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Rory Rees Brennan, a 23-year-old poker player from Dublin, bested a field of 255 which included poker greats such as Mike Sexton and “Cowboy” Kenna James, and took down a healthy €160,000 for his efforts and the honor that comes with winning the first major event of 2009. Brennan has already had great success online, and is a member of Party Poker’s exclusive Palladium Lounge. He also has had some great success in land based tournaments, with deep runs in last year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and having won a PLO side event at the European Deep Stack Championship. In December last year he also won the €1,000 tournament at Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Card Club having previously finished second and fourth.

He sure put on his best 4-leaf clover and took down the first event of ’09. Be on the lookout for this kid: he’s like soda pop on the rise.

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2009 PARTYPOKER.COM Irish Poker Championship


1ST – Rory Rees Brennan (Dublin, Ireland) €160,000

2ND – Chris Dowling (Ballymore Eustace, Ireland) €90,000

3RD – Ben Vinson (Essex, UK) €55,000

4TH – David Poole (Manchester, UK) €30,000

5TH – David Curtis (Galway, Ireland) €20,000

6TH – Krystof Gwvsko (Warsaw, Poland) €15,000

7TH – Peter Murphy (South Armagh, Ireland) €12,500

8TH – Derek Murray (Galway, Ireland) €10,000