Weijie “Jervi” Zheng Takes Down Record-Breaking 2019 Irish Open Main Event for €300,000

Yesterday, the Main Event of the 2019 Irish Open was brought to an end, with Weijie “Jervi” Zheng, who currently resides in Galway, emerging as the winner.

This year, the Irish Open Main Event gathered a record-breaking player field of 1,807 entries who competed for the first-place prize of €300,000 and the prestigious 2019 Irish Open trophy.

Only nine players returned to take their seats on the final day of the Main Event, with Zheng starting the day as a chip leader with 16,970,000 in chips, making his advantage to the rest of his competitors a massive one. Max Silver from the UK was second in chips, with a stack of 8,530,000, and David Crilly was third, with a chip stack of 7,370,000. Last year, Zheng took part in the series’ Main Event but, eventually, remained 69th.

Now, the victory has brought him the largest cash in his career, as he entered the tournament with all-time live winnings of a little over $26,600. This year’s Main Event of the Irish Open surpassed the €1-million guarantee after the record number of 1,807 entries accounted for a prize pool estimated to a total of €1,805,870. The figure represents a massive 34% increase from the prize pool of the 2018 Main Event which was taken down by Ryan Mandara.

Zheng Keeps His Chip Lead throughout Entire Final Day

The final table of the Main Event of 2019 Irish Open started with Zheng holding a massive chip lead to Max Silver, who at the time was second in chips. As a matter of fact, Zheng managed to keep his chip lead over the entire day so that he emerged victorious at the end of the tournament.

Max Silver, on the other hand, started the final day of the event with the second biggest chip stack but he was unable to keep his pace and eventually got to the seventh position in the ranking.

In the end, the heads-up play was between Zheng and Dave Masters, a player, whose aggressive style of play was distinctive throughout the entire Main Event. Eventually, he was unable to break the pace of Zheng and remained on the second position, leaving the trophy in his competitor’s hands, as well as the largest prize pool cash portion.

With Weijie “Jervi” Zheng conquering the first place with a first-place payout of €300,000, David Masters remained on the runner-up position. He was granted a €190,000 prize for his efforts. Thomas Gallagher followed on the third place, getting a monetary prize of €125,000.

The fourth position in the ranking was occupied by Raymond Wheatley, while Sami Agel followed on the fifth. David Crilly remained sixth, and Max Silver and Seamus Cahill got seventh and eighth, respectively.

The 2019 Irish Open was hosted by the CityWest Hotel in Dublin from April 15th to 22nd. A total of 27 other events besides the Main Event were available to players who were willing to try their skills on the poker table.

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Harry Evans

Harry Evans

Harry Evans is a long-year journalist with a passion for poker. Apart from a good game of poker, he loves to write which is why he spent several years as an editor of a local news magazine.
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