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Andy Black Wins Big at the Irish Poker Festival

Andy Black

D4 Events has called the Bonnington Hotel home for the past week where it’s been running the Irish Poker Series. Some of Ireland’s elite players turned out in force to support the festival, including the legendary figure of Andy Black who managed to pad his bankroll with an €18,150 score.

ACOP Main Event Final Table Results

1Andy Black€18,150*
2Sean Foley€15,585*
3Igor Matias€15,235*
4Kurt Suarez€8,280
5Charlie Porter€6,490
6Andrew Doona€5,100
7Ciaran Burke€3,810
8Eoin O’Shea€2,640
9Konstantin Teresko€2,080

*reflects a three-handed deal

The first event on the schedule was the €230 buy-in Amateur Championship Of Poker (ACOP). It attracted 616 players who created a €123,200 prize pool that was shared among the top 79 finishers.

You may be wondering what a seasoned professional such as Black was doing playing in an amateur event, but the tournament was open to everyone. Black sniffed out the value and joined the party.

Black’s decision to flick in the €230 proved to be a moment of genius because he first navigated his way to the final table before securing all the chips in play.

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Konstantin Teresko was the first casualty of the nine-handed final table. The €2,080 Terenko won is the first recorded live cash on his Hendon Mob page.

Teresko gained some company on the rail when Eoin O’Shea and Ciaran Burke busted out. Burke now has more than $200,000 in live poker tournament cashes thanks to the €3,810 he picked up here.

Andrew Doona, Charlie Porter, and Kurt Suarez all fell by the wayside, the latter scooping €8,280 for his €230 investment, the largest prize of his career to date. Suarez’ exit left three players in contention to become the tournament’s champion and that trio paused the tournament clock to strike a deal.

Those discussions proved fruitful and the remaining players guaranteed themselves more than €15,000.

Igor Matias fell in third and banked €15,235, which left Black and Sean Foley to lock horns heads-up for the title and the winner’s trophy. Black used his vastly superior experience, plus his trademark run good, to good use and he despatched of Foley in second-place.

Foley walked away with €15,585. This is Foley’s largest live score, surpassing the €14,170 he collected for a fourth-place finish in the €300 IPO Dublin Main Event last October.

This victory for Black, the 14th recorded on his Hendon Mob profile, was worth €18,150 which takes his total live winnings ever closer to the magic $5 million mark.

Richard O’Neill Takes Down European Deepstack Main Event

Richard O'Neill

The €570 European Deepstack Main Event had a popular champion when Richard O’Neill outlasted 415 opponents to get his hands on €32,450 after a four-handed deal. The result was €100 short of equalling O’Neill’s largest live poker tournament prize.

Forty-seven players saw a return on their investment, including Ivan Tononi, Ronan Sweeney, Irish legend Wilhelmine Connolly, and German World Series of Poker bracelet winner Ismael Bojang. Bojang fell in 13th place for a €3,050 score.

The United Kingdom’s Masud Prodham busted from the final table in ninth-place. Barry Dovovan, Frederik Cuyt and Iceland’s Oskar Jonsson joined Prodhan on the rail.

Each of the final five were now guaranteed at least a five-figure prize.

India’s Ankit Ahuja ran out of steam and had to make do with the €12,200 fifth-place prize. His exit resulted in the final four players striking a deal for the remaining prize pool.

This deal meant Mark Flanagan and Mark O’Hare collected €20,070 and €20,570 respectively. Patrick Eagers busted in second-place for €27,170 and Richard O’Neill was the last man standing, a result now worth €32,450.

European Deepstack Final Table Results

1Richard O’Neill€32,450*
2Patrick Eagers€27,170*
3Mark O’Hare€20,570*
4Mark Flanagan€20,070*
5Ankit Ahuja€12,200*
6Oskar Jonsson€9,310
7Ferderik Cuyt€6,840
8Barry Donovan€5,030
9Masud Prodhan€4,120

*reflects a four-handed deal

Unibet Open Dublin Is Right Around The Corner

There’s not long to wait until the Unibet Open Dublin tournament shuffles up and deals. Day 1A, the first of three starting flights, kicks off on February 27th. Each Day 1 costs €1,100 to enter, unless you win a seat online at Unibet Poker, and sees everyone sit down with 30,000 chips and play for a slice of a €250,000 guaranteed prize pool.

  • Andy Black won the ACOP event at the Irish Poker Series and banked more than €18,000.

  • Richard O'Neill crowned European Deepstack Main Event champion, an accolade that came with €32,450.

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