2021 World Series of Poker

Staples and Leonard Advance Into the Final 40 in the Irish Open Main Event at partypoker

Matthew Staples

The €1 million guaranteed Irish Open €1,100 Main Event, the crown jewel of the Irish Open at partypoker, is coming down to its final stretch with the 1,880 entrant field down to just 40 hopefuls in search of the lofty €292,257 top prize.

Russia's Maxim Mamonov bagged the overnight chip lead heading into tonight's penultimate day. Mamonov is known mostly as an online superstar under the "MAMOHT_T" screenname and has over $10 million in online tournament cashes as tracked by PocketFives.

Meanwhile, two partypoker Ambassadors in Matthew Staples and Patrick Leonard both still have their hopes alive.

Read on to learn more about Irish Open Main Event at partypoker.

2021 partypoker Irish Open Main Event Top Ten Leaderboard

PlacePlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Maxim MamonovRussia23,121,626116
2Stoyan ObreshkovBulgaria22,663,600113
3Igor DurselUnited Kingdom18,821,75794
4Victor Hugo BonifacioBrazil18,085,20290
5Justus HeldAustria17,393,07487
6Julian Edward James AdamsonGermany16,540,80083
7Franco SpitaleArgentina14,699,65473
8Luke GeaterIreland12,903,30865
9Pavlo KolinkovskyiUkraine12,762,59064
10Ivan TononiIreland12,752,13464

Mamonov Leads Final 40 in the partypoker Irish Open Main Event

Day 2 kicked off with 280 players remaining, each guaranteed a healthy min-cash of €2,138. Just 40 players remained by the time the closing bell rang after 10 blind levels of 30 minutes each were in the books.

Maxim Mamonov bagged the chip lead with a stack of 23,121,626 with Bulgaria's Stoyan Obreshkov not too far behind with 22,663,600. Igor Dursel, Victor Bonifacio, Justus Held, and Julian Adamson are all closely bunched together between 83 and 94 big blinds and just behind Mamonov and Obreshkov on the chip count leaderboard.

Meanwhile, Luke Geater was the only player in the top 10 waving an Irish flag at partypoker. Others in the top 10 included Franco Spitale, Pavlo Kolinkovskyi, and Ivan Tononi.

Meanwhile, Artsiom Prostak was the chip leader to start Day 2. He managed to survive into Day 3 but has his work cut out for him as he will have the shortest stack in play when the action resumes with a stack of 1,269,196.

partypoker Ambassadors Matthew Staples and Patrick Leonard Advance

Patrick Leonard
Patrick Leonard enters Day 3 in 28th place

Team partypoker will be well represented on Day 2 with both poker streamer Matthew Staples (27th - 6,067,906) and all-around poker boss Patrick Leonard (28th - 5,757,994).

While both of these stacks are below average, they do provide plenty of playable as Leonard pointed out as they have 30 big blinds and 28 big blinds respectfully and the blinds increase slowly on Day 3 with 40-minute levels.

Will the Irish Open Main Event Trophy Stay in Ireland?

One question on some players minds — especially those from Ireland — is whether the trophy will remain on home soil. The hopes of the Emerald Isle are still alive with five players waving the Irish flag at partypoker.

Two of those players were already mentioned in the top 10 in Luke Geater (eighth - 12,903,308) and Ivan Tonini (tenth - 12,752,134). They will be joined by Daniel Smyth (16th - 9,460,506), Gareth Shields (19th - 8,914,746), and Shaun Conroy (23rd - 8,425,972).

Many other Irish players advanced to Day 2 but no further including Day 1b chip leader Marc MacDonnell who finished in 72nd place for €3,522.


Related: Ireland's Marc MacDonnell Bags Big on Day 1b of the partypoker Irish Open Main Event


PlacePlayerChipsBig Blinds
8Luke Geater12,903,30865
10Ivan Tononi12,752,13464
16Daniel Smyth9,406,50647
19Gareth Shields8,914,74645
23Shaun Conroy8,425,97242

Day 3 Kicks Off at 7:05 p.m. BST

The action will resume on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:05 p.m. BST with blinds at 100,000/200,000/25,000a and increase very slowly at every 40 minutes.

Surviving players are each guaranteed at least a €4,984 payout but there will be a payjump right away with the top 39 players guaranteed a bigger €6,202 payday.

Players will battle it out until a nine player final table is reached. The final table will then play out on Wednesday, April 7 until a winner is crowned.

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  • Day 1: 5x $1 SPINS tickets +1x $5.50 MTT ticket
  • Day 2: 1x $3 SPINS tickets +1x $3.30 MTT ticket
  • Day 3: 1x $3 SPINS tickets +2x $3.30 MTT ticket
  • Day 4: 4x $0.25 SPINS tickets +1x $5.50 MTT ticket
  • Day 5: 1x $5 SPINS tickets +1x $3.30 MTT ticket
  • Day 6: 5x $1 SPINS tickets +1x $5.50 MTT ticket

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