Weijie Zheng Leads Main Event Final Table in Monster Style; Max Silver Trails in Second

You’ve sweated the €1,000,000 guarantee (no sweat, really; it was crushed early on).  You’ve seen 1,807 players enter the €1,150 Main Event (some of them multiple times).  You’ve watched the money bubble burst at 223, and cash handed out left and right over the last two days.  You might even have taken part in the epic beer pong tournament or the days and nights of partying if you’ve been at Citywest this week.

Now we’re ready to crown the 2019 Irish Poker Open champion, with nine players returning tomorrow – well later today, strictly –  to fight for the trophy and €300,000 first prize. Those players:

Weijie Zheng Ireland 16,970,000
Max Silver United Kingdom 8,530,000
David Crilly Ireland 7,370,000
Thomas Gallagher Ireland 5,010,000
Raymond Wheatley Ireland 3,980,000
Steven Alper United Kingdom 3,835,000
Dave Masters Ireland 2,905,000
Sami Agel Luxembourg 2,775,000
Seamus Cahill Ireland 2,775,000


What a history these finalists have here!  Chip leader Zheng won the High Roller last year and is looking for another trophy, this one the most coveted of all.  If you don’t know who second-in-chips Max Silver is: Google is your friend.  He’s already won this year’s High Roller for €45,130 and although he’s been professing tiredness, he cannot be counted out.  Crilly’s top finish in the Main Event here is 19th; he’s crushed that result already – plus, he’s shared a table with Gallagher before in the Grand Prix Killarney 2017 (which he won).  Another notable Irish Poker Open result: Seamus Cahill came fourth in the Main Event in 2011.

They’re all guaranteed one of these glittering prizes:

1 €300,000
2 €190,000
3 €125,000
4 €85,000
5 €63,520
6 €50,000
7 €37,500
8 €27,500
9 €21,000

To see how your busted friend/percentage finished up on Day 3, click here (prizes on tab in the top right).  The Main Event generated a prizepool of €1,805,870, with a min-cash of €1,750.  Now we’re at the business end it’s going to be a riveting old livestream tomorrow, starting at approximately 13:20 to accommodate the cards-up factor here on Twitch.

Today also saw the conclusion of yesterday’s €550 JP Masters and €350 PLO 6-Max.  In the former, Jonathan Bowers took home €28,164 for first place after doing a deal three-handed. The ever-popular event attracted a whopping 365 players, 62 more than last year’s event, and paid out 47 spots.  Top three (with deal):

1 Jonathan Bowers €36,455 €28,164
2 Savvas Sechlidis €23,130 €26,950
3 Christoph Cajochen €16,015 €20,486

All payouts can be seen here.

The PLO was won by Mitch Johnson, who beat a 99-strong field.  Full payouts:

1 Mitch Johnson – €9,120
2 Andrew Grimason – €5,625
3 Thomas Carr – €4,255
4 Sami Sidia – €2,890
5 Niko Heggelmann – €2,130
6 Filip Aleksic – €1,670
7 Joe Beevers – €1,065
8 Alan Kelleher – €1,065
9 Daniel Tighe – €1,065
10 Richard Wild – €760
11 Pierre-Olivier Jandaud – €760

In memory of the Irish Open’s founder, the late, great Gentleman Liam Flood, 165 players paid €250 and in just seven hours of furious 6-max turbo Hold’em, found their last man standing.  Mr. Flood would surely have approved.  Congratulations to John O’Boyle for taking it down, winning €9,070.

Rejoin the blog from 13:00 when we’ll be in sync with the livestream to make sure we don’t boom spoilers out into the interweb before the hands in question have been played and commentated on by the superb duo of Andrew Hedley and Fintan Gavin (plus special guests).  We’ll also pepper the day’s coverage with winners of the last side events of this year’s Irish Open (click here for full schedule).  Over and out.

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