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Paul Kristoffersson Leads Final 17 in the Irish Winter Festival Main Event

Paul Kristoffersson

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

1stPaul Kristoffersson1,539,000
2ndMathias Puzich1,357,000
3rdOliver Boyce1,280,000
4thBartosz Ciesla711,000
5thJoe O’Donaill700,000
6thSamuel Welbourne688,000
7thPeter Murphy674,000
8thJummy Wan637,000
9thThomas Quaade468,000
10thPatrick Clarke466,000
11thSeamus Doherty455,000
12thRok Rotar370,000
13thShaun Lennon310,000
14thMartin Gallagher274,000
15thPhilip Gidea253,000
16thMark Atkinson154,000
17thMark Wagstaff86,000

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.

Lead image courtesy of the Paddy Power Poker Blog.

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