Six qualifiers had a chance to face off against four Liverpool Football Club legends last week. But their battle wasn't on the green grass of a soccer field; instead it was on the green felt of a poker table.
Jan Molby, John Aldridge, Didi Hamann and David Fairclough, all well-known Liverpool FC players, took on the six online poker qualifiers to vie for two seats at the Irish Poker Open.
It was a rare treat for Terry Owens, Chris Taylor, Alan Stanton, Ben Passantino, David Hill and John Callaghan to get to play and dine with their football heroes, and an added bonus to play for a chance at a piece of the Irish Poker Open's guaranteed €2 million.
It turns out the football players were just as talented at the poker table as they are on the field. Owens lost out to Hamann early after the game started and was the first to bust out.
Taylor and Stanton were next to fall before the dinner break, during which the qualifiers dined with the FC pros and got jerseys signed.
Hill was the first to fall after the dinner break, and he was followed by the first footballer to leave the game, "Super Sub" Fairclough.
Callaghan was taken out next when his pocket eights lost a duel to Aldridge's pocket aces. That left Passantino to take on the remaining three legends.
He seemed to be holding his own as he eliminated Hamann next, but third place was as far as Passantino would go. After a few hours three-handed, he finally ran into Molby's pocket threes while holding A-8.
Passantino's elimination left the two remaining Liverpool FC players, Molby and Aldridge with the seats in the Irish Open. The tournament will take place over Easter weekend in Dublin.
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