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PaddyPowerPoker Irish Open 2011: Day 2

Two Time Title Holder Noel Furlong Tries For Third


Chip leader Julian HeroldThe 287 players left standing from an original starting field of 615 returned on day 2 of the Irish Open 2011 and played until only 55 remained.

The big story throughout the day was the rise of legendary Irish player Noel Furlong. Furlong has won this title twice before (in 1987 and 1989}, and is sitting comfortable going into day 3 with 475,000 in chips, good for fifth place on the leader board.

Another player who went from strength to strength was Brit pro JP Kelly but a look through the top end of the chip counts, would suggest that Kelly has some tough competition, such as Sole Survivor Niall Smyth who finished in 11th place in the main event in 2009, and John Eames who knocked out former Irish Open champ Neil Channing.

The player leading the way however is Germany’s Julian Herold. Herold finished day 1 in the top 10 and now enters day 3 with the monster stack of 669,500.

Here is the top 10 in chips going into day 3:

Julian Herold 669,500
Niall Smyth 651,500
JP Kelly 620,500
John Eames 564,000
Noel Furlong 475,000
Umar Khan 404,000
John Gillespie 347,500
Niall McCann 341,000
William Haughey 310,000
Sampo Ryynanen 309,000

With the rise in the starting stack from 10,000 to 20,000 it seems that the event has managed to retain many familiar faces and highly-skilled pros. Still in the running are the likes of Surinder Sunar, Jude Ainsworth, Marty Smyth, Andy Black, and Nicky Power. They return with 14 PaddyPowerPoker qualifiers who are all atempting to be the 2011 Sole Survivor and the receiver of a package worth €100,000 from the site.

Among players who went down the chip counts and eventually hit the rail on day 2 were Dan Harrington, last year’s winner James Mitchell, Nick Heather, Dave Ulliot, Mel Judah, Donnacha O’Dea, and his son Eoghan. The player on the bubble, Oliver Lynch received the consolatory prize of a main event ticket for next year.

Check out the live stream and the blog for all information befinning from 2 p.m. (local time) today as the Irish Open finds the nine players in the running for the Terry Rogers memorial trophy and the very tasty €550,000 first prize.

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