More than €292,000 awaits the champion of the 2021 Irish Open Main Event winner thanks to 1,880 partypoker players buying into this incredible tournament over its three starting flights. Only 40 of those starters remain in the hunt for the €292,256 top prize, including two members of Team partypoker.
Irish Open Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts
|3||Igor Dursel||United Kingdom||18,821,757|
Some 280 players sat down at the start of Day 2 knowing they had locked up €2,137 for their efforts. Team partypoker’s Joni Jouhkimainen was one of the early casualties, falling in 264th place. Jaime Staples bowed out in 227th, and Carl Froch was just behind in 220th place.
Our Irish heroine Louise Butler saw her tournament end in a 112nd place finish, with Isaac Haxton running out of steam in 44th, only four places away from making it to Day 3.
The 40 players who sit back down at 19:05 BST on April 6 do so knowing their €1,100 investment has swelled to €4,983. That sum grows to €22,480 if they navigate their way to the nine-handed final table.
Patrick Leonard and Matthew Staples are the last two orange diamond-sporting players in the field. Leonard has 5,747,994 chips while Staples has 6,067,906; they occupy 28th and 27th place respectively.
Mamonov Leads the Final 40 in the Irish Open Main Event
Maxim Mamonov is the man to catch going into the penultimate day’s action. The Russian grinder has 23,121,626 chips in his stack, narrowly edging out Bulgarian star Stoyan Obreshkov in second place.
Those two players may have more than 22 million chips in their arsenal, but victory is far from assured thanks to some amazing players in the chasing pack.
Pavlo Kolinkovskyi (12,762,590) has a top ten stack going into Day 2, as does Ivan Tononi (12,752,134). Tononi is well known on the Irish poker circuit.
Others to look out for on Day 2 include Matthew Wantman (11,580,293), David Lopez Llacer (11,340,356), Daniel Smyth (9,460,506), Thomas Muehloecker (9,261,870), Mark Radoja (9,056,634), Laszlo Molnar (6,703,802), and Simon Mattsson (5,493,013).
Crippa in Pole Position in the Guarantee-Busting grand Prix Ireland
€250,000 was guaranteed for a €55 buy-in in the Grand Prix Ireland event, but the prize pool weighed in at €342,900 thanks to a huge turnout and your incredible support. Only 24 of the 6,858 starters remain in the hunt for the title, and it is Brazilian Marcelo Crippa who finds himself in pole position.
The final day’s action begins at 20:05 BST on April 6 with Crippa leading the players back into battle. Crippa is one of two players with more than 50 million chips – 55,176,244 to be exact. The Brazilian chip leader has already amassed €875 in bounties on his way to the top of the counts, and now has his sights firmly set on the €18,443 top prize.
Ilia Miakishev will push Crippa all the way. The Russian player returns with 52,026,675 chips and a realistic shot at Grand Prix Ireland glory.
Grand Prix Ireland Top 10 Chip Counts
|6||Nguyen Le||United Kingdom||41,971,734||€1,797|
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