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Niall Smyth wins Irish Open and €550,000

2011-04-26 15:22 by Olsdog

The 2011 Irish Open Main Event concluded with Niall Smyth beating Surinder Sunar in an exciting heads-up battle. The heads-up match started with Smyth having 8.8 million chips to Sunar's 3.4 million, but Sunar was able to battle back and take the lead.

However, Smyth was able to fight back and take a 9-1 chip advantage over Sunar. In the end, Smyth (Q-5) forced Sunar all-in (A-9), and rivered a 5 to finish Sunar off and win the €550,000 top prize. After winning, Smyth told reporters, “Unbelievable. I just can”t believe it. It started when I put €10 each way on the winner of the English Grand National, I won €200 euro and now I have €650,000. Surinder is such a great player, my support has been fantastic, and here I am!”

In all, 615 players turned out for the 2011 Irish Open including numerous top pros such as Luke "FullFlush" Schwartz, Padraig Parkinson, David "devilFish" Ulliot, JP Kelly, Andy Black and Sam Trickett. The large turnout created a €1,968,000 prize pool.

Here is a look at the top 10 players:

1. Niall Smyth (€550,000)
2. Surinder Sunar (€290,000)
3. Martin Petri (€180,000)
4. Seamus Cahill (€145,000)
5. Aleksi Savela (€115,000)
6. Karl Rudwall (€85,000)
7. Rob Taylor (€63,000)
8. John Eames (€45,000)
9. Niall McCann (€30,000)
10. Andy Black (€19,400)


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