Niall McAree is €25,000 richer than he was only a few days ago thanks to becoming the 2017 Grand Prix Cork champion at the Macau Sporting Club in Cork, Ireland, topping a field of 426 players.
Grand Prix Cork Official Final Table Results
The 426 entrants created a guarantee busting €127,800 prize pool, a fantastic result considering dozens of flights to Ireland were cancelled over the weekend with Storm Doris battering our shores. A huge thank you to everyone who braved the atrocious weather and made Grand Prix Cork a roaring success!
Forty-seven of the mammoth-sized crowd received prize money for their substantial efforts, so spare a thought for Jerome Skehan who fell in 48th place to burst the money bubble. Although disappointed to not cash, partypoker gave the bubble boy a ticket to the $325,000 guaranteed Title Fight worth $215 as a consolation prize.
Our VIP manager Charlie Godwin fell in 42nd place for €730 while our very own Natalia Breviglieri also made it into the money place, eventually busting out in 35th place for €820. Great work, ladies!
Once the money bubble popped, the field was whittled down towards the nine-handed final table where the minimum prize on offer stood at €2,555.
Grand Prix Cork Final Table
The very first hand of the final table saw Liam Chevalier bust. With blinds at 25,000/50,000/10,000a, Leo Nash opened to 80,000 and the called when Chevalier moved all in for 880,000. Chevalier showed and Nash the . Nash’s kings held and the tournament was down to eight players.
Eight became seven with the elimination of Nole Mannion whose pocket threes couldn’t beat the sevens of David Connolly, then the black threes of Stephen O’Hara lost to the ace-queen of McAree.
O’Hara’s seat hadn’t even gone cold before Connolly’s lost to the of Thomas Fitzgerald when the board ran . Connolly’s exit left five players in the hunt for the €25,000 first place prize.
Fifth place and €7,565 went Kalle Kampus who lost a huge percentage of his stack when his lost to of Fitzgerald despite flopped a straight, then lost the rest of his stack with against the dominated of McAree when the latter spiked a five on the river.
Nash’s excellent run ended with a fourth place finish after he fell at the hands of Fitzgerald thanks to a four-flushed board before Fitzgerald exited in third place, scooped €11,790 and sent Grand Prix Cork into the heads-up stage.
McAree went into the one-on-one battle with Dwyer Monaghan holding a 7,150,000 to 3,500,000 chip lead but Monaghan clawed his way back into contention, even claiming the chip lead for himself at one point, by winning some of the early exchanges.
The final hand of Grand Prix Cork saw Monaghan moved all in for 2,300,000 with and McAree called with . The flop left Monaghan drawing to one of the three remaining queens, but they failed to appear on the turn or the river, resigning Monaghan to the €15,800 runner-up prize and gifting McAree €25,000.
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