The final table of the PokerStars UKIPT Dublin Main Event has been reached as just eight players remain in the €700+€70 buy-in tournament. Although any of the eight players who will return to their seats in the CityWest Hotel at noon today could win this event it is the United Kingdom's Graeme Crozier who is in pole position, his 1,949,000 stack enough to give him the title of chip leader when play restarts.
A quick check of the Hendon Mob database reveals absolutely no information on Crozier so it is safe to say that even if he busts out in eighth place, a finish worth €9,600, he will be picking up the largest large cas of his career so far. Of course, starting first in chips he will be bitterly disappointed not to walk away with the €100,000 first place prize and that coveted UKIPT winner's trophy.
Standing – or should that be sitting – between Crozier and that huge cash prize are seven hopefuls who will certainly be giving their all in Dublin in an attempt to scupper the any plans Crozier has for his win. The best placed to do this is Seamus Birt who will start the day hot on the heels of Crozier with 1,805,000 chips in his stack. Both Padraig O'Neill (1,347,000) and Richard Evans (1,090,000) are the only other players to have made it through to the final table with at least 1,000,000 chips.
Making up the rest of the final table but definitely not just there to make up the numbers are Stephen McGrath (992,000), Lee Atherton (846,000), Keith Swain (282,000 and Vincent Buis (253,000).
Play gets under way at 1200 this afternoon and will continue until one man has won each and every single chip in play and has become UKIPT Dublin champion. Follow the action over on the PokerStars Blog but remember to check back into UK & Ireland PokerNews for a full and detailed recap of the day's proceedings.
UKIPT Dublin Final Table
|Seat 1||Padraig 'Neill||1,347,000|
|Seat 2||Keith Swain||282,000|
|Seat 3||Lee Atherton||846,000|
|Seat 4||Graeme Crozier||1,949,000|
|Seat 5||Stephen McGrath||992,000|
|Seat 6||Seamus Birt||1,805,000|
|Seat 7||Vincent Buis||253,000|
|Seat 8||Richard Evans||1,090,000|
Photo courtesy of the excellent Mickey May
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