Bobby O'Donnell Wins APAT Irish Amateur Poker Championships
The added incentive of a PokerStars United Kingdom Poker Tour Main Event seat made for a frenetic final table but it was O'Donnell who locked up the £1,650 prize after besting Ken Burgess in heads-up play.
Keith Luxford had started the day with a narrow 10,000 chip lead and he extended that advantage after sending Don Roberts to the rail with a rare straight flush.
Dion Burns was the next to fall in eighth. Burns shoved all in with pocket twos but Paul Elwood managed to improve his modest 8-5os holdings to end his run.
Burgess then began his hot streak by taking down Romain Gambini (£230) with pocket Kings and the dangerous Elwood (£275) with top pair, top kicker. O'Donnell opened up soon after as he eliminated Derek Baker (£370) with a flopped set.
Luxford (£455) was struggling to re-assert his authority on proceedings and several aggressive plays led to his demise. O'Donnell landed the final blow with Ace-high as only three remained.
The biggest pot of the tournament then ensued as Matt Bailie (£645) failed to outdraw Burgess' pocket Kings with A-Q. The dry board sent Bailie home as the leading duo advanced to the final match up.
O'Donnell needed another hour but he was finally crowned APAT Irish Amateur Champion when his rivered quad kings crushed Burgess' (£950) full house.