Clancy the luckiest Irishman at poker championship

John Clancy is the Irish Poker Champion, taking home €114,000 after a deal late in the game split the pot amongst the final three players.

The tournament wrapped Jan. 7 at Dublin's City West Hotel, drawing nearly 300 entrants who coughed up the €1,500+€150 buy-in for a kick at the €423,000 Texas Hold'em freeze out championship.

Clancy came to the nine-seat final table with a middling stack, holding €259,000 in chips to leader Scott Byron's €1,003,000.

With the table pared to three players - Clancy, Scott Bryant and Ciaran Burke - rumblings of a deal surfaced. The men decided to fix the prizes to guarantee the winner €114,000, with €75,000 for second place and €55,000 for third.

Not long afterward, Burke was shut out of the game when Byron caught a straight, leaving Clancy and Byron in heads-up play.

Out-chipped 2-1, Clancy earned his victory by doubling up on pocket kings then going for the knock out with an A-9 to best Byron's A-6.

The final table results are as follows:

1stJohn Clancy€114,000
2nd Scott Bryant €75,000
3rd Ciaran Burke €55,000
4th Terry McDaid €28,000
5th Keith Cummins €21,000
6th Jens Klaning €17,000
7th Colette Murphy €14,000
8th Stewart Samuels €12,000
9th Dermott Jacob €10,000

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