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Griffin Benger didn’t win the 2016 WSOP Main Event but earlier today he won an event that’s been running nearly as long.
The former Counter-Strike pro closed out 2017 edition of the long-running Irish Poker Open for a €200k payout.
Benger outlasted a record-breaking field of 1,029 players, which was the most ever to play the storied tournament.
It’s not the first time Benger has finished a highly-publicized event in spectacular fashion.
Benger Edges Moldovan Mike Heads-Up
The eight-player final table didn’t feature a lot of high-profile poker pros but eventual heads-up opponent Mihail “Moldovan Mike” Mazilu proved to be a resilient opponent for Benger.
Benger started the final table very strong and quickly chipped away at Anthony Wickert’s chip lead.
It was at this point that Mazilu nailed a much-needed double up with pocket sixes over Benger’s A♣ J♠.
In the hand Benger hit top pair on the J♣ 8♦ 5♠ flop. Mazilu moved all-in and Benger snapped him off with the superior hand.
Unfortunately for Benger, Mazilu managed to spike a miracle seven on the river to get the check mark and move all the way up to second in chips.
Benger wouldn’t be denied, however, and found a way to battle back. The Toronto native entered heads-up play against Mazilu at a nearly 2-1 chip disadvantage.
Benger flopped a straight against Mazilu’s pocket eights and that was enough to flip the 2-1 chip disadvantage the other way.
It didn’t take much longer for Benger to close out the tournament and claim the €200k first-place prize. Mazilu had to settle for €125k.
Here’s a complete look at the final-table payouts:
1. Griffin Benger €200,000
2. Mihail Mazilu €125,000
3. Chris Dowling €75,000
4. Vamshi Vandanapu €50,000
5. AntonyWickert €35,000
6. Sameer Singh €25,000
7. Fintan Hand €19,445
8. Michael Conaty €15,750