The Paddy Power Poker Irish Open is one of the most popular stops on the live poker calendar thanks in part to the huge prize pool generated and the world famous Irish craic. The 2014 edition of this €2,000+€250 buy-in Irish Open has proven as popular as its predecessors after 411 bought in on Friday’s Day 1. Of those 411 starters, 253 remain in contention for the €200,000 first place prize.
The man leading the 253 survivors into battle on Saturday’s Day 2 is Jonathan Lundy. The lad from the North East bagged up 201,000 chip at the close of play and was the only player to top 200,000 chips.
Lundy already has one major live tournament cash to his name in 2014; a ninth place finish in the PokerStars sponsored UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event that banked him £8,830. If Lundy wants to better that score in this tournament – and why wouldn’t he? – he will need to finish in the top 10 positions.
2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open Payouts
Joining Lundy through on Day 2 armed with large stacks are players such as Gerard Harraghy (156,600), Belgium’s Yoni Kissous (154,800), Vincent McNamee (129,300) and David Masters (119,600), names that make up positions two-through-five on the leaderboard.
Among the Day 2 starters are some of the most established players the UK and Europe has to offer. Players such as Steve Warburton (104,400), Joe Grech (98,000), Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain (88,000), the in-form Jeff Kimber (86,200), European Poker Tour Barcelona champion Tom Middleton (70,900), Tom Ambler (70,500), Chris Dowling (70,000), Simon Deadman (65,800), the legendary Jesse May (65,000), reigning champion Ian Simpson (51,200), Paul Foltyn (43,100), Max Heinzelmann (42,600), John Eames (32,800), Jude Ainsworth (31,200) and World Poker Tour National Marbella winner Steve Watts (24,000) being a selection of those big names.
Play resumes at 1:00pm on Saturday and efforts will be made to burst the money bubble and then continue whittling down the field so that the final table starts to be within reach.
2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open Top 10 Chip Counts
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