The World Poker Tour Ireland Main Event has seen the money bubble burst after the 195 players who returned for Day 2 were whittled down to just 36. Leading the way going into the penultimate day of play is Britain's Dave Shallow.
Shallow will be better-known to online enthusiasts as his moniker "Dubai" and his stack is nothing like his surname, his 951,000 chips are enough to lead the rest of the field by almost 80,000. Although a big winner online, particularly in heads-up SNG, Shallow has not been able to reproduce that form in the live arena. His biggest live score to date is for £7,000 which he was awarded for his 15th place finish in the 2005 EPT Main Event in London but he is now on course to completely smash that total by the time play comes to an end later today.
The bubble burst in the early hours of Saturday morning as quickly as it started. Oliver Nilsson and Franck Boyer got their stack in on a flop reading with Boyer holding for middle set but he was in bad shape against the of Nilsson that had flopped a straight. The dealer put out the on the turn and followed that up with another two on the river, improving Boyer to a full house and catapulting him to second place in the chip counts with a stack of 873,000 chips.
With the bubble out of the way play was ended for the day with each of the surviving 36 players going to bed safe in the knowledge that they had locked up no less than €5,550 for their efforts and were only 35 players away from picking up the €202,680 first place prize and becoming a World Poker Tour Champion.
Amongst those who have made it into the money are a whole host of British players and it looks odds on that one of them will be walking away with a WPT title to their name, exciting times. Still in with a chance of glory include Steve Watts, William Dorey, Charles Harvey, Stuart Fox, Shaun Conning, Ross Boatman, Sam Macdonald, Charles Chatta, Mike Hill, Ian Woodley, David Nicholson and Steven Stead.
The very best of luck to you all from everyone at UK PokerNews!
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