Benny Glaser Blasts Through Final Table to Win Luxon Pay €5,000 High Roller (€106,980)

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The Luxon Pay €5,000 High Roller, which took place at the Royal Society Dublin as part of the PokerStars and PaddyPower sponsored 2023 Irish Open, has now concluded.

A total of 84 entrants registered, making for a total prize pool of €389,025. Benny Glaser won the event and earned himself a trophy and €106,980.

Glaser had an average stack with a few tables remaining and, at one point, looked destined to crash out of the event. He dropped down to less than 10 big blinds before mounting a victorious comeback following several double-ups and eliminations.

Glaser won the heads-up battle against Roberto Romanello in just one hand. It was a simple shove and call situation, which saw Glaser's king-ten come out on top. Romanello had to settle for second place and collected the €76,055 runners-up prize.

Waheed Ashraf, who held a steady chip lead for much of the latter stages, finished third for €49,795. Michael Wilklow came fourth and Arto Mansner finished in fifth place.

Final Table Results Luxon Pay €5,000 High Roller

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom€106,980
2Roberto RomanelloUnited Kingdom€76,055
3Waheed AshrafUnited Kingdom€49,795
4Michael WilklowUnited States€38,320
5Arto MansnerFinland€30,345
6Paul HoferGermany€23,730
7Blake VogdesUSA€18,675
8Mounir TajiouSweden€14,590
9Ewen TrevidyFrance€11,085

The Fall and Rise of Glaser

Benny Glaser
Benny Glaser

Glaser hit a straight early on in the day to double up through Ian Drake and find himself with an average stack. Players were busting left, right and centre at this point as Glaser continued his ascent.

However, that ascent was almost short-lived, as Glaser nearly busted before the money. He got it in behind and paired up on the river to double up and survive moments before Toby Joyce crashed out on the bubble.

Glaser then doubled up again before losing a huge pot to Mansner which once again could have been the beginning of the end for him.

However, once Glaser made the final table, it was all uphill for him. He hit a flush against Mansner to double up, making it the first time he looked to be in serious contention for the title.

Glaser then eliminated Wilklow in fourth place and Ashraf in third place, both times holding pocket aces. With that, play went heads-up between Glaser and Romanello.

Heads-up Over in One Hand

Roberto Romanello
Roberto Romanello

Glaser entered heads-up with a significant chip lead, while Romanello had around 20 big blinds. Still, nobody in the room expected what was to come next.

In the very first hand of heads-up, Romanello shoved from the button with a suited queen-five, and Glaser shrugged his shoulders before making the call with king-ten. He held up, and just like that, the tournament was over. Glaser claimed victory, the trophy and the top prize.

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