Day 2 of the Paddy Power Poker Irish Winter Festival started with 161 players in the crowd and ended with only 17 vying for the title of champion and the €85,000 prize that comes with such an accolade.
Topping the leader board going into Monday’s third and final day is Paul Kristoffersson of Sweden who had the welcomed problem of figuring out how to fit chip totalling 1,539,000 into the overnight chip bag.
Kritsoffersson, a Malmo resident, has a number of impressive results to his name in the live poker arena. In 2010, Kristoffersson had a deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event where he finished in 202nd place. One month later, Kristoffersson won the Malmo Open for the equivalent of $83,965 and more recently, in August 2013, Kristoffersson finished second in the Malmo Open Main Event and bagged $28,189 for his efforts.
In second place going into the final day’s play is the Day 1 chip leader Mathias Puzich on 1,357,000 chips. Kristofferson, Puzich and Oliver Boyce (1,280,000) were the only players to finish Day 2 armed with a seven-figure stack.
Irish Winter Festival Day 3 Chip Counts
Day 2 was not kind to a number of familiar faces such as those of Amy Trodd, Karl Mahrenholz, Fergal Nealon and reigning Irish Open champion Ian Simpson who all busted before the money. Jason "blahhhhhh666" Tompkins also crashed out but not before he made it into the money places, busting 24th for €2,400.
Each of the returning players sits down today safe in the knowledge that regardless of what happens they will be leaving Dublin with €3,200 in prize money. Should they navigate their way through to the nine-handed final table, that amount increases to a more substantial €6,900. From there, the money awarded skyrockets all the way up to the massive €85,000 first place prize. Play resumes at 12 p.m and continues until the champion is crowned. Which player will secure that colossal sum? Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Tuesday to find out.
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