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Ryan Mandara Wins 2018 Irish Poker Open Main Event

Runner-Up Ferdia O'Connell Turned €0.01 Satellite Entry Into €180,000

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The United Kingdom’s Ryan Mandara defeated a huge field of 1,340 total entries to win the 2018 Irish Poker Open €1,150 no-limit hold’em main event, earning the title and the €210,000 ($257,321 USD) first-place prize. While Mandara ultimately emerged victorious, runner-up Ferdia O’Connell or Ireland also made waves with his incredible run. He struck a deal heads-up with Mandara that saw him lock up a €180,000 ($220,561 USD) payday after having qualified for this tournament in a €0.01 buy-in satellite online on partypoker. That is a return on investment (ROI) of 1,799,999,900 percent.

The Irish Poker Open is the longest running no-limit hold’em tournament in Europe, having first taken place back in 1980. This year the event was hosted at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin and featured a €1 million guaranteed prize pool. That number was easily surpassed when 1,340 total entries were made, up from 1,129 entries in 2016.

The eight-handed final table began with Pascal Baumgartner as the chip leader, with Mandara and Daniel Samson as his closest competition. Mandara eliminated Samson in fourth place ($92,250 USD) when his pocket eights ran into the eventual champion’s pocket nines. O’Connell then busted Baumgartner in third place ($123,000 USD).

Mandara took nearly a 4-to-3 chip advantage into heads-up play against O’Connell. Action was halted as the two cut a deal that saw Mandara lock up €197,000 while O’Connell guaranteed himself €180,000. The final two kept €13,000 and the title to play for.

Mandara was able to extend his lead to nearly a 5-to-1 advantage by the time the final cards were dealt. With a board of 9Club Suit7Diamond Suit3Heart Suit10Spade SuitAClub Suit O’Connell shoved all-in, only to have Mandara call with the 8Club Suit6Heart Suit for a turned straight. O’Connell’s JClub Suit10Diamond Suit was no good, and he was eliminated in second place.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Ryan Mandara $257,321 960
2 Ferdia O’Connell $220,561 800
3 Pascal Sven Baumgartner $123,000 640
4 Dan Samson $92,250 480
5 Joseph Cahill $67,650 400
6 Sameer Singh $52,275 320
7 Daniel Fargher $39,360 240
8 Dean Clay $28,290 160
9 David Barnes $23,375 80