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Dub comes up trumps with €87k poker win

DUBLINER Kevin Killeen has scooped a jackpot of just under €90,000 at a poker game.

Kevin (inset) took top prize in the PokerStars' UK and Ireland Poker Tour in Dublin, his first win in a major live competition.

Lady luck has shone on the Balrothery man since losing his job as an apprentice electrician two-and-a-half years ago.

The 24-year-old has won $200,000 (€145,000) since then in online poker games.

He said his mother, Marie, was "not to happy" about him playing poker for a living, but the gamble has paid off.

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He beat more than 600 players from more than 30 countries to be named winner of the prestigious tournament.

Among the people that he bested to take the top prize of €87,500 was PokerStars professional Jake Cody.

"I put a lot of hard work in over the last year," Kevin said.

"I never thought that I would win a big live event. Now that I have it feels so satisfying for all the hard work, but it hasn't really sunk in yet."

The poker champion said he had his sights set on a big live tournament in Las Vegas in a few months' time.

He is also looking forward to visiting his sister, Sinead, in Australia as soon as he can.

"I was planning to go there before I won, but this just makes it extra sweet," Kevin said.

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