When we returned today, 253 of the total 411 field remained from Day 1 with Jonathan Lundy in the lead. That number was decimated over the course of nine levels today - right now, 59 players are still in the running, with last Finn standing Ville Sissonen holding the chip lead on 522,00; Yoni Kissous is hot on his heels with 477,500.
Only 47 places pay out, which means that a dozen of these folks are still going to leave with nothing. A min-cash pays €2,900, and there’s €200,000 up top for whoever hoists the trophy come Monday night. Full payouts may be viewed here.
Notable folks who fell by the wayside today include two-time EPT runner up Max Heinzelmann, online giant Paul “Pab” Foltyn (who immediately transferred himself over to the €800 side event), garrulous Buddhist and shiny rock enthusiast Andy Black, November Niner Eoghan O’Dea and his legendary bracelet-winning dad Donnacha, John O’Shea, Nicky Power and former Irish Open champions Ian Simpson and Kevin Vandersmissen.
Those who will be joining us tomorrow to battle first through the bubble and then for a spot on the final table include Jesse “The Voice of Poker” May in third place on 454,500, Dave Masters, Jonathan Lundy, John Conroy, David Docherty and high roller Pratyush Buddiga. Twenty-two players also remain in contention for the Sole Survivor promotion, where the last player standing will win €50,000 in cash and the next five left in will each receive a ticket to next year’s Irish Open.
Play resumes tomorrow at 1pm, when we will be playing right down to a final table. Don’t forget that you can get full chip counts, seating plan and up-to-date chip counts over at our live stream on Pokertube. We’ll be posting the info too, for the sake of posterity; and don’t forget to follow our blog tomorrow for all the action from the non-feature tables too.
Until then, we understand that there is a considerable amount of craic occurring in the bar where the golf challenge is continuing, among other entertainments. See you tomorrow!