Niall Smyth wins Irish Open 2011 for €550k

Niall Smyth wins Irish Open 2011 for €550k

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Local player Niall Smyth pulled a double whammy yesterday by not only winning the Irish Open for €550,000 but also being the Sole Survivor and netting an extra €100,000 from the bookies-slash-poker room.

The Sole Survivor promotion was available to anyone who qualified for the event at with the last qualifier standing taking home the six-figure prize boost. Smyth had his extra €100,000 locked up when Karl Rudwall was eliminated in sixth place and went on to win by defeating Surindar Sunar heads-up.

This marks the first time that the Sole Survivor has also taken home the championship – last year the last remaining qualifier busted in fourth place – and Smyth will certainly be glad he qualified for the event at instead of any other site. This is also the second time that a Smyth has won the event after Marty Smyth’s title in 2007. The latter Smyth made a deep run in this event too; just missing out on the final table along with JP Kelly, Jude Ainsworth and tenth-place finisher Andy Black.

The full final table payouts were as follows:

1.Niall Smyth - €550,000 (plus €100,000 Sole Survivor prize from
2.Surindar 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

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Tags: Niall Smyth, Surindar Sunar, JP Kelly, Jude Ainsworth, Andy Black