It was a heck of a virtual party on partypoker for the 2021 Irish Open Main Event. Sure, it can never compare to the real thing, but we live in interesting times and live poker took a huge hit during the pandemic. As a result, many live events had to head to the virtual tables to determine the best of the best. In this case, poker players from around the world gathered at partypoker to determine the newest champion at the 2021 Irish Poker Open.
On the penultimate day, 40 players were still in the hunt for the title including partypoker pro Patrick Leonard, Matthew Staples, Thomas Muehloecker, Simon Mattsson, Pedro Marques, and David Lopez Llacer. All of them busted before the final table.
Julian Stibon busted in tenth place and bubbled the final table.
The final table of the 2021 Irish Poker Open included nine players from nine different nations... Stoyan Obreshkov, Justin Ouimette, Victor Bonifacio, Eduards Kudrjavecs, Franco Spitale, Justus Held, Pavel Veksletr, Julian Adamson, and Andreas Berggren. In case you were wondering, the countries represented included Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Estonia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Germany, and Austria.
Bulgaria's Stoyan Obreshkov bagged the lead with 98.3 million, with Canada's Justin Ouimette the other big stack with 70.7M. The middle stacks were Victor Bonifacio, Eduards Kudrjavecs, and Franco Spitale. The smaller stacks included a trio of players Justus Held, Pavel Veksler, and Julian Adamson around 25M each. Sweden's Andreas Berggren was the shortest of the short stacks with 15M.
Justus Held busted first at the final table in ninth place. Justin Ouimette did not last much longer when he busted in eighth place. If the name sounds familiar, Ouimette won the 2021 MILLIONS Online Mini Main Event a couple months ago for a sweet score worth $184,507.
Brazil's Victor Bonifacio was the next player to bow out in seventh place, followed by Germany's Julian Admson in sixth, and Estonia's Eduards Kudrjavcevs in fifth when his Ace-Queen was no match for Andreas Berggren's Big Slick.
Sweden's Andreas Berggren started out as a short stack, but his survival skills allowed him to avoid an early bustout and ladder up to fourth place, where he snagged the chip lead for a hot minute before his remarkable final table run ended when his pocket sixes were smushed by Pavel Veksler's pocket nines. He banked a smidge below €90K.
With three to go, it came down to the trio of Pavel Veksler, Stoyan Obreshkov, and Franco Spitale.
Argentina's Franco Spitale hit the bricks in third place, but he secured a six-figure score worth €135K. His elimiantion set up the heads-up heavyweight bout between Pavel Veksler and Stoyan Obreshkov.
Heads-up became a battle of Ukraine vs. Bulgaria. But before the fought to the death, the chopped up the cash and then went after each other.
Pavel Veksler from Ukraine etched his name in the record books as the 2021 Irish Poker Open Main Event champion. He also secured a sick deal worth a buck less than €266K. That buys a truck load of Guinness.
2021 Irish Poker Open Main Event
Prize Pool: €1.88 million
Final Table Results:
1. Pavel Veksler (Ukraine) €265,999**
2. Stoyan Obreshkov (Bulgaria) €224,768**
3. Franco Spitale (Argentina) €135,482
4. Andreas Berggren (Sweden) €89,896
5. Eduards Kudrjavcevs (Estonia) €61,228
6. Julian Adamson (Germany) €46,742
7. Victor Bonifacio (Brazil) €36,241
8. Justin Ouimette (Canada) €28,776
9. Justus Held (Austria) €22,480
** heads-up deal