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PaddyPowerPoker Irish Open 2010 -- Day 2

Bubble Pops on Day 2; Irish Pro Liam Flood Moves to The Fore


Sofia LovgrenThe second day of the €3,200 + €300 buy-in Irish Open 2010 was filled to the brim with great play, entertaining characters, bust outs, suck outs, and good old fashioned bad beats as 256 players from an initial 708 took to the floor.

The feature table saw the rise of recently signed Team PKR player, Sofia Lovgren [pictured right] mid-session, as soon after being crippled, she found herself in a three-way all in, which resulted in her flushing out both opponents on the turn, and never looking back.

Many familiar names were not so fortunate – former Irish Open champ Neil Channing, William Fry, Michael Greco, Arnaud Mattern, Sorel Mizzi, and Andrew Feldman left the tournament floor with empty pockets. Feldman was put out at the hands of snooker pro Ken Doherty but Doherty was not to last the day either and left at the very end of play with €4,000 for his efforts.

Andy BlackBefore we could get to the money however, we had to push through the bubble and that came after a slow, painful wait. In the end the player to go home on the cusp of a cash was Michael Odderskjer Jensen. Only 72 would get paid and Jensen was not going to be one of them.

After this, the pace picked up again with some great banter from the likes of Andy Black [pictured left] and Marty Wilson on the feature table, but the story of the day was the meteoric rise of Irishman and well-known pro, tournament director and organiser, Liam Flood.

Flood knocked out Daniel Horvath to rake in a pot worth more than 250,000 in chips, when both players moved all in preflop and Flood’s pocket kings then hit a set versus Horvath’s A-K. He kept the pressure on after this, ending the day with more than 300,000 in chips.

Chip counts have yet to be released but for now here is what those remaining in the field are looking at:

1: €600,000

2: €312,600

3: €205,200

4: €163,300

5: €130,600

6: €100,800

7: €75,000

8: €56,300

9: €37,700

10-12: €24,900

13-18: €18,300

19-27: €13,700

28-36: €9,800

37-45: €6,900

46-54: €5,500

55-63: €4,500

64-72: €4,000

Among those who busted at the lower end of the prize pool were crowd favourite Paddy Hicks, Mark Suddes, and Anders Bisgaard. 61 players now remain as we begin to creep up the payout list. On day 3 there will surely be many more exciting stories to tell as we continue our search for the 2010 PaddyPowerPoker Irish Open champion, not to forget the remaining Sole Survivors’ battle to be the last one standing.

Check back here tomorrow for top chip counts, exact payouts so far, and indeed more coverage from PaddyPowerPoker’s live stream, bringing you the action as it happens all the way from the Burlington Hotel in Dublin’s fair city.

UPDATE The top 10 in chips at the end of day 2 are:

Flood, Liam — 398,200
Gall, Zsombor — 262,300
Mitchell, James — 230,700
Murphy, Peter — 225,100
Juhasz, Benjamin — 220,900
Bonkowski, Tyler — 216,900
Nevalainen, Janne — 205,600
Trueick, Alan — 200,400
Hawkins, Keith — 190,900
Lovgren, Sofia — 184,000