Meere turns freeroll into Irish Masters win

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The Irish Winter Festival of Poker, sponsored by Paddy Power Poker, wrapped up earlier this week with Fiachra Meere taking down the main event for a six-digit payout and a trophy.

Meere, of Limerick, won his way into the Irish Masters part of the Irish Winter Festival of Poker through a freeroll tournament in Limerick's Fitzpatricks card club. He turned his free entry in the €1,650 buy-in tournament into a €150,000 payday.

It took three days of play for Meere to outlast and outplay the field of 423 poker players in the Irish Masters. Among the runners at the start were Ciaran O'Leary, Neil Channing and Marty Smyth.

O'Leary and Channing would be among the nearly 150 players who made it through Day 1 of the event, but neither would make it to the money on Day 2.

Twenty-two players would make it through Day 2, and the chip leaders for the day were a pretty big indicator of who would make the final table.

Chris Wood remained among the chip leaders for the entire day, coming out on top in the end. Nicky Power also cracked aces twice to make it to the top 10 on the day.

The top 10 after Day 2 were:

  • Chris Wood - $576,000
  • David Poole - $470,500
  • Andreas Schippani - $431,500
  • Dennis Hansen - $315,000
  • Fiachra Meere - $295,500
  • Warren Woodall - $271,500
  • Nicky Power - $264,000
  • Janis Thorstad - $232,500
  • Waseem Shahid - $147,500
  • Jamie Zambuni - $147,000

Seven of those players in the top 10 after Day 2 would end up at the final table as well. And though Chris Wood made an excellent run at first place with his chip lead, he fell to Meere and had to settle for second place.

Initially the first-place prize was supposed to be €187,000 from the €634,500 prize pool, but the players at the final table made a deal that flattened out the pay structure a little more and gave more money to the third- through sixth-place finishers.

The final-table results were:

Place Name Prize
1st Fiachra Meere €150,000
2nd Chris Wood €106,000
3rd John Rafferty €68,500
4th David Poole €57,000
5th Peter Murphy €48,700
6th Jamie Zambuni €40,500
7th Andreas Schippani €24,000
8th Warren Woodall €17,180
9th Waseem Shahid €10,500

While the Irish Masters was playing out, Paddy Power Poker also ran two side events for players looking for lower buy-ins or perhaps just for some extra action after busting out of the main event.

One event was the €220 rebuy tournament that drew 167 players to create a €97,400 prize pool. Jan Bendik, a Slovakian player, took that down to earn €31,000.

The second side event was a €550 freezeout tournament. With 203 players in the mix, there was a €101,500 prize pool on the line, with the winner walking away with €31,700.

O'Leary made a good run in the €550 side event to wind up in fourth place, but it was Danish player Nicholas Leszkowicz who picked up the first-place prize.

Paddy Power Poker has plenty of other ways players can find their way into live tournaments like the Irish Winter Festival of Poker as well. The poker site is currently hosting tournaments in which players can win their way into the Irish Open or stops on the Grosvenor U.K. Poker Tour.

For more information about these and other promotions offered at the poker site, visit Paddy Power Poker.

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