Ladbrokes Poker Million Final Table Set: Will Marty Smyth be third time lucky? Plus more news
Poker Million Final Tonight
The last three finalists have been confirmed for tonight's Ladbrokes Poker Million live final table, and there is a distinctly Irish theme to it. 4 of the 6 finalists are Irish, WSOP Bracelet holder Marty Smyth (Belfast), Liam Flood (County Kildare) who is also no stranger to Poker Million, new kid on the block and recent ECOOP champion Eoghan O'Dea (Dublin) and Ciaran O'Leary (Dublin) a 2007 WSOP bracelet winner, join LEOCOP Masters Freeroll winner Kevin Allen (London) and perhaps the luckiest man in poker today, Norwegian, Svein Nielsen who won the very last seat in the Poker Million VII semi finals in the Ladbrokes Chase the Chair Freeroll in November.
This really is a final table to die for, with a very distinct mix of players. We have two WSOP bracelet winners, a European Open winner, an online ECOOP champion and two Ladbrokes qualifiers representing the excellent value promotions that got them there. Flood and Smyth are both veterans in the TV tournament format, and Smyth must be the favourite having made this final a staggering 3 times in a row.
Edward Ihre, Managing Director of Ladbrokes Poker said: "The line-up will make for an excellent final. Who knows what happens when you get two 'Poker Million' veterans a couple of WSOP Bracelets holders, an internet champ who's running hot and a couple of Freeroll qualifiers. This will be a poker game at its most extreme!"
You can catch all the action live on Sky Sports 3 from 7pm, as well as bet on the event at Ladbrokes.
Odds and Chip Counts
Ciaran O'Leary (4/1) — 339,000
Eoghan O'Dea (11/4) – 339,000
Marty Smyth (7/2) – 282,000
Liam Flood (9/2) – 237,000
Kevin Allen (11/2) – 224,000
Svein Petter Nielsen (8/1) – 179,000
Irish Poker Championships to kick off 2009
Sticking with the Irish theme a bit longer, the first major festival of 2009 is going to be the Party Poker Irish Poker Championships in Galway between the 2nd and 5th of January. The €2,000 main event has attracted a lot of interest, including Mike Sexton, the Devilfish, Mickey Wernick and Neil Channing. The local contingent includes Marty Smyth, Liam Flood, Andy Black and Padraig Parkinson (And presumably everyone else from the Poker Million final table, should they run good).
On Sunday 4th January at 9pm there will be a special charity event 'Poker for the Homeless,' where a percentage from each buy-in goes to worthy charities in Dublin and Galway.
You can still book your place in the main event at Party Poker with daily feeders to the $275 satellite every Sunday.
EPT Prague Bubble Bursts
570 have become 32, as the bubble has well and truly bust on the last big European tournament of the year, the Pokerstars.net EPT Prague. Most of the big names have been eliminated from the field leaving a group of relatives unknown to fight it out until we have a final table today. Frederick Nygard is currently leading the pack, and long time chip leader Ludovic Lacay went into today 2nd in chips but was one of the first players to bust out. Still in the field, however, is WSOP and EPT winner Sebastian Ruthenberg, who will be trying to make history by adding a second EPT title to his trophy cabinet in less than a year.
You can catch every chip count and bust out directly via our exclusivelive updates section.
1 Million Guaranteed at Paradise Poker
This weekend sees a fantastic value tournament with a huge chance of an overlay. Paradise Poker are hosting a €1000+€50 main event with a €1 million guarantee and an estimated €200,000 going to the winner. Anyone who makes the final table will also receive a sponsorship package worth €10,000.
There are currently less than 300 players registered for this event, which could mean massive value come Sunday night. You can win your seat online for next to nothing at a number of daily qualifiers, exclusive to Paradise Poker.