The Irish Poker Open is Europe’s longest running tournament series and second longest in the world after WSOP. The IPO ran from 15th to 22nd April this year at Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Headlining the action was €1,150 NLHE Main Event that featured a €1 Million guaranteed prize pool.
The Main Event kicked off on 17th April and four starting flights saw 1,807 strong field build up ensuring that the event smashed its guarantee with total prize pool reaching €1,805,870. Claiming the share of prize money at record breaking event was Weijie Zheng. He had made a deep run at the event last year as well where he finished at 69th place. Entering the 9-handed final table with massive chip lead of 16,970,000. His aggression took him all the way to the heads-up play where he defeated Dave Masters to win the trophy and €300,000 cash prize that came with the title.
The money bubble burst on Day 2 guaranteeing the 223 remaining players at the very least a min-cash worth €1,750. By the end of the play, only 96 runners bagged a stack for Day 3. When play was halted on Day 3, Zheng was standing tall with 16.97 Million in chips. It’s almost double the no of chips as his competitor Max Silver who was holding a stack of 8.53 Million.