There was a special Easter present for one Cavanman on Monday when Michael Conaty from Poles landed €85,000 by coming second in the Irish Poker Open.
Conaty, a 26-year-old trainee solicitor, came through a field of 802 entrants at the prestigious tournament in the CityWest Hotel, Dublin. He took to the table on Friday, wowing the huge crowds with his aggressive style and was still going strong on Monday evening at the final table.
The popular Cavanman was unlucky not to take the first prize of €150,000. Heads-up against Galway man Daniel Wilson, Conaty went all in with a pair of nines only for Wilson to strike it lucky with a weaker hand of Ace-King.
Conaty, who works for Damien Rudden Solicitors, was joined by a large contingent of friends from home as the celebrations got underway on Monday night.
Virginia man Killian Farrelly also 'ran deep’ in the tournament, finishing in 54th place.