Patrick Clarke Wins Winamax Poker Open Dublin High Roller
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After topping a field of 194, Irishman Patrick Clarke has added the Winamax Poker Open Dublin High Roller to his poker resume taking home €40,640.
"I love the Winamax Tour; I come here every year. It's great fun, even if you're not playing."
Clarke's two biggest live cashes have come in Dublin; it's also Clarke's fourth tournament victory here in the Irish capital.
"My two biggest victories have been here," said Clarke after securing victory. "A few big ones. I love Dublin; it's just my home!
"I know a lot of people in the Irish scene, so everyone's here. I love the Winamax Tour; I come here every year. It's great fun, even if you're not playing. There's always something to do!"
Clarke beat Portuguese player Jose Quintas and Philippe Guillou into second and third place respectively, with start-of-day chip leader Matthieu Lamagnere finishing fifth. Aladin Reskallah, the last Winamax Team Pro standing, finished in sixth.
Winamax Poker Open Dublin High Roller Final Table Results
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Winamax Poker Open Dublin High Roller Final Day Recap
Clarke came into the day 28th of 29 players remaining and admitted he was expecting an early exit or a quick spin. But after three double-ups in the first orbit, he said he never really looked back.
"I just waited for the right opportunities," said Clarke who shot into the chip lead as soon as the third level of the day. However, he fell back, and it was Quintas who enjoyed a good spell on the feature table to lead with three tables remaining.
Former champion and Winamax Team Pro Adrien Delmas was eliminated in eighteenth place for €1,610, having rivered a straight only for Philippe Guillou to have flopped a flush.
By two tables, Quintas still sat in the lead, ahead of Belgian Maxim Buyl and Guillou. A series of eliminations for both Guillou and final table chip leader Gabor Szabo saw them take the initiative with seven players remaining.
"My two biggest victories have been here. [...] I love Dublin; it's just my home!"
It didn't take long for short stack Buyl to bust, with the players then heading on dinner break. When they returned, the final Winamax Team Pro Aladin Reskallah was eliminated, with his sixes falling to Clarke's ace-king.
Matthieu Lamagnere exited in fifth before Irishman Clarke sent Szabo to the rail. The latter held pocket tens, but Clarke flopped a set with pocket sixes to make the tournament three-handed.
The Irishman held almost two-thirds of the chips in play three-handed, but two doubles for Guillou, through Jose Quintas and Clarke himself, saw him stay alive. It was Quintas who doubled through Clarke to briefly take the chip lead, but that was as close as anyone came to taking the title away from the Irishman.
He sent Guillou to the rail in third and then saw off Quintas heads-up in a pot where the pair both made aces up, with Clarke's hand best, seeing him securing victory and the €40,640 first prize.
The Winamax Poker Open Dublin High Roller is in the books, but the Main Event is just getting started. Switch over to the Winamax Poker Open Main Event Live Updates to check out our report on Day 1a where 65 players from 363 survived. Check back later Friday, Sept 27, for Day 1b updates from the Irish capital.
Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.