Laurence O’Kane Takes Down the Grand Prix Irish Open For €43,550
14 March 2018
PokerBrave (3368 articles)

Laurence O’Kane almost won the PokerStars Megastack Ulster Main Event in January but fell in fourth-place and had to make do with the €6,680 prize on offer. O’Kane got over the finishing line this weekend when he outlasted 1,711 opponents in the partypoker LIVE Grand Prix Irish Open Main Event to secure a career-best €43,550.

partypoker LIVE Grand Prix Irish Open Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Laurence O’Kane €43,550*
2 Michael Graydon €30,500*
3 Martin Burke €30,500*
4 Robert Finlay €30,500*
5 Kevin O’Malley €12,000
6 Christopher Canning €10,000
7 Mantas Misevicius €8,000
8 Shaun Hegarty €6,500

Some 361 players were paid in the tournament and among those who returned home with some prize money to show for their efforts were Cathal Shine, former Irish Open winner Patrick Clarke, Stephen Woodhead, Unibet Poker’s David Lappin, Ben Vinson, Mick McCloskey, Dara O’Kearney, partypoker Team Online’s Louise Butler, partypoker ambassador Padraig Parkinson, and Max Silver.

Everyone was guaranteed €6,500 by the time the eight-handed final table was reached and this is the sum collected by Shaun Hegarty who flopped top two pair with king-ten against but lost to Martin Burke’s straight.

Lithuainia’s Mantas Misevicius was the next player to bust, his queen-jack of dimaonds running into the pair of queens in the hand of Burke. Misevicius flopped a flush draw, yet the queens held and the player account was reduced by one.

The final six became five when Christopher Canning was sent to the rail when his shove with ace-three was called by O’Kane in the small blind who held king-ten. An ace on the turn improved O’Kane to a straight and gave Canning an expensive second-best hand. A three on the river was a case of too little too late and only served to rub salt into Canning’s wounds.

Fifth-place went to Kevin O’Malley who three-bet all-in over a Burke opening raise with what turned out to be ace-queen. Burke held a pair of red kings and made the call. A pair of ten on the flop changed nothing, although the king of clubs on the turn gifted Burke a full house. The river bricked and O’Malley was gone.

Final Four Agree to a Chop

After playing four-handed for a short while, the remaining quartet of players decided to strike a deal that locked up €30,500 each and leaving an additional €13,050 for the champion.

That champion was not Robert Finlay who committed his stack with queen-eight and was looked up by O’Kane with the dominating ace-eight. Both players caught an eight on the flop, Finlay couldn’t find a queen on the turn or river and he headed to the sidelines.

Third-place went to long-time chip leader Burke. Graydon moved all-in from the small blind with ace-three and Burke called off his remaining chips with a pair of sevens. Those sevens were best right up until the river when the ace of spades made an appearance. Game over for Burke.

Graydon went into the heads-up battle with O’Kane with a narrow 84 million to 79 million chip advantage. He soon extended this to 120 million to 44 million, before O’Kane pulled himself back into contention.

The final hand saw Graydon, who had frequently been moving all-in, push again with ten-nine and O’Kane made a stand with the queen-six. A six on the flop was enough to send Graydon to the cashier’s cage to collect second-place money and left O’Kane to bank €43,550 and the winner’s trophy.

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