-Clubs}{3-Spades}{10-Spades}{Q-Hearts} board, although Gavin’s hand remained true and O’Reilly bust.

The last of the three Spanish nationals, Francisco Hernandez, was the next to fall, again at the hands of the now seemingly unstoppable Gavin. A min-raise by Gavin to 80,000 was three-bet all-in for 650,000 by Hernandez in the big blind, a shove that Gavin called. Hernandez’s {6-Spades}{6-Hearts} was in bad shape against the {8-Spades}{8-Hearts} of the Irishman and it looked as if some help had arrived as the door card was the {6-Diamonds}. However, the second card on the flop was the {8-Diamonds}, which was followed into play by the {2-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} to send Hernandez to the sidelines.

David O’Kelly, the start-of-day chip leader, went into the dinner break with only 110,000 chips and with blinds increasing to 25,000/50,000/5,000a his situation was desperate. The first hand back from the break, O’Kelly moved all-in with what turned out to be {A-Diamonds}{5-Spades} and Lappin called from the big blind without so much as looking at his hole cards. When Lappin did reveal his holding it was the powerhouse that is {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}. A few seconds later, the {7-Spades}{q-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{10-Hearts} board was spread on the felt and O’Kelly’s run came to an end.

Then came a hand that all but locked up the tournament for Gavin. Lappin was all-in and at risk with {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and Gavin called with {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} to create a two million chip pot that would be won via a coinflip. Gavin took the lead on the {2-Spades}{3-Hearts}{K-Spades} flop and stay there on the {5-Diamonds} turn and the {10-Diamonds} river, resigning Lappin to a fourth place finish. At this stage Gavin held 4.5 million of the 5.6 million chips in play and the writing was on the wall for his last two remaining opponents.

Paul Turek was the third place finisher after losing out to Scotland’s Andrew Leathem. The latter moved all-in from the small blind and Turek called off his 310,000 stack, one around five big blinds, with {A-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}. Turek was ahead of Leathem’s {K-Spades}{2-Hearts}, but only until the turn of the {5-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} board. Game over for the online qualifier.

The final hand of the MPS Dublin Main Event took place during the 25th level of play. Gavin min-raised to 160,000 and then instantly called when Leathem three-bet all-in for his last seven big blinds. Leathem flipped over {8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and Gavin the {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}. Gavin caught a set on the {Q-Spades}{9-Spades}{5-Clubs} flop to sail into a huge lead as Leathem could now only catch a seven to stay in the tournament. The seven never arrived as the {4-Spades} peeled on the river and the {2-Spades} appeared on the turn, busting Leathem from the Main Event and leaving Gavin to add yet another impressive victory to his poker CV.

Lead image courtesy of Christian Zetzsche of the Mega Poker Series

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