One of the most eagerly anticipated tournaments on the live poker calendar is the Paddy Power Poker sponsored Irish Winter Festival in Dublin. Day 1 of the 2013 edition kicked off on Saturday and the tournament proved to still be extremely popular with 341 players buying in for €1,125, creating a €341,000 prize pool as they did so.
Of the 341 players who started the tournament with hopes of bagging themselves the impressive €85,000 first place prize, only 163 managed to keep their hopes and dream alive by progressing to Day 2. Leading all of these players as Day 1 drew to a close was German player Mathias Puzich and his impressive stack of 265,400 chips.
According to the Hendon Mob Database, Puzich has three cashes to his name, the largest coming in February 2013 when he was awarded €3,060 for finishing fourth in the €300 buy-in Mega Poker Series Vienna event. Should Puzich continue in the same rich vein of form in which he started the Irish Winter Festvial, he will be sure to best the score and by some margin, too.
Paul Reaney (213,700), Gary Haggan (211,800), and Neil McCambridge (200,900) were the only other players to end Day 1 with stacks of more than 200,000.
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Day 2 will see the aforementioned players take to the felt in an attempt to make it past the money bubble and on towards the final table along with some familiar faces who are regulars on the UK & Ireland and European circuits. Keep an eye for updates on the likes of Irish Open champion Ian Simpson, “Big” Mick Graydon, Jason Tompkins, and the Posh and Becks of poker Karl Mahrenholz and Amy Trodd.
You will not, however, see last year’s champion Tim Hartmann, WPT National Dublin winner Simon Deadman, online phenom Andrew “stato_1” Hulme, Andy Black or the 1999 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Noel Furlong competing for prizes as each of these luminaries crashed out at various points on Day 1.
Day 2 is already underway and should see the field reduced to a much more manageable level and possibly as far as the final table by the time it ends. Don’t forget too tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday for a recap of the action and to see which players are still in with a chance of becoming the 2013 Irish Winter Festival champion.
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