The Irish Open Online €1,100 Main Event is off to a huge start at partypoker. The tournament’s first starting flight has already attracted more than 82% of the €1 million guarantee.
A total of 822 entered Day 1A on Sunday, bringing the accumulated prize pool so far to €822,000. Two starting flights remain with Day 1B on April 4 and Day 1C the following day.
“The size of the field in Day 1A of the 2021 Irish Open Online Main Event tells a very compelling story of how popular this festival really is,” partypoker head of poker room management Chris Donnachie said.
“When we ran the first ever Irish Open Online in April last year, Day 1A attracted 831 players during a period of severe lockdown restrictions. To be just nine players short of that target at a time when the social landscape is very different is a result we are extremely happy with.”
The entire series runs through April 7 and comes with a €3.1 million guarantee. Numerous nice events still remain on the schedule.
Players score with partypoker satellites
For the Main Event, partypoker offers players of all bankrolls an opportunity to participate. On Sunday, 116 of those playing won entries through a mega satellite held earlier in the day.
The site runs satellite events starting at just €0.01 with tickets won in each week’s Sunday finals. Players can go from the centrolls to the €1.10 buy-in Phase 1. From there, they advance to the €11 Phase 2, before progressing to the weekly final.
There is no direct buy-in to the final, so no player reaching that stage has to pay more than €11 to do so. Three more finals run this week ahead of Day 1B, with a total of 40 tickets for the Main Event.
Even more seats are up for grabs, including 100 tickets into another Day 1B mega satellite. Players can also buy into that event directly for €109. Here’s a look at the complete Irish Open Online series.
2021 partypoker Irish Open Online
Date # Event Day Format Buy-In Guarantee
March 31 #13 The Hendon Mob Championships Day 1 8-Max €275 €50,000
March 31 #13 The Mini Hendon Mob Championships Day 1 8-Max €33 €15,000
March 31 #14 6-Max Omaha - 6-Max PLO €320 €30,000
March 31 #14 Mini 6-Max Omaha - 6-Max PLO €33 €5,000
March 31 #06 Grand Prix Ireland Day 1D 8-Max PKO €55 -
April 1 #15 6-Max Day 1 6-Max €320 €50,000
April 1 #15 6-Max Day 1 6-Max €33 €15,000
April 1 #16 Omaha Knockout - 6-Max, PLO, PKO €215 €30,000
April 1 #16 Mini Omaha Knockout - 6-Max, PLO, PKO €22 €5,000
April 1 #06 Grand Prix Ireland Day 1E 8-Max PKO €55 -
April 2 #17 The JP Masters Day 1A 8-Max, PKO €530 €250,000
April 2 #06 Grand Prix Ireland Day 1F 8-Max PKO €55 -
April 2 #18 7-Max Turbo - 7-Max €162 €20,000
April 3 #17 The JP Masters Day 1B 8-Max, PKO €530 -
April 3 #06 Grand Prix Ireland Day 1G 8-Max PKO €55 -
April 3 #19 6-Max Turbo - 6-Max, PKO €162 €25,000
April 4 #17 The JP Masters Day 1C 7-Max, PKO €530 -
April 4 #17 The JP Masters Day 2 8-Max, PKO - -
April 4 #04 Main Event Day 1B 8-Max €1,100 -
April 4 #20 Omaha High Roller - 7-Max PLO €1,050 €100,000
April 4 #20 Mini Omaha High Roller - 7-Max PLO €109 €15,000
April 4 #06 Grand Prix Ireland Day H 8-Max PKO €55 -
April 4 #21 6-Max Hyper - 6-Max €265 €25,000
April 5 #04 Main Event Day 1C 8-Max €1,100 -
April 5 #06 Grand Prix Ireland Day 1I Turbo 7-Max PKO €55 -
April 5 #04 Main Event Day 2 8-Max - -
April 5 #04 Mini Main Event Day 1A 8-Max €109 €100,000
April 5 #06 Grand Prix Ireland Day 2 8-Max PKO - -
April 5 #22 Second Chance Turbo - 7-Max €530 €50,000
April 5 #22 Mini Second Chance Turbo - 7-Max €55 €10,000
April 6 #04 Main Event Day 3 8-Max - -
April 6 #04 Mini Main Event Day 1B 8-Max €109 -
April 6 #23 Super High Roller Day 1 7-Max €5,200 €250,000
April 6 #06 Grand Prix Ireland Final Day 8-Max PKO - -
April 6 #24 High Roller Turbo - 7-Max €2,100 €100,000
April 7 #04 Main Event Final Table 8-Max - -
April 7 #04 Mini Main Event Final Day 8-Max - -
April 7 #25 The Closer - 6-Max, PKO €265 €40,000
Action from partypoker Main Event Day 1A
After Day 1A, Belarus’ Artsiom Prostak led the field with a stack of 5.74 million chips. Overall, 123 players moved on to Day 2.
Team partypoker members also found some success. Isaac Haxton and Patrick Leonard finished in the top 10 with Louise Butler also qualifying for Day 2.
“The Irish Open Online is my favorite festival of the year,” Butler said
“All Irish players dream of winning an Irish Open event and the satellite system at partypoker means that winning an event is a real possibility for players of all bankrolls.”
Another interesting name emerged to advance to Day 2. Four-time super middleweight boxing champion Carl Froch, also a Team partypoker player, moved on after Day 1A.
Day 2 is scheduled for April 5 following Day 1C earlier the same day. Day 3 plays out on April 6 with the final table on April 7.
This year’s series follows the success of the Irish Open Online 2020, which paid out €5.6 million. Brazil’s Pablo Brito Silva claimed the Main Event title, topping a field of 2,945 players to win €462,100. Silva was one of 22 champions who won events in the series.