Irish Open Online has kicked off with a bang! The festival opened on April 6 with two events attracting a massive turnout and awarding combined guarantees of almost €200,000! The tournament, which features a total of 22 events, is well underway at partypoker, with at least €2 million waiting to be awarded to the top finishers.
Let’s take a look at the big winners so far.
Swedish Pro Andler Takes Down Event#1
The first event of the festival was a €100,000 GTD 6-Max event which attracted a total of 441 players and ended up generating €132,300 in total prize pool. Sweden’s Christopher Andler became the first champion of the festival after taking down the €320 buy-in event for €18,615.
The Swedish pro apparently agreed to a deal with three other players – runner-up Qi Hu from Canada who won €18,013, Daniel Kolozsar from Hungary who claimed €15,780 as third-place finisher, and Argentina’s Rodrigo who settled for fourth place for €15,659.
The two other players making the final table of six were Britain’s Alex Lindop who finished fifth for €6,880, and Ukraine’s Anton Yakuba who finished sixth for €4,366. Other notables who were able to cash in the event include Jamie Staples, Ryan Riess, Dara O’Kearney, and Conor Beresford. Among those who busted early in the game were Jason Tompkins, Upeshka De Silva, and Ole Schemion.
Poland’s Piotrowski Triumphs In Event #2
Polish player Przemyslaw Piotrowski took down Event #2: €30,000 GTD Deepstack after topping a field of 335 entries and defeating Irish poker pro Tomas Paiva heads-up for €9,749. Paiva walked away with €7,035 as runner-up.
Three Brits were able to make it to the final eight — Alex Zeligman finished third for €4,874, Sean Hopkin finished sixth for €1,844, and Stephen Woodhead finished seventh for €1,281. The other top finishers include Kosovo’s Granit Shabani (fourth, €3,492), Latvia’s Rihards Dobelis (fifth, €3,487), and Sweden’s Alfred Karlsson (eighth, €935).
The event generated a total prize pool of €50,250, shared among the top 48 players, which also include Martijn Gerrits and Toby Lewis who both walked away with €628 and €528 respectively.
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas Big Winner On Day 2
On Day 2 of the festival, four more champions have been crowned, but the biggest winner was Dutch poker pro Ioannis Angelou-Konstas who took down the €5,200 Irish Open Online High Roller after defeating eventual runner-up Lukas Matthias heads-up for €172,188. Matthias earned €168,180.
The Online High Roller attracted a total of 179 entries, with the final table comprising a number of prominent names in the world of poker such as the 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino, who eventually finished in eighth place for €24,613, Jack Sinclair who finished seventh for €31,325, Lucas Reeves who finished sixth for €40,275, and Thomas Muehloecker who finished third for €103,820.
Finland’s Akseli Paalanen finished fourth for €74,285, while Russian pro Alexey Savenkov walked away with €51,910 for finishing fifth.
Angelou-Konstas was the winner of the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event where he took home a career-best score of £940,000 following a heads-up deal with American poker pro Alex Foxen.
The Action Continues
The Irish Open is Europe’s oldest live poker festival, taking place annually and attracting players from all over the world. However this year, organizers were forced to pull the plug on the live event due to the present global health crisis. Thankfully, they quickly found a way to resume the excitement and action by teaming up with the world’s second largest online poker site, partypoker.
The 2020 Irish Open has now become an online festival which will run until April 12. The main highlight is the Main Event which features €1 million in total guarantees. It runs from April 8 – 12.
The other champions who have been crowned so far are Matthew Eardley who took down Event #4 for €5,239, Gabo Szabo who won in the Heads-Up Tournament for €11,025, and Sosia Jiang who emerged victorious in The Hendon Mob Championship for a top prize of €18,382.