Urgent Appeal to Help Find Icelandic Poker Player Jon Jonsson

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Urgent Appeal to Help Find Icelandic Poker Player Jon Jonsson
21 Apr

A fresh appeal for help as gone out to find Icelandic poker player Jon Jonsson, who vanished without trace in Dublin this February while taking part in the Dublin Poker Festival.

With the Irish Open currently in full swing, those searching for the Icelandic poker scene regular are hoping that the timely reminder that Jon is still missing will spark some memories among the poker community – and further afield - as players and friends share the appeal on social media.

As we reported in February, Jon Jonsson left his room at the Bonnington Hotel on Swords Road, Dublin on February 9th – the Dublin Poker Festival, which he was in the city to attend, starting the following day.

The previous evening Jon had a losing session in the hotel’s casino, although it was well within his bankroll and not considered to be a reason behind his subsequent disappearance.

The timeline of Jon’s actions after that may help to jog someone’s memory

February 9th 2019

11:05 - Jon seen leaving the Bonnington Hotel, with his tournament buy-in on him according to his brother. However, his girlfriend Jana says he had left behind his hat, coat, passport, wallet, and cellphone.

11:07 - Jon is seen on CCTV at McGettigan’s Bar. He then heads to Swords Road

He was last seen at the exit of Highfield Hospital, heading towards Collins Avenue.

February 10th 2019

Described as being six foot tall with brown hair and grey-blue eyes, Jon was last seen wearing black jeans, a black padded jacket, a black T-shirt with a printed white message and picture on the front, and black sneakers with a white base.

With Jon missing for 24 hours, Jana filed a missing person’s report. Jon was on his first visit to Dublin and had no familiarity with the area.

 Family flew in from Iceland and joined friends, poker players and locals to help search for Jon, but could find no trace of the father of two and stepfather to Jana’s children.

Last month, local Garda police revealed they had no leads in the case, as family took to national TV to highlight Jon’s disappearance.

With no history of mental health issues, and described as a “big family man” vanishing without a trace is considered completely out of character for him.

Anyone who sees or has seen Jon can contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01-666-4400 or the Jonsson family hotline on 089-443-1263.

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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