A starting field of 161 players turned up for the €3,000 main event here in Dublin, Ireland. With recognised pros from around the UK and Europe everywhere you look and a very attractive structure this one was never going to be over quickly.
Players have been singing the praises of the structure here. A slow clock and generous starting stack meant the organisers originally planned for this event to run for 4 days. However, with only 161 runners entered and almost half of those out after day 1, the tournament was announced as a 3 day affair, the final taking place today (Sunday) just a few hours from now.
What a final this promises to be. After being short stacked early on Saturday evening Hendon Mobster, Ram Vaswani, went into overdrive and this morning sits with a monster chip lead over the other 8 finalists.
It won't be a walk in the park for Vaswani, however. Standing in his way for the €170,000 winners cheque is poker legend Mel Judah. Judah removed the 10th place player in one of the last plays in the early hours this morning. These two giants of the game are surely the short odds favourites to snatch the title this year.
It won't be a surprise to UK readers to learn that Julian Thew is still in contention. Thew put on a masterclass of short stack play last night and despite still being short stacked on 72,000 chips he could yet trouble the big guns.
The final starts at 2pm today.
The final of the first side event also takes place today, the €800 no limit hold'em game attracted 100 runners and an €80,000 prizepool last night. The City West Hotel convention centre easily swallowed this field and the remaining 40 or so players from the main event. This impressive location is to start the second side event at 6pm this evening, running alongside the main event final (should it still be taking place) and the €800 final.
UK Poker News will have all the action and results. Stay tuned.
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