Englishman Ryan Mandara has won 2018 Irish Poker Open after outplaying 1,340 players. He defeated Irish poker player Ferdia O'Connell to claim the title.
The tournament registered itself as the second longest running Texas Hold'em competition in the world. When it came to a close on March 18, England's Mandara received the vocal support of the crowd. The spectators saw their favourite taking home the most significant score of his career; they cheered as Mandara finished an eight-hour session with winning straight.
Ryan Mandra won the 2018 Irish Poker Open €1,150 Main Event for €210,000 ($259,201) which was held at Citywest Hotel in Dublin on Sunday, March 18.
The event gave a guaranteed €1 million after witnessing 1,348 entrants to generate a colossal €1,347,164 prize pool. This is a considerable 19 percent increase from last year's Main Event that was won by Griffin Benger for €200,000.
In addition to the Main Event, the festival included many other side events, plenty of ring games, and drinking and partying throughout the festival.
Irish Poker Open champion runner-up took home €180,000 ($222,000). Interestingly, the Irishman started the tournament with a single and went further after $0.01 qualifier.
Before this tournament, the Irishman only had won small amounts of cash in three live events.
Taking advantage of the satellites offered by event sponsor PartyPoker, O’Connell was able to prove himself and get a massive return on investment. He showed the world that the Moneymaker-esque achievements are still possible.
Away from Irish Poker Open's main event, the festival also offered the extravaganza of small buy-in tournaments, cash game, and frivolities.
The mini-tournament, a part of the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations, players exchange chips for pints and ping pong balls in a battle of alcohol tolerance and coordination. These extracurricular festivities have become the tradition of the Irish Poker Open and are immensely popular among the players.
This year's festival was a huge success on social media as well.