News from the sides (March 28)

Gabriel Bitton leads €500k guaranteed Mini Irish Open

Gabriel Bitton is a massive chip leader in the €500k guaranteed Mini Irish Open after bagging up 1,250,000 at the end of Day 1c last night. There were 487 entries yesterday so Bitton’s stack puts him well clear of all the other flights’ chip leaders. Among others through to Monday’s final are Paddy Power Twitch Ambassador Conor O’Driscoll. Full report here. Day 1e reports will be here.

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

Toivo Rinne wins Event 15, €350 Irish Open PLO 6-Max

Finland’s Toivo Rinne has won the €350 Irish Open PLO 6-Max tourney after besting a giant field of 283 entries – and beating Ireland’s Alan Dillon in the very first hand of heads-up. Gracious in defeat, Dillon immediately said “well played, you deserve it” to the new champion. Dillon receives €8,530 for the efforts while winner Rinne gets €15,012. Among the 41 players who cashed were Iwan Jones, Richard Ashby, Jie Zheng – who was chip leader at the start today – Henri Ojala, Ashkan Razavi, Andrew Toole, Andrew Grimason and PokerStrategy’s Barry Carter. The total prize pool was €85,537. Yesterday’s report is here.

Di Frisco wins €550 NLH Mystery Bounty

The impressively named Italian Salvatore Diamante Di Frisco took down the €550 NLH Mystery Bounty shortly before breakfast this morning (around 7am according to our bleary-eyed photographer Brian). He won €20,920 but what was nearly caught up in the money stakes by a bunch of players who snagged huge bounties. PokerStars Team Pro Spraggy finished eighth for €2,650 but banked another €4k or so in bounties. We missed the end of this as sometimes you just HAVE to sleep but reports on this (until time for beddy-byes) are here.

Ladies Event – we have a separate report on this here.