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Swede wins €75,000 from the Irish at Ladbrokes Irish Poker Festival

Oct 05, 2010
Ladbrokes Irish Poker Festival

Ladbrokes, known for their online sportsbook and their internet poker room, took their gaming activities offline to host the Ladbrokes Irish Poker Festival in Killarney, Ireland. 632 players came from both local Irish poker rooms and around the world to compete for the top prize. By the third day, all but ten were eliminated.

Of the ten men at the final table, almost all were Irish nationals, though two foreigners made it into the melee, Richard Connoly (from the Isle of Man) and Lars Torngren (a London-based Swedish expat). Bankrolls ranged from Richard Connoly’s 360k to John Kalmer’s 1.8 million, and as well as being the chip leader, “Skalie” was the early favourite. Unfortunately for him, his Ace-Jack couldn’t hold up against Lar’s Pocket Queens, as the Ace he hit on the flop couldn’t withstand the Queen on the turn.

In the end, it was Lars Torngren who carried off the €75,000 grand prize. Lars possessed pocket sixes which he managed to hold up in the three-way all-in against a pair of Irishmen, Paul Lucey, with his Jack and five, and Barry McGleenon, holding an Ace and a seven.

Lars has been playing poker for about 8 years and is “absolutely delighted” about his first big tournament win. He is already pleasantly anticipating competing in the Ladbrokes poker festival next year. Till then he is likely to be found practicing at online poker sites in Sweden.

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