Kevin Vandersmissen has won the 2012 paddypowerpoker.com Irish Open Main Event, taking home the coveted trophy and €420,000. Vandermissen outlasted Thomas Beer in the heads-up play.
With this win, he surpassed his previous live cash record ($260,000 for his runner-up spot at EPT Snowfest in 2011). Vandersmissen, who is from Belgium, has now earned almost $1.5 million from live-tournaments during his career.
Some notable names who made a deep run in the Irish Open this year were Phil Hellmuth (33. €9.400), Freddy Deeb (27. €11.200) and Andy Black (8th €32,700).
Irish Open 2012 final results (players 502, buy-in €3.500):
1st. Kevin Vandersmissen (€420,000)
2nd. Thomas Beer (€225,000)
3rd. David Dean (€158,000)
4th. Ian Simpson (€107,500)
5th. Steve Watts (€78,000)
6th. Jordan Lewis (€59,000)
7th. Samuel Chartier (€44,500)
8th. Andy Black (€32,700)
9th. Philip Magennis (€23,000)
While the Irish Open has now been played down to the winner, the PartyPoker Premier League in the Austrian capital of Vienna, is now down to final eight players.
This $125.000 buy-in event will be televised and the final eight features this year players like Patrik Antonius, Tom "durrrr" Dwan, Daniel "jungelman12" Cates, Sam Trickett and Tony G.
Mathew Frankland 400,000
Daniel "jungleman12" Cates 380,000
Sam Trickett 330,000
Patrik Antonius 320,000
Tony G 300,000
Scott Seiver 300,000
Phil Laak 290,000
Tom "durrrr" Dwan 280,000
The PartyPoker Premier League winner will receive $500.000 plus also a $25.000 seat to the WPT World Championship in Bellagio.
For more information, see the PartyPoker blog.