Swede Leads Irish Winter Festival
Monday, 28 October 2013
A Sunday of fun and frolics at the Irish Winter Festival saw 161 players whittled down to just 17 ahead of today's final session.
Despite a number of familiar faces on the UK circuit returning on Day 2 to resume their chase for the €85,000 top prize not all of them could find their way through the masses. Indeed, among the casualties slipping before the final furlong was Karl Mahrenholz, as well as Ian Simpson, Amy Trodd and Andrew Dwyer.
It was Dwyer who became the session's bubble boy after a desperate all-in call with 8-4 left him praying for some luck against Jimmy Wan's A-7. Unfortunately the poker gods offered Dwyer no reprieve and as he headed for the bar to find some consolation from Mr. Guinness it was Paul Kristoffersson who thrived.
Whilst Anthony Reilly and a host of other players were sent to the cashiers' desk to collect at least €1,850, Kristoffersson was able to bag 1,539,000 chips before the tournament clock was stopped. That haul was more than enough to put him ahead of Mathis Puzich (1,357,000) and Oliver Boyce (1,280,000) when play resumes later today.
Paddy Power Poker €1,000+€125 Irish Winter Festival Chip Counts:
1st – Paul Kristoffersson – 1,539,000
2nd – Mathias Puzich – 1,357,000
3rd – Oliver Boyce – 1,280,000
4th – Bartosz Ciesla – 711,000
5th – Joe O’Donaill – 700,000
6th – Samuel Welbourne – 688,000
7th – Peter Murphy – 674,000
8th – Jimmy Wan – 637,000
9th – Thomas Quaade – 468,000
10th – Patrick Clarke – 466,000