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PaddyPowerPoker Irish Open 2011: Day 3

Irish Legends Fall Just Before Final Table


Andy Black Bubbles 2011 Main Event Final TableDay 3 of Europe’s longest running tournament, the Irish Open saw plenty of action as 55 players became 9. With so many big names and pros in the field at start of play, the final table looked likely to be a cracker.

As hopes were dashed and players such as title holders Noel Furlong and Marty Smyth hit the rail, things got really intense. Spectators gathered to see if their favorite players were going to make it but for many it was an agonizing day as last woman standing Lorna Lancaster hit the rail in 12th place for a payday of €19,400. She qualified online for $20 and was followed all the way by her friends and family in Canada and all over the world.

Jude Ainsworth fell from the chip ladder into the abyss of 11th place and even more frustrating was the loss of Andy Black on the final table bubble. Despite this, the final table looks set to be quite explosive with side-event hero John Eames, British legend Surinder Sunar, well-known Irish pro Rob Taylor, and 2009 11th place finisher Niall Smyth all in the mix for the €550,000 first prize. Not to forget the whole Soul Survivor element, there are four still in the running for the €100,000 package

Here is the 2011 main event final table:

Niall Smyth 2,038,000
John Eames 1,783,000
Aleksi Savela 1,594,000
Martin Petri 1,530,000
Surinder Sunar 1,366,000
Karl Rudwall 1,329,000
Seamus Cahill 1,310,000
Robert Taylor 915,000
Niall McCann 434,000

Elsewhere in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel there are many side events taking place. Casey Kastle took down the €750 Omaha event and other events will wrap up later today.

Catch all the final-table action throughout the day via the live feed and blog, and check back here tomorrow for a recap of all the action when we will have a brand new Irish Open champion.

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