Rory Brennan wins PartyPoker IPC

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PartyPoker was the first to bring some major live tournament action to Europe in 2009. It hosted the Irish Poker Championship, which began play on Friday and found a winner on Sunday.

That winner was Rory Rees Brennan, who topped a field of 255 players to earn a €160,000 top prize.

The event took place at the Radisson Hotel in Galway. With its €3,000 buy-in for the main event, players were looking at earning a piece of a €464,000 prize pool.

Some big names flooded the tables for the year's first event, including Mike Sexton, Kenna James, Marty Smyth and last year's winner Jude Ainsworth.

Day 1 of the tournament saw 131 players fall by the wayside, and on Day 2 only 26 players emerged to return to Day 3. Those 26 players were in the money but still battling for a spot at the nine-man final table.

The players who would earn that honor were Peter Murphy, Derek Murray, David Curtis, Krzysztof Gwvszko, Rory Liffey, Rory Brennan, David Poole, Chris Dowling and chip leader Ben Vinson.

Liffey was the first to go, claiming the ninth-place position, while Murray, one of the locals at the table, was out in eighth, and Murphy was out in seventh.

The Polish player at the table, Gwvszko, was out in sixth place, and behind him was Curtis, the other Galway resident.

Poole turned in a fourth-place performance, and Vinson finished third when he wasn't able to convert his chip lead into a win. That left Brennan and Dowling to play heads-up for the big prize.

Their battle lasted two and half hours before Brennan finally put Dowling down for the count. Dowling had gone all-in with 9-6 offsuit, and Brennan called with an A-T. The board fell Brennan's way, making him the new IPC champion.

The final-table results were:

Place Name Prize
1st Rory Rees Brennan €160,000
2nd Chris Dowling €90,000
3rd Ben Vinson €55,000
4th David Poole €30,000
5th David Curtis €20,000
6th Krzysztof Gwvszko €15,000
7th Peter Murphy €12,500
8th Derek Murray €10,000
9th Rory Liffey €8,000

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