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
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.