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Malta has itself an Irish Poker Master KO series champion after Georgios Zisimopoulos overcame 993 opponents in the €1,100 buy-in €1 million guaranteed Main Event. The victory came with an impressive haul worth €128,899, made up of a €65,700 first-place prize and an additional €63,199 worth of bounties.

Irish Poker Masters KO Main Event Final Table

Place Player Country Bounties Prize
1 Georgios Zisimopoulos Malta €63,199 €65,700
2 Joel Holmberg Finland €20,125 €65,599
3 Maxim Ivanov Russia €9,160 €43,458
4 Thomas Hueber Austria €9,726 €28,170
5 Tamas Adamszki Hungary €7,458 €19,216
6 Ivan Lehin Ukraine €12,321 €14,801
7 Pavlo Kolinkovskyi Ukraine €11,921 €10,877
8 Aleksejs Meless Estonia €6,515 €8,638
9 Glib Tremzin Russia €3,250 €6,830

Glib Tremzin was the first of the finalists heading for the cashier’s desk, despite sitting down at the final table sixth in chips. Maxim Ivanov opened to 735,000 from early position with blinds at 175,000/350,000/43,750, and Tremzin called in the big blind. The flop fell , and Tremzin checked, Ivanov led for 780,000, only for Tremzin to tank-shove for 4,301,200 into the 2,038,750 pot; Ivanov called. It was for Tremzin but for Ivanov. The turn and river failed to alter anything, and the final table lost a player.

Estonia’s Aleksejs Meless was the next player out of the door. he open-shoved a shade over eight big blinds from early position, and Joel Holmberg looked him up from a couple of seats across. Thomas Hueber squeezed all-in for 17,441,101 from the small blind, and Holmberg ducked out of the way. Hueber showed , which was comfortably ahead of Meless’ . Hueber paired both his hole cards, and Meless was gone.

Seventh place went to the start of the day chip leader Pavlo Kolinkovskyi. The action folded to Kolinvoksyi in the small blind, and he moved all-in for 9,260,796 at the 600,,000 big blind level. Ivan Lehin looked down at and decided it was good for a call. Kolinkovskyi flipped over and looked on course to double when the flop fell . However, the turn and river improved Lehin to an unlikely flush, and Kolinkovskyi busted.

Winning Kolinkovskyi’s chips earned Lehin a short reprieve but he was the next casualty of the final table. The big blind was now 700,000, and Lehin ripped it in from the cutoff for 8,384,122 with , Holmberg called all-in on the button with , and Tamas Adamszki over-called with . Holmberg came out on top courtesy of a board.

That hand left Adamszki nursing a short stack and, although he added to it, he pushed all-in from under the gun for 17.5 big blinds with and Zisimopoulos re-shoved with . No drama appeared on the board, and Adamszki’s tournament ended abruptly.

The final table grew shorter with the elimination of Hueber in fourth. Ivanov opened-shoved for 15,644,204 with the big blind set at 800,000, and Hueber called off his 14,120,157 chips from the next seat across. Hueber was a huge favourite courtesy of his facing off against . That was until an eight on the river ended his tournament early.

The penultimate elimination was that of Ivanov in third place. Ivanov completed the small blind for 800,000 before Zisimopoulos raised to 2,800,000. Ivanov responded by jamming all-in for 25,483,361 in total, which Zisimopoulos quickly called. Ivanov revealed the and was against . The five community cards fell , and heads-up was set.

Zisimopoulos went into the one-on-one battle with Holmberg holding a significant 122,144,590 to 26,955,410 chip lead, and it did not take long for him to press home his advantage.

The final hand happened during the 500,000/1,000,000/125,000a level. Holmberg committed his last 4.5 big blinds with and Zisimopoulos called with . A deuce on the flop proved to be enough to hand the title to Zisimopoulos.

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