Dave Shallow Wins World Poker Tour Ireland
Shallow Digs Deep To Win Inaugural WPT Ireland
British player Dave Shallow has taken down the inaugural World Poker Tour Ireland for a payday of €222,280. Shallow topped a field of 338 in the €2,500 main event held at the Citwest Hotel in Dublin from Jan. 5-8.
Having always been after a WPT title, the hop across the pond proved to be enough for the Brit to achieve his dream. It looked like the top rung of the $988,878 prize pool was meant for Shallow as he closed in on the title – he started the final day with over 6 million in chips, nearly two million more than the rest of the field combined. However things didn’t totally go as planned as he doubled up two of his final opponents straight away at the final table.
Shallow fought back and made it to the heads-up battle which revolved around two key hands. The first saw Charles Chattha double up when Shallow five-bet shoved with K 3. Chattha held Q Q and the chip lead was his for the first time.
Shallow then won a few consecutive pots to take back the lead but not by much, and the final hand came in one of the WPT’s quickest final tables in history. Shallow’s pocket queens beat Chattha’s pocket nines for the €222,280 top prize, which includes a $25,500 seat into the WPT World Championship. Shallow’s name will now be engraved on the WPT Champions Cup, and he will take home a WPT Champions trophy of his own. Chattha receives $144,502 for a fantastic runner-up finish.
The WPT final table began with just five players instead of six for only the third time in WPT history.
1. David Shallow $289,031 (720 Card Player POY Points)
2. Charles Chattha $144,502 (600 POY Points)
3. Ronan Gilligan $96,339 (480 POY Points)
4. Patrik Vestlin $68,396 (360 POY Points)
5. Steve Watts $51,063 (300 POY Points)
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