Ahmed in Toon to take down IPO

The third leg of the Full Tilt International Poker Open Tour attracted 166 entrants to Aspers Casino in Newcastle from 21-23 August to produce a prize pool of £24,900, with Ali Ahmed taking the £6,300 top prize after beating James Maxwell heads-up.

Ahmed (pictured above) follows in the footsteps of Dave Masters and Keith Cummins, who won the first two legs in Bray and Cork respectively.

Masters became the tour’s first champion on its debut stop in Ireland from 22-24 May at the refurbished Star Casino in Bray.

After a fierce heads-up battle battle with Dave Harris, Masters conquered a field of 184 to take home US$9,012.

Keith Cummins was a deserving winner at the Macau Sporting Club in Cork from 10-12 July, overcoming 197 entrants to take the lion’s share of a US$42,946 prize pool.

Cummins was in a dominant position from the early levels of the tournament right to the end, bagging $10,790 after beating Dave Pollock heads-up.

Newcastle IPO
1st Ali Ahmed £6,300
2nd James Maxwell £4,250
3rd William Kang £3,220
4th Sam Sexton £2,490
5th Hamid Rowshanaei £1,870
6th Darren Dowling £1,355
7th Daniel Kind £920
8th Julian Lightburn £745
9th Jonathan Bowers £570

Cork IPO
1st Keith Cummins $10,790
2nd Dave Pollock $7,120
3rd Sean McCarthy $5,395
4th Matt Dobbins $4,205
5th Jamie Cusack $3,125
6th Aidan Connolly $2,245
7th Fredrik Stockenbrink $1,500
8th Tomas Galkus $1,200
9th Joe Hegarty $900

Bray IPO
1st Dave Masters $9,012
2nd David Harris $7,650
3rd Victor Antoci $4,550
4th Roger Shealy Jr $3,400
5th Darren Dowling $2,650
6th Derek Kavanagh $2,050
7th Gavin Quinn $1,600
8th Peter Searle $1,250
9th Philip Carroll $1,000