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Steven King Wins European Short Handed Poker Championship

The European Short Handed Poker Championship was one of many live poker tournaments to take place in Ireland last weekend. 656 players anted up for the €550 Main Event on Day 1. However, it was a newly implemented format, which allowed players who departed on the opening day to return for a second chance on Day 2 and that had a substantial bearing on the eventual outcome on Sunday.

Englishman Steven King was among the 26% of hopefuls who did just that and the young pro made the most of his rebuy. King would go on to take down an impressive €63,000 first prize after agreeing a deal with heads up opponent Belgium's Michael Gathy.

It was no more than King deserved after a dominant final table display. King sent several opponents to the rail during the defining session. French trio Richard Thibault (€11,230), Jean-Claude Marets (€17,650) and Jonathan Hamard (€24,700) and Portugal's Paulo Dos Santos Ferreira (€34,190) all posted notable scores for running deep on the Emerald Isle.

The leading duo then agreed to chop the jackpot with chip leader King procuring the largest amount. King then closed out a maiden live tournament victory in style with a pocket pair of Kings as Gathy settled for a respectable €54,300 share for a runner-up finish.

The English Short Handed Poker Championship is set to play out at Luton's G Casino from November 17 through 19. A Short Handed event is also scheduled to take place in Vienna in the near future.

For a recap of results from Europe's biggest live events take a look at the PokerPages Tournament Database.