2021 World Series of Poker Europe

Jamie Cusack Crowned 2021 Unibet IPO Main Event Champion

Jamie Cusack

Ireland’s Jamie Cusack bagged himself the biggest poker prize of his career when he triumphed in the €300 buy-in International Poker Open (IPO) Main Event, sponsored by Unibet Poker. Cusack returned home with €46,590 and the title of champion after navigating his way through a 974-strong field at Dublin’s Bonnington Hotel.

2021 Unibet IPO Main Event Final Table Results

1Jamie Cusack€46,590
2Ray Bryant€28,300
3Craig Smith€20,000
4Dominik Znasik€15,060
5Will McComb€11,880
6Peter Wigglesworth€8,910
7Fotios Ntamaris€6,350
8Pat Bermingham€4,390
9Simon Dunevein€3,480

Only 164 of the 974 starters made it through to Day 2, with 119 places paid. Jay O’Toole was the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble, locking in a min-cash of €560 for the surviving players.

Players including Patrick Clarke, Antonis Poulengeris, Jude Ainsworth, and Unibet Poker ambassadors David Lappin and Dara O’Kearney all saw a return on their investments.

The final day started with ten players but was reduced to the nine-handed final table when Daniel Fox crashed out in tenth, a finish worth €2,850.

Simon Dunevein was the first finalist out of the door before Pat Bermingham went from hero to zero and crashed out in eighth-place. Bermingham, the 2015 IPO Limerick champion, sat down at the final table with the chip lead but could not build on his earlier success.

Fotios Ntamaris saw his tournament end in a seventh-place finish worth €6,350. British poker stalwart Peter Wigglesworth fell in sixth-place for €8,910, the last payment not to weigh in at five-figures. The score pushes Wigglesworth’s live earnings towards the $550,000 mark.

Five-Figure Scores For Everyone

Until this event, Will McComb’s largest live poker score tipped the scales at €1,700 but now he can brag of an €11,880 prize. McComb committed his last 11 big blinds with ace-seven of clubs, and could not get there against Ray Bryant’s ladies.

Fourth-place and €15,060 went to Dominik Znasik of Slovenia. Znasik got frisky with pocket three and bet all three streets of a draw-heavy board only for Cusack to check-call all the way having turned a straight with king-jack.

A €20,000 score made its way to Craig Smith. Cusack opened to 600,000 with jack-nine, and called when Smith three-bet shoved with king-four of spades. Cusack flopped an open-ended straight draw but Smith now had a flush draw. A jack on the turn put Cusack in front but there were many rivers that he did not want to see. The king of diamonds was not one of them, and Cusack eliminated Smith.

Cusack held a substantial lead over Bryant going into heads-up but Bryant fought valiantly. it was all over when Bryant raised to 750,000 with pocket fours, and Cusack looked down at queens. Cusack raised to 1,500,000 and quickly called when Bryant jammed his 10,000,000 stack into the middle.

The ten-high all diamond flop kept Cusack’s queen ahead, with the king of diamonds turn completing a flush for him and locking in the title. The inconsequential five of diamonds completed the board.

Cusack’s previous best result was a €3,605 score for a cash in the 2016 Irish Open Main Event. Now he has a €46,590 haul on his poker CV, in addition to the title of 2021 IPO champion.

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