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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.


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.