Sissonen Leads the Way into Day 3; Jesse May Not Far Behind

Ville Sissonen (Day 2)Dear readers, Day 2 of this 2014 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open is now OVER.

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.

Irish Open Day 2Play 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!

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Irish Open Day 3 Chip Counts in Seat Order

Country Name SS ID Chips Table Seat
IE DONOVAN BARRY X 16 217,000 31 1
UK DOCHERTY DAVID X 55 105,000 31 2
UK WARBURTON STEVEN JOHN 225 270,000 31 3
IE DOWLING CHRIS X 24 402,500 31 4
IE CORDTS IAN 373 188,500 31 5
US LU ROGER 369 123,500 31 6
UK SINGH SAMEER 213 144,500 31 7
US BUDDIGA PRATYUSH 413 68,500 31 8
IE KENNY ALBERT 367 71,000 32 1
UK REES LLOYD 137 84,500 32 2
US MATHIS MARTIN 317 167,000 32 3
IE SLOPER ZAC X 243 101,500 32 4
UK HILLS ANDREW 360 144,500 32 5
UK EAMES JOHN X 114 126,000 32 6
IE GREALIS DAVID X 52 307,000 32 7
MX THOMPSON COREY 35 150,000 32 8
IE POLLOCK DAVE X 47 454,000 33 1
IE QUARRY COLIN X 32 381,000 33 2
UK ADDERLEY ANTHONY X 14 105,500 33 3
IE WILLIS ROBERT X 200 95,500 33 4
IE MASTERS DAVID X 53 333,000 33 5
IE OSHEA THOMAS 312 162,500 33 6
AT DIETRICH MORITZ 163 200,000 33 7
GR TSIKOPOULOS KONSTANTINOS X 132 332,500 33 8
US MAY JESSIE 375 454,500 34 2
NL SMITS ANTOINE 269 184,500 34 3
UK MASON BROWN� RYUNOSUKE� 212 258,000 34 4
US KATEIAN SCOTT 323 107,500 34 5
US COHEN SAMANTHA 333 129,500 34 6
IE BARKER DECLAN 406 78,000 34 7
UK TRUEICK ALAN 3 226,500 34 8
FI SISSONEN VILLE 388 522,000 40 1
IE SABATINI MARCO 402 393,000 40 2
IE HEGARTY SHAUN 219 131,500 40 3
UK LUNDY JONATHAN X 121 292,000 40 4
IE BUCKLEY MARK 145 271,000 40 5
IE BOYCE OLIVER X 177 139,000 40 6
US MATZ CHARLES 251 80,500 40 8
IE LYNCH OLIVER 330 318,000 41 1
BE KISSOUS YONI 411 477,500 41 2
IE CHAVALIER LIAM 370 315,500 41 3
IE MURPHY ROBERT X 201 223,000 41 4
IE HARDY PHILIP 352 110,000 41 6
LV STAROSTITS ILMARS X 316 152,000 41 7
SE JANSSON OLOV 178 173,500 41 8
IE CONROY JOHN X 117 178,000 42 1
UK MICKENS STUART X 226 213,000 42 2
US ORR ELDON 346 54,500 42 3
UK AMBLER THOMAS 230 237,000 42 4
LV PEREDEREJEVS ANDREJS 303 172,000 42 5
IE FENNELL JAMES 377 113,000 42 6
UK BELLAMY FRASER X 73 278,000 42 8
IE COLLINS DAMIEN 37 121,000 43 1
IE CLARKE PATRICK X 182 420,500 43 2
IE Harraghy Gerard X 84 178,500 43 3
IE GILLIGAN MICHAEL X 159 141,500 43 5
IE HOLLY JOHN 343 124,000 43 6
IE FENNELL CONOR 331 65,500 43 7
RU PETROV MIKHAIL 162 109,500 43 8
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O’Dea Busts Last Hand of Day

Donnacha O'Dea and Eoghan O'DeaThe bagging and tagging has begun, but not for Donnacha O’Dea, who outlasted Eoghan by many a level but won’t be contending during the bubble period tomorrow.  From the relative positions it looked like Steven Warburton might have opened in early position with pocket queens, and O’Dea made a short-stacked shove with pocket threes.  The deck didn’t push a three forward and O’Dea made his exit without visible rancour.

Deciding not to risk busting on the last hand of the day was John Holly, on whom Chris Dowling put maximum pressure, betting (possibly raising to) 56k on the turn, the board reading Jd-8d-Ac-3h, and then betting 92,500 (Holly’s remaining stack being 120k-ish) on the Th river.  The decision was clearly not a pleasant one for Holly, who thought about it for a long time before folding Ad-Js face-up, saying, “I can’t do it…”

Dowling wins the brand new Late in the Day Climber award for chip accumulation in the final level.

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4 Hands Left

The announcement has been made by the tournament director that we will play just 4 more hands this evening before players bag up their chips to return tomorrow.

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Konstantino Tsikpoulos Takes One On The River

With the flop reading 9c-2h-Ks Stuart Mickens opened the betting from late position to 18k both Tsikpoulos and Eames came along for the ride. The turn was the Qc and everyone checked. The river card brought the 8s and Greekman Tsikpoulos bet right at it for 32k which was enough to send the pot his way.

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Cohen Busts O’Leary

Andrew O’Leary open-shoved for shrapnel and to his immediate left Samantha Cohen reshoved. Everyone else ducked out of the way, and they were soon on their proverbial backs.

O’Leary: 8d-9s
Cohen: Ah-Tc

Board: 6s-5c-2c-Qc-6d

Thus O’Leary met his end, while Cohen is now doing a little better on 130,000. That’s still well below the 200k average right now, though.

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Petrov No Rock

Fraser Bellamy bet out 35,000 from the big blind position on a 2d-9c-Tc flop and was undeterred by the call from Mikhail Petrov in the cutoff – come the As turn, Bellamy promptly went all in for around 100,000. After a little spell in the tank, Petrov folded, leaving himself around 200,000 behind. Bellamy cheekily showed him 6c-8h for pretty much nothing, and is up to 250,000.

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Martin Mathis Builds

Catching the action on the turn the board read Qh-2s-2c-Ks and Mathis bet 35k which was called by David Pollock. The pot was now bloated beyond what either player were comfortable with and the 9d on the river saw both check. Mathis was the only one to show and his Kc-9h was good enough to take it down.

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Chavalier Busts O’Shea

Martin Mathis started the hand with an open to 10k in middle position, but Liam Chavalier was to finish it – and Thomas O’Shea.  O’Shea called the 10k, and then button Chavalier’s three-bet to 40k.  On the 5h-5s-Qh flop, the money went in, O’Shea having hit nicely (for Chavalier’s aces) with Kc-Qd.  No upset on the 5d-9d turn and river, and we’re down to 65.

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Chris Dowling Adds Chips

Chris Dowling (Day 2)Catching the action on the river with a board showing Qh-7s-9s-2d-3s Oliver Boyce had made a 25k bet into a 60k pot. There was a bit of friendly banter between the players before Dowling put in enough chips to call. Boyce had to show first and showed two pair 9h-2h. However, Dowling had him trumped with a better two pair Qc-9c.

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