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Steve O’Dwyer Leads 2015 Irish Open as Money Bubble Approaches

Steve O'Dwyer

Day 2 of the 2015 Paddy Power Irish Open took place on Saturday afternoon at the Double Tree By Hilton and saw the 235 Day 1 survivors reduced to only 56 players. Bagging up the most chips of any other was Steve O’Dwyer.

O’Dwyer, the 2013 European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final Champion, has adopted Ireland as his home after becoming one of the USA’s poker refugees after “Black Friday.” The man known as “MrTimCaum” in online poker circles, has more than $9.4 million in live tournament winnings, but only $36,961 of that remarkable total stem from Ireland. Should he take down this event, O’Dwyer would be able to brag of an additional $274,375 (€250,000).

The €1,027,000 prize pool is to be distributed among the top 36 finishers so O’Dwyer will be extremely confident of being paid. As will the likes of Pavel Cahlupka, Irish quartet Feargal Nealon (381,500), reigning UKIPT Dublin champion Kevin Killeen (366,500), Declan Connolly (270,000) and Jude Ainsworth (262,000), while Simon Deadman (278,000), World Poker Tour (WPT) Champions Club member Giacomo Fundaro (226,000), the legendary Mike Sexton (148,500), Winamax Poker Open winner Tom Kitt (124,500), Rupert Elder (102,500), John O’Shea (89,500), and Keith Hawkins (44,000) are still in the hunt for a slice of the €1m+ pie.

2015 Paddy Power Irish Open End-Of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Steve O’Dwyer598,000
2Pavel Chalupka390,000
3Feargal Nealon381,500
4Kevin Killeen366,500
5Con Collins364,500
6Ioannis Triantafyllakis345,500
7Peter Barrable328,500
8Michael Wang286,000
9Simon Deadman278,000
10Baard Dahl274,500

Day 3 commences at noon and attempts will be made to reach the final table. Sadly, the tournament will be without the likes of John Eames, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, Dale Philip, Jack Salter, and Kara Scott who crashed out on Day 2.

Head to the Paddy Power blog for updates of the action and return to UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday for a recap of the action. We’re told that Paddy Power is hosting a €1,000 freeroll for people watching the live stream, so make sure you download Paddy Power Poker via PokerNews before tuning into the stream.

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