Stoyan Obreshkov finds himself in the envious position of being chip leader going into the nine-handed final table of the 2021 Irish Open Main Event. Obreshkov has already locked up €22,480 for his troubles, but is only eight eliminations away from becoming the Irish Open champion, and that title comes with a cool €292,256.
Forty players sat down at the Irish open branded virtual felt on April 6, including Team partypoker duo Patrick Leonard and Matthew Staples. The latter busted in 27th place while the former crashed out in 25th. Both stars received €7,788.
Other big names fell by the wayside with the final table within touching distance. Thomas Muehloecker, Simon Mattsson, Pedro Marques, David Lopez Llacer, and final table bubble boy Julian Sitbon.
Sitbon’s exit in tenth place set the final table where Obreshkov leads the way. The Bulgarian enjoys a substantial chip lead, his 98,373,185 stack containing over 27 million more than Justin Ouimette in second place.
Ouimette, as you may recall, triumphed in the MILLIONS Online Mini Main Event in February, and walked away with $184,507.
Everyone who has reached the final table has a realistic shot at poker glory. Even Andreas Berggren of Sweden who sits down at the final table in ninth place. The Swede’s 15,028,078 is the equivalent of 21 big blinds, so he is not quite dead and buried just yet. Berggren is in good form having reached the final table of the Grand Prix Ireland event that concluded on April 6.
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Irish Open Main Event Final Table Chip Counts
Custodio Captures Grand Prix Ireland Title
Daniel Custodio will enjoy the Maltese sunshine a little more today thanks to becoming the Grand Prix Ireland champion on April 6. Custodio outlasted 6,857 opponents on his way to taking down the tournament, which resulted in a cool €30,779 making its way to his partypoker account.
Custoido defeated Russia’s Anton Prokhorov heads-up to secure the top prize and a substantial bounty payment. The €12,336 bounty weighed in close to the €18,443 awarded for finishing in first place!
Start-of-the-day chip leader, Marcelo Crippa, could only muster a ninth-place finish. Crippa collected a combined €2,478 for his efforts.
Rihards Latkovkis, the aforementioned Berggren, and Ilia Miakishev followed Crippa to the cashier’s desk.
Aleksandr Balashov started the final day in tenth place and managed to build on that position to finish fifth, before Joao Segura, and Sergej Babincev busted to send the tournament heads-up. Custodio clinched the title after eliminating Prokhorov.
€32,368 Awaits the Mini Main Event Champion
Remember how the Irish Open Main Event obliterated its €1 million guarantee? The Mini Main Event followed suit with 2,113 players buying in for €109 and creating a €211,300 prize pool, more than twice the advertised guarantee!
The mammoth-sized prize pool means the champion walks away with €32,368. That champion would be Marcelo Junior of Brazil if the tournament finished right now. Junior holds the chip lead courtesy of his 5,149,568 chips.
Some 316 players remain in contention for the title of Irish Open Mini Main Event so Junior still has plenty of work ahead of him. This is especially true when you consider such luminaries as Thomas Bacon, Dan Carter, Tom Hall, Charlie Combes, Yiannis Liperis, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, and our very own Louise Butler are still in the hunt.
|3||Thomas Bacon||United Kingdom||4,767,939|
|4||Daniel Cryer||United Kingdom||4,477,848|
|7||Vladimir Minko||United Kingdom||3,837,795|
|9||Karl Snow||United Kingdom||3,599,548|
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