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Zisimopoulos Takes Down the Irish Poker Masters KO Main Event

Georgios Zisimopoulos

The Irish Poker Masters KO series concluded at partypoker on November 23 with the Main Event crowning its champion. Georgios Zisimopoulos is that champion after he outlasted 943 opponents in the €1,100 buy-in €1 million guaranteed PKO tournament.

Irish Poker Masters KO Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryBountiesPrizeTotal prize
1Georgios ZisimopoulosMalta€63,199€65,700€128,899
2Joel HolmbergFinland€20,125€65,599€85,724
3Maxim IvanovRussia€9,160€43,458€52,618
4Thomas HueberAustria€9,726€28,170€37,896
5Tamas AdamszkiHungary€7,458€19,216€26,674
6Ivan LehinUkraine€12,321€14,801€27,122
7Pavlo KolinkovskyiUkraine€11,921€10,877€22,798
8Aleksejs MelessEstonia€6,515€8,638€15,153
9Glib TremzinRussia€3,250€6,830€10,080

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Nobody at the final table walked away with less than €10,000 thanks, in part, to the bounty element of this tournament. Russian pro Glib Tremzin was the first of the nine finalists to bust, making an ill-time check-raise all-in on an ace-high flop with ace-nine, only for the preflop aggressor Maxim Ivanov to snap him off with the dominating ace-king.

A standard hand soon after Tremzin's exit reduced the player count by one. Aleksejs Meless of Estonia open-shoved for eight big blinds with ace-jack but failed to get there against the ace-king of Thomas Hueber.

Start-of-Day Chip Leader Out in Seventh

Pavlo Kolinkovskyi was the chip leader when the final table shuffled up and dealt, but was could only muster a seventh-place finish. Kolinkovskyi moved all-in when first to act in the small blind with suited ace-nine. Fellow Ukrainian Ivan Lehin called the 15.5 big blind shove with ace-five; the five was in hearts. Four of the five communities came down in hearts, and Kolinkovskyi bowed out.

Lehin could not put his fellow countryman's chips to good use and exited in sixth-place soon after. Lehin made a move for his last 12 big blinds with queen-jack, Joel Holmberg called all-in on the button with king-queen of hearts, before Tamas Adamszki called with ace-king of spades. Adamszki looked to have busted two players when a king landed on the turn, but a queen on the river saw Holmberg triple up, and Lehin fall by the wayside.

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Hueber Fails To Melt Snowmen

Hueber was another players who saw the river end his tournament life. Ivanov pushed all-in for a shade under 20 big blinds with pocket eights, and Hueber called for less with pocket jacks. The jacks remained good until an eight appeared on the river, improving Ivanov to a set of snowmen, and resigning Hueber to a fourth place finish.

Third place went to Ivanov after he limp-shoved in the small blind after Zisimopoulos raised preflop. Zisimopoulos called the jam with ace-ten of spades, which remained ahead of his opponent's ace-eight.

That hand saw the ball placed firmly in Zisimopoulos' court because his 122,144,590 stack dwarfed the 26,955,410 of Holmberg. The latter saw their stack whittled further until they jammed al-in for 4.5 big blinds with queen-five. Zisimopoulos called with ten-deuce, flopped a deuce, and became the Irish Poker Masters KO Main Event champion.

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