WITH ENTRY FEES ranging from €10 to €1,000 the 2019 Dublin Poker Festival may not have set many records or will live too long in the memory but the event has made nation-wide headlines following the mysterious disappearance of a 41-year-old visiting player from Iceland.
Over 50 volunteers and family members are now looking for Jon Jonsson who disappeared on Saturday February 9th. According to his brother Daniel, Jon plays poker recreationally alongside his fiancée Kristjana Gudjonsdottir. Unlike Jonsson, Gudjonsdottir has some small cashes on her Hendonmob profile (the comprehensive database of poker results).
“Jon is a taxi driver in Iceland. He has gone to tournaments before in places like Barcelona. It is a hobby,” said his brother taking to the Irish Independent newspaper who reported Jonsson left his room around 11am leaving behind his passport, wallet and phone. He was caught on CCTV walking away from the Bonnington Hotel but vanished soon afterwards.
“There has been no activity on his bank accounts. He did play some poker on the Friday, but not at in tournament [a cash game presumably],” continued Daniel in the story. “He lost some money, but we are not sure how much.” The Independent has speculated the sum was €4,000 albeit his brother declared: “If Jon went for a walk to clear his head it would not be because of money.”