Frenchman Pierre Calamusa dominated the 2015 Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event this week, topping 959 entrants to claim a €70,000 prize (about US$78,582, the third-biggest cash of his career) and push his life-time earnings to US$350,274.
Twenty-five players vied for the title on the tournament’s final day. Calamusa started the day as the chip leader (with more than double that of any of his opponents), a lead he never relinquished.
Team Winamax pro Davidi Kitai was the odds-on favorite to win, but was forced out in 19th place; the Belgian went all in with 10♡, 4♡ but couldn’t best Eoin Malone’s Q♢, J♢ on a table showing K♡, Q♤, J♡, 8♢, 5♧.
Malone’s run eventually ended in 8th place.
Jeremy Guilbault was the last player to not reach the final table; his A♧, K♢ fell to Gillaume Diaz’s A♤, J♧. Diaz would go on to finish third.
Louis Le Bourhis, who walked away in second place with €50,000, was a wrecking ball at the final table, eliminating Jerome L’Hostis, Jean-Francois Combe, and Louis Linard.
But Le Bourhis’ head-hunting ways came to an abrupt halt once heads-up play began. Just four hands into his tete-a-tete with Calamus, Le Bourhis found himself busted. Both players went all in on the turn with the table showing 4♢, 8♢, 5♤, K♧. The river, a 10♤, kept Calamusa’s A♡, A♢ ahead of Le Bourhis’ Q♢, 8♧.
Previously, Calamusa finished third in the 2012 Euro Finals of Poker High Roller for $89,974 and won $81,702 for his second place finish in the 2014 PMU.fr World Poker Tour National Cannes Main Event.
2015 Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event final results:
(Photo credit: Giuseppe Milo, Creative Commons.)
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