Dermot Allen became a poker champion on his home soil after he won the 2015 Redbet LIVE Dublin Main Event on Monday night, defeating Ukraine's Konstantin Kostyakov heads-up to claim the winner's trophy and €15,570 in cash.
Redbet LIVE Dublin Main Event Final Table Results
Allen went into the eight-handed final table with the second shortest stack, while his eventual heads-up opponent was, in stark contrast, the runaway chip leader. However, Allen began the rebuilding process early on by claiming the scalp of Switzerland's Theo Steimer. Thirty-minutes later, Radoslaw Wesierski fell by the wayside when his three-bet shove with was called by the initial raiser, Kostyakov, who held the dominating . No help arrive on the board for Wesierski, and the table became six-handed.
Allen then went on a huge heater that saw him soar to the top of the chip counts. He flopped an ace with his versus the of Damien Porebski to score a full double, then backed into a flush with the on an board to climb to a colossal 4 million in chips.
The Irishman, railed by the home crowd, improved his position even more when his pocket fours held in an all-in pot against Fernandez's .
Everyone received a pay jump when the dangerous Bulgarian, Daniel Chutrov, got his chips in bad against Kostyakov. Chutrov's couldn't find its outs in a battle with when the latter spiked an ace on the flop. Suddenly, Allen had gone from starting in seventh place to being guaranteed at least €6,685 for his €350 investment.
That prize money increased to five-figures when Allen raised to 250,000 with on the button and then called when Michal Falar raised all in for 1 million with . The flop propelled Allen into the lead and left Falar needing to catch one of his two outs. They failed to arrive on the turn or the river to leave Allen to go into battle with Kostyakov holding a significant chip lead of 8.4 million to 1.9 million.
The final hand saw Allen limp from the button with the and Kostyakov check his option with the . A few seconds later, the dealer spread the flop, a flush for Allen. Both players checked and the dealer placed the onto the turn, sparking fireworks between the two players.
Kostyakov led for 200,000 and Allen raised enough to set his opponent all in. Kostyakov sensed he was beat, let out a few choice expletives and called off his stack. The river ended things and Kostyakov was out, meaning the Redbet LIVE Dublin Main Event had its champion in Ireland's Dermot Allen.
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