Only nine players remain in contention for the title of 2015 Mega Poker Series (MPS) Dublin Main Event champion after the field was whittled down over the course of 10 levels on Day 2.
Play resumed with the 40 Day 1a and 1b survivors returning to their seats and they were joined by another seven hopefuls who took full advantage of the ability to register before the cards were in the air on Day 2. One of those players, the United Kingdom’s Andrew Leathem, progressed to Day 3 while the others fell by the wayside.
The action was frantic from the moment the tournament director muttered those famous words of “shuffle up and deal,” with 21 players busting during the first two 60-minute levels. Over the next eight hours, the likes of Dara “Doke” O’Kearney and the MPN Poker Tour Dublin winner, Daniel Tighe, crashed out and when Finland’s Jari Hurri fell in tenth place, play was halted for the last time as the final table of nine was set.
Eight places were scheduled to be paid in the MPS Dublin Main Event so it was unsurprising that the nine finalists discussed a deal that saw all of them receive some money for their effort. Those discussions were fruitful and after a little reshuffling of the payout structure all nine members of the final table will walk away with at least €1,000.
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Leading the way going into the final day’s play is David O’Kelly who also happens to be the only player to have a seven-figure stack. O’Kelly, who progressed from Day 1a as the chip leader, bagged up 1,270,000 chips when the curtain came down on Day 2’s proceedings.
Spain’s Nabil Cordoso almost hit the magic million chip mark, falling short by 21,000 chips to end the night with a stack of 979,000. The aforementioned Andrew Leathem finished slightly behind Cardoso on 938,000.
There’s a good mix of players at the final table so it should be quite a spectacle if you’re in the Dublin area today and fancy watching some poker. Irish heroes David Lappin (525,000) and Fintan Gavin (287,000) are sure to be well supported, as are the trio of Spaniards in Cardoso, Diego Soto (488,000) and Francisco Fernandez (470,000). Paul Turek of Austria (383,000) makes up the final table.
Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday to discover which of the nine finalists walked away with the title of champion.
Lead image courtesy of Christian Zetzsche of the Mega Poker Series