McSweeney Wins Irish Poker Festival Main Event

McSweeney Wins Irish Poker Festival Main Event

Thursday, 9 October 2008

The €500 + €50 buy-in main event at the Irish Poker Festival, held between 2nd - 5th October in Killarney, Ireland, has been won by Jimmy McSweeney, who took home €100,000 for his victory.

The main event proved so popular the capacity was raised from 625 to 750 in the week leading up to the tournament but organisers managed ultimately to accommodate 832 players - a record for a European ranking event. This created a prize pool of €416,000 which smashed the guarantee of €250,000.

Bryan Coleman, Irish Territory Manager at said, “We’re absolutely delighted with the turnout and would like to thank all the players who made this festival such a success. Our heartiest congratulations go to Jimmy who is a worthy champion and we’re sure we’ll be hearing more of him in the future.”

The 832 players, including Ladbrokes pro Roy “The Boy” Brindley, and pot-limit Omaha world champion Marty Smyth, played down to a final table of eight over three gruelling days. The top 83 got paid, with the winner picking up €100,000.

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