Day 1 of the Paddy Power Poker Irish Open was something of a marketing dream. A record breaking field, some huge names in attendance and a few legends of the game leading the pack. Day 2 was a journalistic nightmare, the big names fell and players were busting like a £5 rebuy on a Friday night. Never have we seen such fast action in a deepstack tournament and it was impossible to keep a track of the busts and the chip counts which were up and down like a yoyo.
Dan Harrington, Mike Sexton, Mad Marty Wilson, Surinder Sunar and David Benyamine all fell despite such dominating starts, as did up and coming Paul Gourley who was the day 1 chip leader. Roland De Wolfe lost his big stack early but has picked himself up and is gathering momentum again, keep an eye on the WPT/EPT champion today to make some moves towards the final table.
The last hand of the night summed it up really. Jerker Eriksson's Aces vs Danny D'Borin's Kings vs Frank Davis's Queens creating the biggest pot of the night. Amazingly it is Danny D'Borin who gained the most, becoming chip leader from the side pot and now has 450k.
Eriksson and D'Borin are our chip leaders and amongst the other big stacks are Dusk Til Dawn's Paul Zimbler, who was crippled earlier down to 18k but is well over 250,000 going into day 3.
With only 41 players left and the pay bubble very much burst don't expect the action to slow down, we are unsure yet as to whether the final table will start today if we get to it, but get to it early we almost definitely will!
Ed note: Tune in to our Live Reporting page for all the action from Dublin, there is going to be plenty of it!