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Pierre Calamusa Wins the 2015 WPO Dublin Main Event

Pierre Calamusa
  • Eoin Malone fell in eighth place, the deepest run of any Irish player

  • Pierre Calamusa secures the second-largest score of his career

He went into the final day’s play with double the amount of chips of any of his 24 opponents and it is safe to say that he made the most of that advantage because in the early hours of Monday morning, Pierre Calamusa was crowned the 2015 Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event champion, an accolade that came with a €70,000 prize.

2015 Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event Final Table Results

1Pierre Calamusa€70,000
2Louis Le Brouhis€50,000
3Guillaume Diaz€36,000
4Louis Linard€27,800
5Jean-Francois Combe€21,372
6Jerome L’Hostis€16,500

The final day’s action began with 25 players in contention for the title and while Calamusa was the runaway chip leader, the majority of the eyes around the room of the Regency Hotel were fixated on Davidi Kitai, the highly decorated Belgian Team Winamax Pro.

Kitai’s run came to an end in 19th place when he check-raised all-in with {10-Hearts}{4-Hearts} on a {K-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{J-Hearts} flop and was called by the last remaining Irish player, Eoin Malone. Malone held the {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} for two pair and when the {8-Diamonds} turn was followed into play by the {5-Clubs} river, Kitai was left with a handful of chips and bust during the very next hand.

One by one the players crashed out, but Malone was still there, flying the flag for Ireland and giving hope that the winner’s trophy would remain in the Emerald Isle. It wasn’t meant to be, however, as Malone’s superb run ended with an eighth place finish worth €13,000.

Malone came unstuck when he committed his 17.5 big blind stack from the button with {10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and Guillaume Diaz looked him up from the small blind with {10-}{10-}. A final board reading {5-Clubs}{6-Spades}{j-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{a-Spades} failed to come to Malone’s rescue and the tournament became an all-French affair.

The final table was set in stone when Jeremy Guilbault’s {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} lost to Diaz’s {A-Spades}{J-Clubs} when the latter spiked a jack on the river.

2015 Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event Final Table

1Pierre Calamusa2,955,000
2Louis Le Bourhis5,030,000
3Guillaume Diaz4,930,000
4Louis Linard1,370,000
5Jerome L’Hostis1,550,000
6Jean-Francois Combe3,330,000

Final tables of major live main events can often run for several hours, but not this one because from the start to Calamusa being crowed champion only 153 minutes passed by.

First to fall was Jerome L’Hostis who got his chips in with {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and ran into the dominating {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} of Louis Le Bourhis. Neither player improved on the {4-Hearts}{2-Spades}{8-Spades}{2-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, Le Bourhis’ jack-kicker players and L’Hostis became the sixth place finisher.

Jean-Francois Combe was the next player to bust, again at the hands of Le Bourhis. Combe raised to 200,000 and called when Le Bourhis three-bet to 450,000. Both players checked the {J-Spades}{10-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop and the dealer placed the {Q-Hearts} on the turn. Combe led for 375,000 and called when Le Bourhis raised to 800,000. The {3-Hearts} completed the board and Combe jammed for two millions chips and was instantly called due to Le Bourhis holding {9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} for a straight, a much stronger hand that the {j-}{j-} had flopped a set.

Fourth place went to Louis Linard when his {A-}{10-} couldn’t get there versus Le Bourhis’ {A-}{Q-} when the five community cards fell {5-Hearts}{6-}{2-Hearts}{5-Spades}{9-Diamonds}.

The dangerous Guillaume Diaz then suffered a major bad beat at the hands of his fellow Winamax Team Pro, Calamusa. A preflop raising war saw Calamusa five-bet all-in with {6-}{6-} and Diaz make the call with {Q-}{Q-}. Calamusa went on to spike a set of sixes to send Diaz to the sidelines and leave Calamusa with a massive chip lead.

Four hands into the heads-up battle and the tournament was over. All the chips went into the middle of a {4-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{k-Clubs} board, Le Bourhis holding {Q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} for a pair or eights and Calamusa the monster that was {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}. The {10-Spades} river bust Le Bourhis and left Calamusa to be announced as the 2015 Winamax Poker Open champion.

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