David Docherty won the Irish Open main event
The central event of the Irish Open gathered a huge number of participants — 2,491, which is a tournament record. Compared to the previous record, which was set last year, the number of entries increased by about 22%. Scottish player David Docherty won the Irish Open main event, earning 365,000 EUR. Curiously, Docherty got into the tournament thanks to the satellite he won on PokerStars for 109 EUR.
This is Docherty’s biggest result in his career, exceeding the 188,886 USD he received for winning the GUKPT Lutton 2021 main tournament. Thanks to the latest victory, Docherty increased his career earnings to 1 million USD. In addition to the money and the cup, Doherty earned 1,080 CardPlayer rating points.
In the Irish Open main event worth 1,150 EUR, there were four starting flights that stretched over three days. The main actions lasted three more days. The final day started with 16 players remaining in the game. Eugeniu Barbaros led the chip count, while Docherty was ranked 11th. 4-time WSOP champion Benny Glaser, who lost to Declan Rice and took 10th place, did not reach the final table quite a bit.
Docherty and Rice remained in the heads-up
The first to leave the unofficial final was Irishman Jamie Wynne, who had a short stack. Wynne lost to Carl Shaw and earned 36,180 EUR. The 8th place went to Finn Henri Ojala (43,500 EUR), who with A-Q lost to the pocket eights of the finalist of the WSOP 2005 main event Andy Black. Next came Shaw, with A-10 losing to Tom Waters’ A-J. Shaw received 56,500 EUR.
The leader of the start of the day, Eugeniu Barbaros, finished in 6th place when his pocket eights could not beat the pocket kings of Panagiotis Mavritsakis. The Moldovan player earned 73,500 EUR. After that, Andy Black with the bottom pair lost to Declan Rice’s straight and earned 95,500 EUR. Tom Waters put the last 7 blinds with A-10, Rice made a call with A-K. None of the players improved, and Waters went home, earning 124,500 EUR.
The next knockout was made by the future champion. Panagiotis Mavritsakis went all-in for 20 BB with Q-9, but lost to Docherty’s pocket tens. Mavritsakis increased the bankroll by 161,500 EUR.
- David Docherty — 365,000 EUR
- Declan Rice — 228,700 EUR
- Panagiotis Mavritsakis — 161,500 EUR
- Tom Waters — 124,500 EUR
- Andy Black — 95,500 EUR
- Eugeniu Barbaros — 73,500 EUR
- Carl Shaw — 56,500 EUR
- Henri Ojala — 43,500 EUR
Docherty and Rice remained in the heads-up. At that time, the first had 52,350,000 chips, the second had 21,175,000 chips. At the beginning of the game, Rice reduced the gap, and then took the lead. However, he soon lost a key hand. After losing the opponent’s flush, Rice was left with 8 blinds. As a result, Rice went all-in with J-2, and Docherty called with K-10. 8-6-2-8-6 appeared on the board, and Docherty became the champion of the main event of the Irish Open.