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The Irish Open 2010: A Sole Survivor’s Tale

by Rob Sherwood |  Published: Jun 01, 2010


Out of all the live events it is possible to win packages to via online satellites, the Paddy Power Poker satellites to the Irish Open must provide the most value. One hundred and thirty players qualified this year, all of whom were then automatically part of the Sole Survivor promotion. The last man standing of the 130 would win a €100,000 package consisting of €75,000 cash and €25,000 in tournament buy-ins to live events over the following 12 months. This year that Sole Survivor was me. I made a steady start on day one of the tournament (in a record-equalling 708-strong field), running my 10,000 starting stack up to 40,000 at the close of play. I remember winning one key race late in the day to knock out a dangerous player, Mikael Johansson — my A-9 offsuit beating his 4-4 on a Q-10-2-Q-10 board. I was happy to get through ...

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