Martin Olali wins Unibet Open Dublin for €64,110

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Martin Olali wins Unibet Open Dublin for €64,110
06 Mar

England’s Martin Olali emerged triumphant from a brutal final day’s play to scoop the Unibet Dublin Open trophy and €64,110 ($70,207) -  his biggest-ever payday and his second Dublin triumph in 6 months…

The 294 entries to the €1,100 buy-in tournament included Scotland’s winningest player Niall Farrell, and Unibet ambassador Espen Uhlen Jørstad, one of the stars of the One Year, One Million vlogumentary.

A remarkable 4-hour bubble period was followed by the inevitable run of bustouts, Farrell’s going on to take 11th place worth a touch over €5k.

Jørstad was one of eight at the final table, from which England’s Jamie Dixon was first to depart when he ran his pocket fours into Irishman Samuel Baneham’s tens.

After Ciaran Burke fell, it was Jørstad’s turn to commit his short stack, his meagre jack-deuce unable to overcome Irish-based Chinese player Zheng Weijie, the Galway resident looking to add to his Irish Poker Open title from last year.

Unfortunately for Zheng he was next to hit the rail, sixes no good against queens, and when Baneham exited at the hand of Steven Vollers, it left Olali to battle a duo of Dutchmen.

Vollers took out his countryman and took a massive chip lead into the heads-up battle, but Olali fought back well and turned the tables, finishing an epic heads-up duel off with pocket jacks.

The win worth €64,110 was Olali’s second on Irish soil, having also scooped the partypoker Grand Prix in Dublin last August.

Final results

1Martin Olali
€ 64,110
2Steven Vollers
€ 40,020
3Alex Hendriks
€ 27,600
4Samuel Baneham
€ 20,440
5Weijie Zheng
€ 15,730
6Espen Uhlen Jorstad
€ 12,100
7Ciaran Burke
€ 9,680
8Jamie Nixon
€ 7,740

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