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Pavel Veksler Wins the Irish Open Main Event at partypoker (€266,000)

Pavel Veksler

Ukraine's Pavel Veksler outlasted a field of 1,880 entrants to ship the 2021 Irish Open €1,100 Main Event for €266,000 after agreeing to a heads-up deal with Bulgaria's Stoyan Obreshkov (second - €224,769).

The event was another massive success at partypoker with the prize pool reaching a whopping €1,880,000 to smash the generous €1 million guarantee.

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

2021 Irish Open Main Event Final Table Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Pavel VekslerUkraine€266,000*
2Stoyan ObreshkovBulgaria€224,769*
3Franco SpitaleArgentina€135,483
4Robin Andreas BerggrenSweden€89,896
5Eduards KudrjavcevsEstonia€61,229
6Julian Edward James AdamsonGermany€46,743
7Victor Hugo BonifacioBrazil€36,241
8Justin OuimetteCanada€28,776
9Justus HeldAustria€22,481

*Reflects heads-up deal at the final table.

Irish Open Main Event Final Table Recap

Stoyan Obreshkov entered the final table with a big lead on the field with eventual winner Pavel Veksler near the bottom of the chip counts in seventh place.

The entire final was broadcasted live at the partypokerTV Twitch and YouTube channels with James Dempsey and Henry Kilbane commentating the action from beginning to the end with a handful of guests joining the virtual booth including Fintan Gavin, Louise Butler, and Sven McDermott.

It took more than two hours for the first elimination to take place during which time Justus Held, who entered the action in sixth place, got short on chips. Justus (ninth - €22,481) then became the first casualty at the final table when he called off for less than one big blind with king-four and couldn't hold against Obreshkov's jack-ten suited.

partypoker MILLIONS Online Mini Main Event winner Justin Ouimette had high hopes entering the action in second place with more than 100 big blinds. He lost most of this during the first two hours of play before hitting the rail in eighth place for €28,776. He put most of his short-stack in preflop with queen-ten and then coming up short despite pairing the board against Veksler and Victor Bonifacio, who both held ace-jack.

A break took place before a quick trio of eliminations of Eduards Kudrjavcevs (fifth - €61,229), Julian Adamson (sixth - €46,743), and Victor Bonifacio (seventh - €36,241) brought the action down to just four players. Veksler was in first place when four-handed action began with Obreshokov close behind.

Four-handed action lasted for more than an hour until Robin Andreas Berggren was ousted in fourth place for €89,896. It was a huge hand where Berggren three-bet jammed with sixes and didn't get there against Veksler's nines. Veksler held a massive chip lead after the hand with approximately double the stacks held by both of his opponents combined.

Spitale then followed Berggren to the rail to collect the third-place prize when his treys were no match to Obreshkov's pocket rockets.

Heads-Up Action

Stoyan Obreshkov
Runner-up Stoyan Obreshkov collected nearly €200K as part of a heads-up deal.

Veksler began heads-up play with a 2:1 chip advantage. Players agreed to a deal while playing heads-up to reduce the pay jumps between the top two prizes and Veksler increased chip advantage to leave Obreshkov with just 15 big blinds.

Obeshkov then jammed his short-stack with jack-nine and was ousted in second place after he didn't get there against Veksler's ace-four. Thanks to the deal, Obreshkov collected €224,769 instead of the originally scheduled runner-up prize of €198,511, while Veksler collected €266,000 instead of the originally scheduled top prize of €292,256.

Meanwhile, congrats to Pavel Veksler for forever etching his name in the Irish Poker history books with a massive Main Event victory!

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