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Daniel Wilson Wins the 2016 Irish Open for €150,000

Daniel Wilson


  • Daniel Wilson tops a field of 802 players to be crowned the 2016 Irish Open champion.

Daniel Wilson is the latest in a long list of players who have won the Irish Open after he topped a field of 802 players in the 2016 edition, a fantastic victory that added €150,000 to his lifetime winnings.

2016 Irish Open Final Table Results

1Daniel Wilson€150,000
2Michael Conaty€85,000
3Tomas Soederstroem€52,000
4Vegard Ropstad€36,500
5David Costello€28,500
6Petr Vejmelka€22,500
7Brian Nolan€18,000
8Igor Arkhipov€14,475
9Michael Rossiter€12,150

The fourth and final day’s play commenced at 2:00 p.m. on March 28 with only 14 of the 802 entrants in contention for the title. Within 30-minutes of the restart, Rokas Barzdzius, Cristian Ionut, Jay O’Toole, and Stefano Vellisario bust to leave the tournament on the final table bubble.

An hour later, a straight-over-straight set up hand involving Peter Eichhardt and Michael Conaty resulted in the former being all-in and eliminated from the tournament, leaving the final table of nine, with the official final table starting with eight players.

2016 Irish Open Final Table

1Petr VejmelkaCzech Republic2,400,000
2Daniel WilsonIreland4,000,000
3David CostelloIreland1,800,000
4Tomas SoederstroemSweden1,950,000
5Vegard RopstadNorway975,000
6Igor ArkhipovRussia2,500,000
7Michael ConatyIreland6,200,000
8Michael RossiterIreland2,180,000
9Brian NolanIreland1,350,000

Daniel Wilson found pocket aces to send both Michael Rossiter and Igor Arkhipov to the rail in a double elimination. Wilson min-raised to 160,000 with {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}, Arkhipov three-bet all-in for 1,460,000 with {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}, and a micro-stacked Rossiter called off his 145,000 chips with {Q-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. A final board reading {5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades}{9-Clubs} left Wilson’s hand as the best and ended the hopes and dreams of his two all-in opponents.

Another 70-minutes passed by without an elimination, with Brian Nolan’s exit halting that pause in bust outs. At the 50,000/100,000/10,000a level, Wilson raised to 210,000, Nolan shoved for 1,200,000, and Wilson called. It was {A-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} for Nolan and {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} for Wilson, the latter improving to a set on the {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} flop, a flop that gifted Nolan some outs to an open-ended straight draw. The {Q-Spades} turn was not on of Nolan’s outs, and neither was the {4-Hearts} river, which sent Nolan home in seventh place.

A few minutes after Nolan’s demise, a second double elimination occurred. Conaty min-raised to 200,000, Petr Vejmelka reraised all-in for 1,710,000 from the button, David Costello then moved all-in from the big blind for 2,460,000 and Conaty called to put both all-in players at risk.

Vejmelka: {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Costello: {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}
Conaty: {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}

Conaty and his fans on the rail pleaded for a “king ball” are their demands were answered on the {K-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop. These community cards were followed by the {8-Hearts} turn and {6-Spades} river to leave only four players in the hunt for the 2016 Irish Open trophy.

Those four became three as the clocks approached 9:00 p.m. when Wilson’s {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs} triumphed against Vegard Ropstad’s dominating {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} when the five community cards fell {q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{8-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}.

One hand later, Wilson raised to 250,000 (blinds 60,000/120,000/20,000a) and then called when Tomas Soederstroem moved all-in from the button for 1,900,000. Wilson showed {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} and was flipping versus his Swedish opponent’s {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. Soederstroem’s eight remained best on the {J-Clubs}{3-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop, but the {A-Spades} turn and {10-Diamonds} river improved Wilson to a pair of aces, sending the tournament into the heads-up stages.

Wilson went into the heads-up battle with 14,840,000 chips to Conaty’s 9,025,000 and before a hand was played, they discussed a deal that would leave €6,500 for the eventual winner. Those negotiations broke down and play resumed.

Conaty enjoyed the best of the early confrontations and managed to pull almost level before Wilson made it 500,000 to early into Level 33 (100,000/200,000/30,000a), Conaty responded with a 1,400,000 three-bet, only to see Wilson make it 2,900,000 to continue. Conaty pushed all-in for 9,000,000 chips, Wilson called, and the cards were revealed.

Wilson: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}
Conaty: {9-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

Once again it would be a coinflip that would settle a major poker tournament, a coinflip that went Wilson’s way courtesy of the {A-Spades}{5-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} board. Conaty bust in second place, leaving Wilson to secure the 2016 Irish Open title.

Data and lead image courtesy of the Irish Poker Open live updates team

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