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Sam Razavi Wins UK & Ireland Poker Tour Cork

Razavi Keeps Going Until Trophy Is In His Hands

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Photographs Credit: Neil StoddartSam Razavi led the remaining 11 players on the final day of the UKIPT Cork and only slipped behind once, when heads up, in his chase for the trophy and the €71,000 top prize. The pro bested 601 others to put the UK in front of 28 countries in total.

An unfortunate hand occurred just before heads-up play. With a 5 million pot on the line, and German student Martin Mulsow slightly covering Irishman David O’Connor, Mulsow tabled pocket aces while O’Connor revealed ADiamond Suit KDiamond Suit. The board fell a safe JSpade Suit 9Heart Suit 6Club Suit for the German and with the KHeart Suit on the turn, he had to dodge two outs. One of them came on the river, the KSpade Suit crippling the German and putting O’Connor forward for the heads-up spot versus Razavi.

O’Connor finished Mulsow off soon after when the German moved all in with a dominated ace. O’Connor made it to the heads up out in front versus his British, leprechaun-hat wearing nemesis. Razavi soon changed that around however and a classic battle then catapulted him way out in the lead with JHeart Suit 9Heart Suit versus O’Connor’s 10Club Suit 8Club Suit on a 9Club Suit 5Heart Suit 2Club Suit JSpade Suit board. The river was no use to O’Connor as it fell the KSpade Suit. The ultimate hand was not far off and came with Razavi holding ADiamond Suit 7Club Suit versus O’Connor’s KClub Suit 6Club Suit.

O’Connor left with €41,200 for a fantastic runner-up finish in his first live event. Razavi walked away with the trophy, the title, and €71,000. He said, "It was a really tough table. I was glad a couple of people got badly coolered as they were causing me real problems!”

Here are the final-table results and payouts:

1. Sam Razavi €71,000
2. David O’Connor €41,200
3. Martin Mulsow €25,200
4. Jamie Flynn €18,500
5. Allen McCauley €14,800
6. Adam Jaguscik €11,300
7. Chris Dowling €8,900
8. Peter Burnett €6,900

The UKIPT Cork main event final table and some other footage from the tournament will be broadcasted on Channel 4 during the summer.