News from the side events! March 30

Sapiano leads Day 1f Mini Irish Open survivors with 985,000

It was a bumper day for the €200 Mini Irish Open with two whole flights – Day 1E and Day 1F – taking place over the day. The Mini’s been attracting people all week keen to fight for the juicy €500k guarantee – which was duly matched then breached in the second flight as the required 2,942 figure was surpassed. Click here for updates.

Day 1E saw a bumper 724 entrants squeeze into the RDS with Evan Lester (915,000) leading the 56 players remaining once the cut-off point of 8% of the field remained. As usual, 15% of the field were all guaranteed a cash for their efforts.

Day 1F was even more heavily populated, a tsunami of players sitting down to test their fortunes. In total 920 players registered to bring the grand total of Mini entrants to 3,193. Come the close of the day, former honey magnate and Irish Open veteran Albert Sapiano had accumulated a chip leading stack of 985,000 which he’ll be looking forward to turning into a tilt at the title on Day 2. There are three whole more flights to come tomorrow so expect this number to shoot up once all the Day 1s are completed, ready to return for what will be an incredible final day on Monday.

Every day, 8% of the field get through. Here are the stats so far.

– Day 1a: 302 entries – 23 through to the final
– Day 1b: 377 entries – 30 through to the final
– Day 1c: 383 entries – 29 through to the final
– Day 1d: 487 entries – 39 through to the final
– Day 1e: 724 entries – 56 through to the final
– Day 1f: 920 entries – 74 through to the final

Alejandro Vazquez Gomez leads for final day of the €3k High Roller

The €3k High Roller 8-max rebuy looked like it might be a touch underwhelming numbers-wise – until the players revealed they were slow-rolling us and a blizzard of late registrations swelled the total number of entrants to 157.

Established high-stakes players like online legend Bert “Girafganger7” Stevens and Countdown hero Andrew “Stato_1” Hulme clashed with plucky qualifiers such as Alex “Alex Martin” Martin. With 50k stacks and ten 40-minute levels, there was ample opportunity for play and we saw many a bluff as the players fiercely contested every chip.

The current chip leader is Portugal’s Alejandro Vazquez Gomez on 458,000, some way ahead of Britain’s Marvis Cooper. There are currently 60 players left in this star-studded event but late reg is still open until the start of Day 2 at noon local time.

Stevens’ journey was the rollercoaster you might expect, his first bullet doing little damage before he began rampaging through the field with his 2nd, finishing up with 227,500 chips. Hulme meanwhile, runner-up in this event last year, also made good progress, navigating his way to 75,000 by the close.

Alex Martin made hay early on, including a great call with nines on a J-T-T board but didn’t manage to make the final day today.

Live updates are here.

Saulius Tumosa leads €550 JP Poker Masters

Lithuanian player Saulius Tumosa is leading for the final day of the JP Poker Masters with 1,160,000 in chips. Tumosa, has already secured his first ever cash in Ireland. There are just 36 players left in this tournament, out of 566 entries, and 79 making the money. The total prize pool is €275,925. Tumosa lies just ahead of Irish player Terence Ponsonby. Also still in: Daniel Wilson and Kevin Killeen. Live updates are here.