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Irishman Wins Europe's Biggest Poker Event
Irishman John Gray took down what has become Europe's largest poker event this week.
The €180+€20 buy-in Boylepoker.com International Poker Open drew another massive 1,293-player field and the win was worth €50,600 to Gray.
Running Oct. 15-17 with two starting days at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, the field was a solid mix of amateurs, Internet qualifiers, celebrities, and veteran pros including Marty Smyth, Neil Channing, Surinder Sunar, Liam Flood, Andy Black, "Mad" Marty Wilson, Padraig Parkinson, and the voice of poker in Europe, Jessie May.
A total of 121 players were paid out of a €252,740 prize pool, which included €20,000 added by Boylepoker.
The 2009 IPO set the record for the largest tournament field ever assembled outside of the United States at 1,440 players.
This year, the final table took almost 10 hours with Gray entering in the middle of the pack.
He beat fellow Irishman Eddie Landy heads-up when his pocket jacks held against a flush draw.
"I feel great, it's a bit surreal," he said moments after. "I don't know what to think, I can't believe it but it will probably sink in tomorrow."
Here's how the final table finished up:
1st John Gray €50,600
2nd Eddie Landy €33,683
3rd Aidan Connolly €23,538
4th Gavin Flynn €17,735
5th Vincent Cosgrave €13,944
6th Conor Reddy €11,416
7th Craig Borrer €9,395
8th Leon Pascal €7,057
9th Daniel Ward €4,618