Day

April 17, 2019

17
Apr

Six-Figure Stackers

Here are the Day 1a chip leaders at the break pre Level 9: George Efthyniadis – 100,000 Martin Lunde – 100,000 Timo Vogt – 125,000 Roddy Macneil – 101,000 Kenny Broad – 111,000 Thomas Martin – 120,000 Bodo Sbrzesny – 125,000 William McIlroy – 155,000 Raymond Masters – 108,000 Thomas Kolnes – 175,000 Ciaran Burke – 118,000 Ezequiel Waigel – 120,000 Gregor Prismic-Martini – 110,000 Gregory Hawes – 100,000
17
Apr

Break #Last

Players are heading out to the bar/restrooms/smoking area for their last 20 minute break of the day. When they return, it will be to play a mere two further levels before the happy survivors get to bag up their chips. We’ll be back shortly with some chip counts…
17
Apr

3 Players, 4 Bustouts

WSOPE champion Jack Sinclair and renowned overachiever Marc MacDonnell both busted a little while ago but, thanks to the miracle of the single-rebuy-per-day format, both have risen phoenix-like from the ashes and are once more back where they belong, at the tables in the Irish Open Main Event. Andy Black, meanwhile, has managed to bust out twice, and so will have to wait until tomorrow to take a third shot at glory. 146 players remain of 246 entries, blinds/ante now at 300/600/600. Not a bad turnout for a Wednesday, really.
17
Apr

Ruling!

For some tables, rulings are an excuse for impassioned argument, even hearty complaint, regardless of which rules are enforced by the floor.  For others, it’s just a bit of facilitation when the wheels of acting in turn or with correct etiquette come off a bit, and the rules are obeyed and everyone just moves on with their lives.  Luckily, Table 34 is one of the latter. Four players saw an Ah Kc 4s flop.  Seamus Devlin checked first to act, Ronan Gilligan bet 2,500, called by Timo Vogt and Elizabeth Martin in turn (Devlin folding). Turn: 5s.  Gilligan checked, Vogt...
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17
Apr

Supersat Supersedes Set Spend

Tonight’s 20 Seat Guaranteed Main Event Satellite (€110, unlimited re-entry) has already generated enough cash for 38 Main Event seats, and I overheard a couple of players making a bet on the over-under for 50!  It looks like everyone within a ten mile radius of Dublin (or major cities in Norway) wants in to this €1,000,000 gtd. Main Event, and, understandably, want it for less than the €1,150 buy-in. So crowded is the tournament area that the satellite is being hosted in the upstairs secondary tournament room, which will probably be in use all the way through now.
17
Apr

Tank of the Day: Giuliana Oliveira

Giuliana Oliveira started the last hand with 60,000 chips (blinds 250/500) and ended it being unable to make a decision – admittedly a really big, potentially tournament-ending one – and having the floor do it for her in the form of a clock call. Caught from the flop, with preflop action having created a heads up 8,400 pot, her opponent James King led out for 5,500.  Oliveira raised to 18,000, leaving 37,000 behind.  He called, slowly and deliberately. Turn: 6s.  King thought for about thirty seconds before pushing out a stack that covered hers.  While the rest of the tournament...
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17
Apr

Selected Chip Counts from the Main

Here are a handful of chip counts from the Main Event, a pleasing variety of chip leaders and folks who are not chip leaders but whose faces we recognised on a quick circuit of the tournament area. Average stack is 45k at the moment. Bodo Sbrzesny 130,000 Kenny Broad 110,000 Scott Margereson 108,000 Adrian Vogt 105,000 Ezekiel Waigel 105,000 Patrice Brandt 95,000 Karolis Domarkas 90,000 Raymond Masters 88,000 Feargus Murphy 76,000 Andrew Grimason 50,000 Christina Read 40,000 Robert Kaggerud 34,000 Donnacha O’Dea 32,000 Rory Liffey 29,000 Marc MacDonnell 27,000 Kevin Killeen 16,000 Christin Maschmann 14,000
17
Apr

Conroy Doubles to Short Stack

John Conroy was looking at a Ts 8c Qd 8h 5c board when I arrived, with 12k in the pot; very soon after, he went all in for 5.5k. His opponent Gaetano di Maria made the call, but mucked when Conroy turned over Jc-9c for the straight. “I doubled to a short stack,” Conroy informed me. On 23k now, he is indeed far short of the 42k average, but with blinds/ante still small at 200/400/400, he still has more than enough room to manoeuvre.
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