April 10 – side event round-up

Gerry Walsh wins €550 JP Poker Masters Championship

Gerry Walsh has won the JP Poker Masters Championship for €23,418 after beating Jarlath Kilgallon heads-up. Walsh’s victory – his biggest live cash – came after a five-way ICM deal which then morphed into three-handed deal. Kilgallon takes home €18,545. There were 347 entries – well up on last year’s field of 302. Overnight chip leader Marius Ignat was fourth for €14,440 while 2022 Americas Cup winner Mor Kamber was seventh for €5,800. Will Kassouf finished 8th for €4,265. The total prize pool was €169,163. More details here.

Chis wins €3k Championship High Roller

Cosmin Chis has won the €3k Championship High Roller for €106,640 after besting a stellar field of 168 entries. After two days of some of the toughest poker we’ve seen yet here at the Irish Open, Chis triumphed after an absolutely gruelling heads-up with Andrew Hulme to claim the €106,640 top prize and shiny trophy.

Chis has good form at this sort of thing – he won the Irish Poker Festival Super High Roller in Killarney last year, and came to this year’s Irish Open fresh off a deep run at the recent European Deepstack. He also went really deep in the Main Event here in 2019, finishing in 34th place back then. Nevertheless, this represents by far the biggest live cash of his career – he fought hard, and he deserves every penny of it. Glory to the new High Roller champion!

A total of 23 players got a share of the €458,640 prize pool including third-placed Michael Kane, who won the €350 Heads-up Championship earlier in the week and Waheed Ashraf – who was third in the €5k High Roller.

Paul Rigg wins €350 Championship PLO 6-Max

Congratulations to Paul Rigg, our official €350 PLO 6-Max Champion. When play reached four-handed, Rigg plus Nicklas Dehli, Syed Zaidi and Stehen Ward cut an ICM deal and it was all over – with Rigg taking the €9,455 top prize and the trophy. Carl Dobrzelewski, who was runner-up in the very first event of the festival and 34th in The Hendon Mob, finished fifth for €4,065. Overnight chip leader John McGinn from Ireland was seventh for €2,335. Others who made the money included Frode Fragerli, Andrew Grimason, Adam Bromley and June Jenkins. There were 195 players in total creating a prize pool of € 58,930. For more details, check out the Irish Open blog.

Antonius Samuel wins €350 Liam Flood Memorial 6-Max Turbo Championship

Congratulations to Antonius Samuel who polished off the final table of the €350 Liam Flood Memorial 6-Max Turbo Championship in fairly short order, riding the waves of short-stacked variance to emerge exhausted (probably). He won €15,312 and probably still had time to get to the players’ party.  There were 211 entrants in the festival favourite generating a prize pool of €63,774.

The tournament is held every year in memory of Liam Flood, who ran the Irish Open for many years before he died in 2014.