Englishman Wins Irish Poker Main Event to Conclude Series

Englishman Wins Irish Poker Main Event to Conclude SeriesThe 2018 Irish Poker Open was held at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, Ireland from March 12th-19th, and featured 20 tournaments with a collective guaranteed prize pool of €1 million.
Europe’s longest running No-limit hold ’em tournament series subsequently reached a conclusion with the launch of its €1,150 Main Event on the 14th, with Englishman Ryan Mandara eventually beating Ireland’s Ferdia O’Connell to claim the victory for €210,000 ($259,201).
Citywest Hotel
The Citywest Hotel is set amongst stunning parklands near the Dublin Mountains, and boasts a broad range of attractions, including an 18 hole golf course, health & leisure facilities, and a 20 meter swimming pool. It is also Ireland’s biggest hotel with 774 bedrooms, and offers guests a sumptuous range of fine dining experiences including Irish dishes in its Hibernian Bistro, and Asian cuisine in its Lemongrass restaurant.
Irish Poker Open Winners
Amongst the players picking up titles at the 2018 Irish Poker Open was Laurence O’Kane who overcame a field of 1,071 at the €220 No Limit Hold’em event, including fellow Irishman Michael Graydon heads-up, to claim a top prize of €43,550 ($53,899). England’s Jack Sinclair also took down the €550 No Limit Hold’em event for €29,620 ($36,565) after beating a field of 303 players, including Irishman David Lappin heads-up. As a result, Sinclair now boasts $1,984,001 in career earnings, including finishing the 2017 WSOP Main Event in 8th place for a $1.2 million payday. And then there was Englishman Ryan Mandara’s winning performance at the Main Event.
Main Event
The Main Event attracted 1,340 players who ponied up €1,150 a piece to create a prize pool worth €347,164 in excess of its €1 prize pool. That total was also 19% higher than last year’s Main Event which was won by Canada’s Griffin Benger for €200,000 ($215,731).
Amongst the notable pros seeing a return on their buy-ins this year was Eoghan O’Dea in 105th (€2,640), Jason Wheeler in 91st (€2,925), Padraig Parkinson in 78th (€2,925), John Duthie in 68th (€3,505), Andy Black in 29th (€5,670), and Peter Eichhardt in 12th (€13,500).
After David Barnes exited in 9th place for €19,004, the final table was set with Pascal Baumgartner ahead as the chip leader, followed by Mandara and Daniel Samson.
Joseph Cahill (Q-9) then proceeded to eliminate Dean Clay (K-Q) in 8th, while Samson (10-10) took care of Daniel Fargher (A-J) in 7th. In a case of history repeating itself, Sameer Singh followed up his 6th place exit in last year’s Main Event for €25,000, with another 6th place departure, this time worth €42,500 and at the hands of Mandara.
Next, Ferdia O’Connell (A-K) sent Cahill (4-4) to the rail in 5th, with Mandara (9-9) then eliminating Dan Samson (8-8) in 4th. Finally, O’Connell (A-6) dispatched a short stacked Pascal Baumgartner to the rail in 3rd to usher in heads-up play for the title.
At this stage, Mandara held a 23 million to 17 million chip advantage over O’Connell, with the players subsequently agreeing to a deal in which Mandara was guaranteed €197,000 and O’Connell €180,000. A further €13,000 and the coveted trophy was then reserved for the ultimate champion.
Mandara soon extended his lead by 5:1 when the deciding hand was played with Mandara (8-6) raising preflop and receiving a call from his opponent holding J-10. The 7-3-9 flop which ensued induced a check-call from Mandara, who then made a straight after a 10 fell on the turn. Once again, Mandara opted to check-call a bet from O’Connell, before shoving his stack when an A was dealt on the river.
Ferdia O’Connell made the call, with the €180,000 runner-up prize he received accounting for all but $1,982 of his poker winnings. Meanwhile, Ryan Mandara became the 2018 Irish Poker Open Main Event champion, and now boasts $391,596 in career earnings. Following his impressive victory, Mandara described the experience as “four long days but definitely worth the while.” He also said that his next stop would be the WPT 500 in Aspers London in two weeks, before adding that he would 100% be making the Irish Poker Open next year in order to defend his crown.
Final Table Results:
1: Ryan Mandara (UK) €210,000
2: Ferdia O’Connell (Ire) €180,000
3: Pascal Baumgartner (Swz) €100,000
4: Dan Samson (UK) €75,000
5: Joseph Cahill (UK) €55,000
6: Sameer Singh (UK) €42,500
7: Daniel Fargher (UK) €32,000
8: Dean Clay (UK) €23,000
St. Patrick’s Day Festivities
The Irish Poker Open featured a range of smaller buy-in events, cash games and a special St. Patrick’s Day mini-tournament which saw players compete against one another in a feat of alcohol tolerance. Overall, the partypoker sponsored series proved to be a great success, as is demonstrated by the tremendous amount of positive feedback it has received on social media.


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