Online Qualifier Turns €4 into €250,000 at 2014 Irish Open

by | Published: Sunday, April 27th, 2014

For any poker player out there that doesn’t believe a non-professional poker player could take out a tournament or event – this story is for you. You’ll second-guess not entering tournament qualifiers or satellites offered at online poker rooms from now on.

Patrick Clarke accomplished the dream of every low-stakes poker player last weekend. He managed to turn a €4 online satellite victory into a €250,000 victory at the 2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open.

Clarke won his €2,250 entry into the Irish Open Main Event by playing online poker at Paddy Power, and ultimately defeated a field of 411 players to pocket the biggest win of his career.

The tournament victory itself netted Clarke €200,000. He claimed the additional €50,000 by being the last man standing in the Paddy Power Sole Survivor competition. If you can believe it, the extra €50K prize came down to a heads-up match against Dave Pollack, who also won his seat online. Pollack netted himself a tidy €130,500.

With the victory, Clarke found his name added to the elite list of Irish Open champions that includes Noel Furlong, Liam Flood, Joe Beevers, Neil Channing, James Mitchell, Kevin Vandersmissen, and Ian Simpson. A list he never thought of being on when he was playing his poker game online for €4.

2014 Irish Open Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Patrick Clarke €250,000
2 Dave Pollock €130,500
3 Liam Chevalier €97,500
4 Thomas O’Shea €73,800
5 Oliver Lynch €54,500
6 Michael Gilligan €38,500
7 Barry Donovan €26,500
8 Jonathan Lundy €19,250


Clarke entered the final table as the overwhelming chip leader and never looked back.

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