Days 2 and 3 have pretty well been one tumultuous all-in fest, with the shortened levels combining with hyper-aggressive pre-flop play to bring the field down to size with calamitous speed. The Irish Poker Open Web site advertised plenty of room for players to maneuver before the tournament began, but with $10,000 starting stacks and 60 minute blind levels, it's a good thing they were stretching the truth.
Playing a 700 person tournament over four days is no small accomplishment, and requires lots of eliminations in a short period of time. Accordingly, the bustifications began as soon as a much quieter Liam Flood started play on Day 2, with Paul Jackson, Thomas Fougeron, Jesse Jones, T.J. Cloutier impression in a rather astonishing display of presence-of-mind.
Power found himself in the big blind in a hand against Roland De Wolfe, who raised the pot from the small blind with no other players in the pot. In retaliation, Power moved all-in, but quickly realized the dealer had already mucked his cards. Instead of protesting, Power quickly cupped his hands over a blank patch of felt and stared impassively forward, eventually forcing De Wolfe to fold to the biggest bluff of the tournament!
After that intermission, things continued as usual, with Roland De Wolfe peaking at the height of his roller-coaster ride before relinquishing the reigns to Sorel Mizzi, a Canadian Internet phenom who had flirted with the chip lead on Day 2 and took it over for good on Day 3. Mizzi became a one-man wrecking crew, busting players left and right, including but not limited to: Mazhar Nawab, Brian O'Connell, Bruce Yamron, Paul Zimbler, Glen McCabe and Paul Dooley.
Organizers intended to play down to a final table of six today, but in a move somewhat typical of the uncertain organization of the tournament decided on the spur of the moment to end play after playing about twenty minutes with seven players left (something about malfunctioning microphones at the TV table). As such, seven players will return tomorrow to close out the matters, led by the aforementioned Mizzi, who with $2,855,000 is the only player above the chip average and the only player above a million in chips.
The rest of the table is comprised of Nicky Power, Thomas "The Scandie Hater" Finneran, Marty Smyth, Danny McHugh, Brian "The Fox" O'Keefe, and short-stack Roland De Wolfe. Action will resume at 2 p.m. Irish Summer Time (that's GMT + 1hr; thanks to Steve Brecher for the correction) tomorrow, and PokerListings.com will be there to bring you all of the action. Laze off your Easter-egg hangover with us!