Max Silver has become the inaugural UKIPT Dublin champion beating a field of 590 players to win €72,000 and a £5,000 EPT seat.
In a quick final table that lasted just four hours (breaks included) it was Silver, who was scoring back-to-back UKIPT final tables, that was involved in the most pots.
There were early exits, first for Peter McGarvey and Loughrea's Ursula Marmion when Taggart's pocket kings held in a
three-way pot against the ace-kings of Ursula and Kevin Allen. The three million pot knocked out Marmion in seventh and
crippled Allen whilecatapulting Taggart into a huge chip lead. That was the second knockout of the tournament just ten
minutes in. Within half an hour of the first hand being dealt we had lost four of the final table.
Taggart drove his chip stack well and it went as high as four million before he called all-in with AJ against Silver's AA in a
punishing battle of the blinds. That pushed Silver well into the lead which was solidified when he knocked out Taggart in a
nines versus KQ flip that saw 'Tag' knocked out in fourth for €19,500. Going three-handed Silver held 4,750,000 to Tom Kitt's
2,020,000 and Ronan Gilligan's 1,850,000 but action became fairly cagey until a big time cooler took place between the three.
Silver raised on the button to 135,000 and was called by Kitt in the small blind and Gilligan in the big. A c-bet of 205,000
into the 66K flop and Kitt check-raised to 475,000. Silver made the call. Kitt fired a chunky 600,000 at the 7 turn, leaving himself
with 1.2m, which Silver called. The A fell on the river and Kitt moved instantly moved in. Silver snap called with AA.
Kitt took €26,400 for his third place finish.
That set-up hand gifted Silver a huge 7,480,000 stack which towered some way above Ronan Gilligan's 1,275,000.
Staying true to the alacrity of the day heads up lasted just twenty minutes with Gilligan raising A5 and than calling all-in
when Silver shipped it in with QQ. The board stayed bullet-free as Silver claimed a UKIPT title at his second attempt.
"I would have taken second at the beginning of the tournament, for sure," said Gilligan shortly after being knocked out.
"I just had to try to double up early and take things from there." It's still a great result for the PokerStars qualifier who made
his way into the tournament though an €11 rebuy to pocket €43,400. That's quite some spin-up.