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Silver turns to gold

Mercurial Englishman Max Silver takes down a final table at the second time of asking on PokerStars’ UK and Ireland Poker Tour

In a feat of alchemy befitting any of the master chemists, Silver became Gold at the UKIPT Dublin last month as Englishman Max Silver defeated Ronan Gilligan to capture his first UKIPT title.

The popular player was making back-to-back final tables on the tour after finishing sixth at UKIPT Edinburgh in August, but this time he managed to eclipse that effort by winning €72,000 and the coveted UKIPT trophy.

Silver emerged victorious from a lightning-fast final table after just 20 minutes of heads-up play when his three-bet ship with pocket queens was called by Gilligan’s ace-five and no bullet arrived on the board to hand Silver the top spot.

“It didn’t sink in that I could actually win it until we got down to the final four,” quipped Silver after lifting his trophy, referencing a breakneck finale that saw play go from eight-handed to four-handed within half an hour of the action getting underway.

Runner-up Gilligan, meanwhile, was delighted with his €43,000 second place prize after arriving at the final table as one of the shortest stacks. “I would have taken second at the beginning of the tournament,” he revealed on collecting his cheque.

In total, a field of 590 turned out for the inaugural UKIPT Dublin event, making it another well attended and hotly-contested leg of the tour. Here’s hoping we’ll have a similar success story to report when UKIPT returns to the Emerald Isle next season.

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS

1st Max Silver €72,000

2nd Ronan Gilligan €43,400

3rd Tom Kitt €26,400

4th Ciaran Taggart €19,500

5th Kevin Allen €15,200

6th Anton Kouliavtsev €12,100
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