German Efficiency At Irish Winter Festival 2012
by Jennifer Mason | Published: Jan 01, 2013
Tim Hartmann won the 2012 Irish Winter Festival €1,000 main event, outlasting a field of 385 to secure a huge €100,000 first prize after 12 hours of play, during which the final table first had to be reached, then beaten — no mean feat considering the line-up of day two survivors. Notable by their late-stage absence were many a previous champion of this and other major European events. Neil Channing, Jude Ainsworth, Liam Flood and IWF title-defender John Keown were all on the rail or in the side events before the money (40 places in total were paid). Although the bubble had burst on day two, it was always going to be tough to reach a final table of nine with 158 players returning to the felt, and in the end a total of 19 players made day 3 at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, led by Declan Wallace with 877,000 ...
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