Irishman Wins Europe's Biggest Poker Event

John Gray
International Poker Open champ John Gray.

Irishman John Gray took down what has become Europe's largest poker event this week.

The €180+€20 buy-in 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


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