Colin Gillon wins €175k Irish Poker Masters

Scotland’s Colin Gillon has secured the largest live poker tournament winnings of his career as the last man standing in the 2018 Party Poker Live Irish Poker Masters Main Event.

In a field of 857 entrants, each paying €1,150 entry fee, a sizeable €121,575 overlay was left on the €1 million guaranteed prize pool.

The full Irish Poker Masters Final Table is as follows:

Irish Poker Master Final Table Results

Player Prize
1 Colin Gillon €175,000
2 John McGill €115,000
3 Shaun Hegarty €75,000
4 Michael Plichta €51,000
5 Dermot Blain €36,000
6 George Stoddart €25,000
7 Michael Cooney €18,000
8 Lukas Soucek €13,000
9 Marc Sloan €10,000


Several well-known and established players entered the live Party Poker event with several finishing in the money places, including Bob Tait (84th for €3,500), tournament director extraordinaire JP McCann (82nd for €4,000), David Docherty (71st for €4,000), Paul McTaggart (56th for €4,500), Wilhelmine Connolly (41st for €5,000) and John O’Shea (38th for €5,000).

The nine players who reached the final table were guaranteed a five-figure payout. Marc Sloan dropped into ninth to bank €10,000, the largest live cash of his career to date, while Czech player Lukas Soucek finished in eighth place to add €13,000 to his pocket.

Michael Cooney was the next player to fall, followed by George Stoddart and Dermot Blain, who banked €36,000 – his largest live poker tournament cash since winning the €5,300 EPT Grand Final 8-Handed event for €200,900 in April 2014.

Michael Plichta and Shaun Hegarty were the next players to be eliminated, the latter’s exit sending the tournament into the heads-up stage.

John McGill, whose previous best result was a €675 haul for finishing fifth in the 2009 Mini WSOP in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, eventually lost the one-on-one battle with the vastly more experienced Gillon, collecting a massive €115,000 score.

However, Colin Gillon proved to be the man of the hour, netting himself €175,000 that almost doubles his entire earnings in the live poker arena.

Earlier this year Gillon won the 2nd GPS title of his career in Birmingham, England, cashing a cool £26,150.