Trevor Dineen Wins 2013 Irish Poker ChampionshipAugust 8, 2013 2:00 pm
Trevor Dineen has won the 2013 Irish Poker Championship, after besting a field of 52 players over three days on his way to capturing the title, and collecting the €39,450 ($52,710) first place prize. The Irishman now boasts $196,726 in live tournament winnings and following his remarkable victory in Ireland, commented:
“I don’t even know what to think, really. This is a big one to win. Especially with a tough field like the one I played against.”
The €2,500 Irish Poker Championship attracted a small but talented field to the Poker Village in Galway to create a prize pool worth €116K. Amongst those notable players competing but falling short of the 7 paid places was Jake Cody, Paul Weekes, Jay O’Toole, Elior Sion and Christopher Day.
By the time the final table of seven had been set, a few top pros still remained in the guise of the 2013 EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final champion Steve O’Dwyer and the 2010 UKIPT Dublin champion Max Silver, who were leading the way with over 500k in chips each. In the meantime, Trevor Dineen managed to reach the final table on a short-stack of just 35,100.
Nevertheless, Dineen was then able to progress all the way to the heads-up phase of the tournament, albeit at a 2 to 1 disadvantage against Steve O´Dwyer. A little later, however, Dineen successfully reversed positions before the final hand eventually came with Dineen shoving with A-Q only to be called by his opponent holding pocket tens. The board subsequently rolled out 8-6-J-Q-J to hand Dineen the crown, after which he commented:
“I played in Prague last December and I would love to play another EPT again. I want to try try getting a couple of more results now. Let’s see how it goes. I work for a living, I don’t play poker. And I don’t think this will change so soon.”
The final table payouts were as follows:
1. Trevor Dineen – Ireland – €39,450
2. Steve O’Dwyer – Ireland – €27,840
3. Marc MacDonnell – Ireland – €18,560
4. Ian Gascoigne – UK – €11,600
5. Thomas Hall – UK – €8,120
6. Max Silver – UK – €5,800
7. Peter Murphy – Ireland – €4,642