After the second day of the Irish Winter Festival (IWF), Chris Wood was the chip leader with a stack of 610,000.
The field was narrowed down from 142 people to just 22 poker players on day two, reports Card Player.
Among the players sent to the rail were Andy Black, Neil Channing, Scott Gray and Ciaran O'Leary.
Wood's stack is more than 150,000 more than his closest rival Andreas Schippani and twice as many as Warren Woodall who has 300,000.
When the next day begins, Darren Jacobs will start with the short stack, as he has only 80,000 chips.
Other poker pros who need a good early run tomorrow will be Brendan McFadden, who has 100,000, and Mark Emde who will sit down with 110,000.
Wood has cashed in major competitions on three occasions, his largest single payout coming in the Victorian Poker Championship in 2006 where he claimed almost $30,000 for his fifth place finish.