Steven King crowned European Short Handed Champion

Steven King crowned European Short Handed Champion

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

It was hosted in Ireland, dominated by the French and eventually won by an Englishman. Confused? What we're talking about is the European Short Handed Poker Championship which was held at Dublin's Ballsbridge Inn over the weekend, was sponsored by French site Winamax and won by scouser Steven King.

A total of 656 players took part in the €550 buy-in Main Event which for the first time allowed who players left in the dead zone on opening day to re-enter. Steven King was one of the 26% of players to do just that and the young Englishman certainly put his second chance to excellent use.

King created misery for the procession of opponents he sent on the long walk to the rail. After agreeing a deal with heads up opponent, Belgian Michael Gathy, King sealed the title in a blaze of glory, appropriately enough with pocket kings. There was no sense of desperation for the runner up though who pocketed €54,300 for his efforts. King took home €63,000 for the win.

The final table positions and payouts were as follows:

1. Steven King (England) – €63,000 (post-deal)
2. Michael Gathy (Belgium) – €54,300 (post-deal)
3. Paulo Dos Santos Ferreira (Portugal) – €34,190
4. Jonathan Hamard (France) – €24,700
5. Jean-Claude Marets (France) – €17,650
6. Richard Thibault (France) – €11,230

Future short handed events are scheduled for Coventry, Vienna and Luton. For more details visit D4events.

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