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Black Bubbles, Sunar Headlines Irish Open Final
Hometown hero Andy Black bubbled the final table of the 2011 Irish Open Sunday, leaving famed British pro Surinder Sunar as the name on the marquee coming into Monday's final.
The Paddy Power Poker Irish Open 2011 drew 615 players to the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland this weekend, creating a total prizepool of €1,968,000.
By Sunday, the longest running No-Limit Hold 'em tournament in Europe was down to just 55 players.
But as former champs Noel Furlong (32nd) and Marty Smyth (19th) fell, Dublin's Black, who finished fifth in the 2005 WSOP Main Event, sat tenth of the ten players remaining.
Eventually he got it in against chipleader Niall Smyth with a dominating ace, but it failed to hold.
Smyth, who bubbled the final table two years ago finishing 11th, retains the lead heading into the nine-player final.
However, as a WPT title holder and a legend in televised British poker, Sunar is the most well know player coming in.
Budding Irish pro Robert Taylor, EPT Copenhagen final tablist John Eames and four Paddy Power Poker qualifiers still in the running for the €100,000 Soul Survivor last-longer prize, are also in with a shot at the €550,000 first-place prize.
A live stream of the final table can be found here.
Here's how the stacks look coming in:
1 Niall Smyth 2038000
2 John Eames 1783000
3 Aleksi Savela 1594000
4 Martin Petri 1530000
5 Surinder Sunar 1366000
6 Karl Rudwall 1329000
7 Seamus Cahill 1310000
8 Robert Taylor 915000
9 Niall McCann 434000