John O'Shea Wins IPO Galway

John O'Shea Wins IPO Galway

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

There was a home win in the opening International Poker Open (IPO) event of 2014 with John O'Shea taking the honours in Galway.

The Boyle Poker sponsored pro battled his way through a 606 runner field at the city's Radisson Blu Hotel and pocketed €21,780 for his efforts.

O'Shea started the final table with almost half the chips in play and hardly put a foot wrong en route to heads up play with fellow Irishman Geoff Healy. With a big chip lead at the start of two-handed action it seemed as if it would just be a matter of time before O'Shea claimed the title.

A couple of early double ups for Healy soon scuppered that though and with the stacks about even the pair agreed a chop that would see both walk away with €17,820 with almost €4,000 on top for the winner.

It didn't take long for O'Shea to finish things off, turning a set with pocket tens to crush Healy's pocket fours.

The final table positions and payouts were as follows:

1st John O'Shea €21,780
2nd Geoff Healy €17,820
3rd Damien Feeney €9,250
4th Petras Stulpinas €6,500
5th Patrick Humphreys €5,000
6th Brendan Byrne €4,000
7th Paulius Venckauskas €3,250
8th Yutaka Mitsuishi €2,600

The IPO crosses the Irish Sea next month for its second stop in England. Aspers Casino is Stratford is the venue for the €280 buy-in event which runs from 10-14 April. Online qualifiers are up and running now at Boyle Poker.

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