David Shallow Wins 2012 World Poker Tour Ireland
On Sunday, the inaugural World Poker Tour Ireland concluded as the final table of five played down to a winner. WPT final tables are usually played six handed, but thanks to a double elimination on the bubble, action resumed Sunday with five. David Shallow, who was responsible for the double elimination on Saturday, entered play as the overwhelming chip leader. He put his stack to good use and ultimately conquered the 338-player field to capture the title and $289,031 first-place prize.
Given Shallow’s chip lead, which was about 6-1 over his closest competition, the action was wanton. According to the WPT Live Reporting Team, the first elimination came when Ronan Gilligan raised on the button only to have Steve Watts move all-in for a little over 1.1 million. Gilligan made the call and it was off to the races.
Watts was ahead with tens, but didn’t want to see another one after the flop, because it would give Gilligan a straight. The turn was of no consequence, but the river put a dagger through Watts’ heart and sent him packing in fifth place for $40,465.
Not long after, Patrik Vestlin raised from the cutoff and found a caller in the form of Gilligan in the big blind. The latter checked the flop, opening the door for Vestlin to put out a bet. From there, Gilligan check-raised to 450,000, Vestlin moved all-in for 1.75 million, and Gilligan made the call.
Gilligan was ahead with top pair, but needed to sweat the overs and nut-flush draw of his opponent. Unfortunately for Vestlin, the turn and river blanked and he was dispatched in fourth place for $51,063. With that, Gilligan overtook the chip lead with 4.8 million to Shallow’s 4.2 million, while Chaz Chattha sat with 1 million.
Surprisingly, Gilligan was unable to hold on to the chip lead and was the next to go. It happened when Shallow raised from the small blind holding and Gilligan called from the big with . The flop gave Shallow top pair and Gilligan an open-ended straight draw, so it was only natural that there was going to be a big pot. Sure enough, Shallow fired out 215,000, Gilligan raised to 525,000, Shallow moved all-in, and Gilligan made the call. The turn was no help to Gilligan, and neither was the river. He was eliminated in third place for $96,339, while Shallow took a 7,280,000 to 2,860,000 chip lead into heads-up play.
Chattha made a go of it, even taking over the chip lead at one point, but he couldn’t secure the victory. Instead, Shallow battled back, reclaimed the chip lead, and won the final hand. It happened when he raised to 135,000, Chattha three-bet to 380,000, Shallow four-bet to 825,000, and Chattha moved all-in. Shallow made the call and was in a great spot.
The board ran out and Chattha finished as runner up for $144,502; meanwhile, Shallow, who is known as “CrabMaki” online, added his name to the WPT Champion's Cup, won a $25,500 seat to the WPT World Championship, and claimed the $289,031 first-place prize.
World Poker Tour Ireland Results
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