October 03, 2011 07:48 ET Irish Poker Open Champion Niall Smyth Wins Big in Killarney

Local Poker Player Who Turned EUR10 Into EUR650,000 Rakes In Another EUR70,000

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2011) -

Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release. Irish Open winner Niall Smyth has won the Ladbrokes Irish Poker Festival in Killarney lifting €70,000 for his victory over 568 opponents in the €500 buy in event.

Smyth beat Eamon Doran heads up when his Jh 10h hit a jack on the flop while Doran's 7h 5h hit a five and both players moved all in. The 6d on the turn and 3s on the river were good for the local Kerry player and with his top pair he scooped the top prize in Killarney to add to the €650,000 he won earlier this year at the Irish Open.

Smyth, who started the final table third last in chips, knocked out Matz Lindman in ninth place and never looked back after he doubled up to over 2 million in chips against Chris Paulsen with K-K vs A-K.

He was understandable ecstatic with his win saying, "It's epic. Just brilliant to win another big event. When my kings held against the A-K I knew I had a real chance. Being the Paddy Power Sole Survivor means I'm freerolling these events and it just couldn't be any better."

Smyth also felt his victory vindicated his Irish Open win earlier this year "It means I don't have anything to prove to anyone," he said. "It's just great."

In April this year Smyth turned a €10 bet on Grand National winner Ballabriggs into €650,000 when he won one of Europe's most prestigious poker tournaments, the Irish Open. As part of his prize he for being the last online qualifier standing in that event – the Sole Survivor - he won a €100,000 sponsorship package from which enabled him to play the tournament in Killarney at the weekend.

He will now play the €1,100 buy in Irish Winter Festival taking place at the Burlington Hotel from October 28 to 30, 2011.

Twenty packages to the event worth €1,800 each are available next Sunday October 9 at in a €200 + €15 buy in no limit hold'em freezeout mega satellite.

Players who qualify for the Irish Winter Festival 2011 on are eligible for the €20,000 Sole Survivor promotion; all they have to do is outlast all other qualifiers in the IWF 2011 main event to win an additional €20,000 package.

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