It is final table day for the 2013 PaddyPowerPoker Irish Open after the 505 entrants were whittled down to just eight players over the course of three days. The man who is in pole position for the €265,000 first place prize is Tom Brady.
Brady, pictured after winning the 2012 Irish Poker Open, ended the penultimate day with a tournament-leading stack of 3,674,000 chips, around half-of-a-million more than his nearest rival Calvin Anderson (3,618,000). Brady and Anderson will be joined at the final table by Namir Mohammed (2,898,000), Ian Simpson (1,451,000), Adam Fallon (1,370,000), Declan Connolly (1,193,000), Mark Davis (684,000) and Michael Farrelly (683,00).
Each of the eight finalists has secured a payday of at least €14,300 but for three of them there is much more at stake. Anderson, Fallon and Connolly are still vying for the Sole Survivor award. Those three players either qualified for this tournament at PaddyPowerPoker or bought in using their PaddyPowerPoker accounts and received entry into the Sole Survivor competition. Whichever of the trio is the last player standing out of the three will win an additional €50,000 in cash and seats to the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event and entry to the 2014 Irish Open!
Play resumes at 14:00 and will continue until one man has won all of the chips that are in play. There will be a live stream hosted at PokerTube where Jesse May will be in the commentary booth, while those of you who prefer the traditional hand updates can head over to the dedicated Irish Open blog.