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Thomas Finneran Wins UK & Ireland Poker Tour Cork

€55,000 Top Prize Stays On Home Soil As Irishman Beats Brit Heads Up In 347 Player Event

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Courtesy of Mickey May/PokerStarsThe PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour Cork main event has been won by Thomas Finneran who took down €55,440 in the €700 + €70 buy in event on Ireland’s south coast.

The event attracted 347 entrants, well down on the 601 players who last took part in the Cork main event in May 2011. That tournament was won by Sam Razavi.

The Irishman was second in chips going into the eighthanded final table and when he got heads up with the UK’s Stephen McGrath he also had the inferior chips stack.

However the first hand of their duel saw Finneran turn a straight and take a 2:1 chip lead from which he never looked back.

Just over 30 minutes later it was all over when a shortstacked McGrath went all in with 6Club Suit 5Club Suit and Finneran called with QSpade Suit 8Spade Suit. The board ran out 8Club Suit 4Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit 8Heart Suit QClub Suit and Finneran was crowned champion.

“I’ve played a fair bit of heads-up and worked on my game,” he said after his victory. “It’s important to do that as the difference between first and second is big, so I’ve worked on my game."

The final table payouts were:

1: Thomas Finneran, Ireland, — €55,440

2: Stephen McGrath, UK, — €45,600

3: Pawel Keller, Poland — €24,960

4: Fridjon Thordarson, Iceland — €19,360

5: Deborah Worley-Roberts, United States, — €14,780

6: Alexander Rhys-Davies, United Kingdom, — €10,510

7: Pascal Töngi, Germany, — €7,885

8: Nicholas Newport, Ireland, — €5,910