Benger leads Irish Open for final day
Monday 3rd April, 2017

Benger leads Irish Open for final day

By Mad Harper

The unofficial final table is set in the Irish Poker Open €1,150 Main Event with 2016 WSOP November Niner Griffin Benger in the lead.  The record-breaking 1,129 entries for this year’s event generated a total prize pool of €1,128,295 – more than double its guarantee. Here are the counts as we go in to the final day at 2pm.


1          Chris Dowling - 1,945,000
2          Michael Conaty - 2,090,000
3          Mihail Mazilu - 1,855,000
4          Griffin Benger - 8,010,000
5          Antony Wickert - 7,630,000
6          Sameer Singh - 1,100,000
7          Michael Fletcher - 1,100,000
8          Vamshi Vandanapu - 2,420,000
9          Fintan Hand 6,895,000


With a super late finish of 5:15am this morning, the final nine decided to return at 2pm to decide who takes home the €200k first prize.


All 113 players returning yesterday were guaranteed at least €2,000 in prize money;  among those who took an earlier-than-desired trip to the cash desk were Benger’s arch rival Will Kassouf, Jude Ainsworth and Ireland’s most successful tournament players Marty Smyth and Andy Black (the latter 15th for €11,250).


Chip leader Benger has experienced the pressure of a WSOP Main Event final table and will be in his element on today’s live stream (broadcast with half an hour delay).  He finished seventh last November for $ 1,250,190. The cards will start being shown face-up as soon as the event loses one more player.


Last year Irish player Dan Wilson took down the Main Event for €150,000 after beating a field of 802 players generating a €801,500 prize pool.


A €500,000 guarantee and legendary atmosphere – including Beer Pong and Shuffleboard – make the Irish Open one of the world’s most prestigious, lively and unmissable poker festivals in the world.

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