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We crowned Pavel Veksler as the 2021 Irish Open Main Event champion earlier this week, an impressive result that saw the Ukrainian pro walk away with €265,999. Veksler jumped onto our Russian language Twitch stream immediately after his victory and spoke at length with the commentary team about how the tournament went for him.

“It was a pretty straightforward final table for me,” revealed Veksler, “I won important all-ins and didn’t have any tough decisions. I did make a successful bluff with ace-queen against ace-king in a three-bet pot where I made my opponent fold on the turn, but I was actually ready to push most rivers as well to put even more pressure on him.”

Veksler navigated his way to heads-up where he faced the start-of-the-day chip leader Stoyan Obreshkov. Veksler held a sizeable chip lead but decided to err on the side of caution and strike a deal. Doing so was not as plain sailing as you would have thought.

A Celebratory Dance!

“After we started heads-up, I messaged Stoyan about the deal, but he was silent for some time. Five hands later, he replied that he was willing to look at the numbers and that he was busy before; I don’t know how he was busy at the time. We made a deal, but he asked for 10 more minutes of the break so he could go and dance with his wife!”

Dancing completed, Obreshkov returned to the one-on-one battle with Veksler, and Veksler got the job done. Victory saw Veksler win the €10,000 the pair agreed to leave for the eventual champion, resulting in a €265,999 prize heading Veksler’s way.

“It is my best online cash ever. Four years ago, I had an amazing run during POWERFEST at partypoker. Three Sundays in a row I was at the final table of a major event. I won $70,000, $80,000, and $160,000, but this time I managed to get all of that money from one tournament!”

It is easy to sing the praises of an event you have just emerged triumphant from, but Veksler stated he was particularly happy with the limited re-entries allowed in the event, which he said made for a softer tournament.

Single Re-Entry Softens the Field

“I really like the single re-entry format on partypoker. You could really feel the difference in the latter stages of the tournament. For example, I play the $1,111 High Roller One Shot at partypoker; the tournament usually gets 200 entries, but it is a freezeout. I have made it to the final table four or five times and on every occasion, there are one or two players that are not very good. On other sites, where the top players can make four or five re-entries, there is a better chance to see one of them at the final table.”

“It’s also nice that people can qualify for big events from small buy-ins and try to realise a poker dream.”

Veksler is also a fan of our awesome cards-up streams on Twitch.

“I wanted to say thank you that you have such great coverage of the big events. It is a cool opportunity for new players to learn about the game. The commentators talk about the game and the players, and you can really enjoy the action, rail your favourite players, and try to guess how people will play thanks to seeing all the cards. Thank you for that.”

Veksler’s attention now turns to the latest edition of POWERFEST, which runs from April 9 through April 27. We would not bet against him walking away with yet another major title at partypoker. Perhaps you’ll join him in the winner’s circle too?

Photo credit: Katerina Lukina and

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