Pavel Veksler is the partypoker's 2021 Irish Open Main Event champion! The Ukrainian outlasted a field of 1,880 entrants in the €1,100 buy-in tournament and secured himself a big payday of €265,999, after agreeing to a heads-up deal with Bulgaria's Stoyan Obreshkov (2. - €224,769).
It took more than two hours for the first elimination to happen. Justus Held (9. - €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.
Justin Ouimette started the final table in second place with more than 100 big blinds and was one of the biggest favorites for the victory. He lost most of this during the first two hours of play before being eliminated in only 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.
After that, three quick eliminations of Eduards Kudrjavcevs (5. - €61,229), Julian Adamson (6. - €46,743), and Victor Bonifacio (7. - €36,241) brought the action down to just four players.
Berggren held the chip lead going into 4-handed play, but still he was the next player out of the tournament. He 3-bet jammed with his pocket sixes and got called by a higher pair of nines.
Soon after that Franco Spitale ran his pocket threes into aces and was out in 3. place for €135,483.
The remaining heads-up players agreed to a 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.
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