Dave Pollock takes the narrowest of leads into the final day’s play in the 2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open. €200,000 awaits the champion.
The 2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open Main Event is at its business end after the 59 players who returned to their seats on Day 2 were whittled down to the unofficial nine-handed final table. The name at the top of the chip counts at the start of the finale is that of Dave Pollock, the owner of a 1,700,000 stack.
Although Pollock starts the final day as the chip leader, his reign could be over as early as the completion of the first hand because players such as Liam Chevalier (1,655,000), Barry Donovan (1,565,000), Patrick Clarke (1,550,000) and Jonathan Lundy (1,500,000) are within a hair’s breadth of Pollack.
Each of the nine returning players has locked up €13,350 for their efforts so far, but with a much more substantial €200,000 up top, none of them will want to be awarded that sum. What’s more, five of the players qualified for this event via Paddy Power Poker and are therefore still in the hunt to win the Sole Survivor promotions.
This special promotion will see four of those five players walk away with a free seat to the 2015 Irish Open Main Event while the player who lasts the longest will walk away with an extra €50,000 in cash, which in itself will create some interesting dynamics at the final table.
As the final table is now set and prize money talked about, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the money bubble burst on Day 3. The unfortunate bubble boy was Konstantinos Tsikopoulos who crashed out in 48th place leaving those with chips in front of them to continue playing knowing they would leave Dublin with at least €2,900 to show for their efforts.
Players such as Steve Warburton, Shaun Hegarty, Tom Ambler, Samantha Cohen, and start-of-Day 2 chip leader Ville Sissonen busting out inside the money.
The highest profile bustout was that of Jesse May, who was eliminated in 17th place for a €5,550 score, which happens to be May’s largest live cash ever. Congratulations / commiserations to May.
Play resumes in the Main Event at 2:00pm and continues until the winner of the €200,000 first place prize is known and the Sole Survivor champion is crowned too. Who will those winner’s be? Return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Tuesday to find out.
2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open Final Table Seat Draw
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