The 2013 BoylePoker International Poker Open (IPO) Dublin Main Event is down to only 15 players after an explosive day of poker on Sunday. Day 2 of the tournament started with 560 players and some 15 hours later, all but 15 players had fallen by the wayside.
The all-important money bubble burst around eight hours into Day 2’s proceedings and the unfortunate soul who burst it and set the cash flowing was Vivienne Barber, the 155th place finisher. Barber’s exit left the remaining 154 players in the money with the likes of John O’Shea (134th for €440), Chris Dowling (111th for €495), Mick McCloskey (95th for €550), and Daragh Davey (57th for €685) to lock in a profit in this tournament.
€2,250 is the amount of prize money each of the 15 returning players have locked up, however with €50,550 awaiting the eventual champion, none of the players are going to be happy taking home the bare minimum on the third and final day.
In pole position going into the final day’s play is Michael Murray and his 7,530,000 stack. We could not find any live tournament cashes on record for Murray so it is fair to say that this could be the biggest day of his poker career to date.
Murray is in experienced company in these later stages of the IPO Dublin Main Event, with one of the most experienced players in the world starting the day sixth in chips.
Andy Black has a superb record in Ireland-based tournaments including a final table appearance at the 2012 Irish Open that netted him €32,700. It is Black’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) exploits that he better known for, Black of course finished fifth in the 2005 WSOP Main Event for a cool $1,750,000. Although Black cannot win anywhere near that much money in this tournament, taking down a major event in Dublin would rank highly with the popular pro and he has to be one of the favourites to do just that when Day 3 begins.
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Day 3 kicks off at 1:00 p.m and continues until one man has in his possession, all of the chips that are in play. Who will that players be? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Tuesday to find out.