The last time Griffin Benger grabbed the headlines was when he claimed Event 8 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2016 for his career’s top score of $1,250,190 and on a more controversial note, for his conflict with loud-mouth William Kassouf at the WSOP Main Event.
Benger is back with another title win at the 2017 Irish Open Dublin, where he outlasted a colossal field of 1,129 for a prize of €200,000. Though a pro took home the title, players of poker in India again were among the top finishers, with Vamshi Vandanapu ending up in fourth for €50,000 and Sameer Singh finishing in sixth-place for €25,000.
The event had a total prize pool of €1,128,294 with the top 135 finishers winning money.
Final Table Review
The ultimate nine were hard at work making eliminations and an interesting face-off took place between both the Indians, which culminated in Sameer’s tournament demise. The hand witnessed Sameer Singh with Ace-Six against Vamshi’s Ace-Jack on a blank board that heralded the former’s exit.
An elimination later, Vamshi Vandanapu met his own end when his King-Queen failed against Mihail Mazilu’s black Aces and Vamshi was knocked out at fourth place.
Benger had been lying low and emerged to eliminate Chris Dowling at third place, to finally face Mazilu in a heads-up duel.
Mazilu had the chip lead with 20,795,000, while Benger had only 13,050,000, but the latter soon reversed the scenario in a crucial hand, with his Five-Four suited that formed a straight on the board with Mazilu having overbet with a couple of eights.
Benger further went on to pressurize Mazilu, once he obtained the lead and soon enough the final hand arrived.
Benger check-raised with when the flop reveraled . Mazilu went all-in with and Benger called. The turn and river were quite decisive with & , cementing the deal for Benger and Mazilu made a runner-up finish for €125,000.
Final Table Results
1. Griffin Benger - €200,000
2. Mihail Mazilu - €125,000
3. Chris Dowling - €75,000
4. Vamshi Vandanapu - €50,000
5. Antony Wickert - €35,000
6. Sameer Singh - €25,000
7. Fintan Hand - €19,445
8. Michael Conaty - €15,750
9. Michael Fletcher - €13,500
The World Poker Tour India edition has successfully concluded and has been regarded by many as a trailblazing event for poker in India
The Casino Deltin Royale is currently playing host to the inaugural WPT India, a tournament which has so far attracted many enthusiasts of poker in India.
Fans of poker in India can rejoice in the fact that Team India is performing splendidly at the series.