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April 18, 2019

18
Apr

Evangelos Bech-Raking It In

Here are a few chip counts, incorporating all the biggest stack we can see, plus a few bonus players of note. Already massive chip leader at the dinner break, Evangelos Bechrakis has apparently been on a tear and is now up to a staggering 230,000. For reference, last night’s Day 1a chip leader Thomas Kolnes finished with 278k, while Seamus Cahill in second place bagged up 190k. Wide eyes emoji. Evangelos Bechrakis 230,000 Kristof Leenen 145,000 Benny Glaser 142,000 Max Silver 135,000 Gary McGinty 130,000 Christoph Cajochen 110,000 Amir Pirbazari 105,000 Marc Shepherd 90,000 David Lappin 90,000 Kyriakos Mitsopoulos 90,000 Steven...
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18
Apr

Flopping Nuts and Taking Names: Max Silver

Fresh after his day off following his High Roller victory this week, Max Silver has returned to form in the Main Event.  On a 5s 2d 3s flop, Silver was facing Chris Dowling’s shove of around 24,000.  The fact that the cards weren’t already on their backs meant that a third player was making a decision, because he’d flopped the nuts with 4h 6h.  It was a quick call when action came to him. Dowling: Js 8s for the flush draw, which did not come in; Silver now has 135,000 chips, plenty with which to menace his table.
18
Apr

So nice you can play it twice

Daragh Davey rolled up (he really did, he took the local Luas like a boss) to Citywest Hotel, Hellmuthian late. His first bullet was dispensed with, as he described it, “in a series of cuts leading to a fatality.” Having been whittled down to 11k (from 30k starting) he squeezed ace jack for all the chips over an open and three calls. Unfortunately he ran into it — ace king being the “it” of that moment. The taciturn man, a fixture (think light fixture) of Irish poker, was utterly undeterred and fancying his chances at tournament poker (don’t we all...
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18
Apr

No-Showdown All In

You know someone’s hand is in real trouble when they’ve bet all-in on the river and, when called, snap-muck, stand up and leave without a word. This is what just happened on Table 10, where the beneficiary of this no-showdown win was Philipp Zukernik who now has 62,000. The fact that neither one of the players had shown his cards at the end of the hand caused some mild consternation and the floor was requested. It was a bit too late to do anything about it as the dealer was already shuffling for the next hand, but collectively they decided...
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18
Apr

Live Seating

Entries are up to 438 so far, with exactly 300 players currently at the tables. Recent eliminations include Kevin Killeen, Thomas Lind and Daragh Davey. Like this sort of information? You can see all the entries for today, along with live seating and bustouts, over on this page for the Main Event and this page for the Ladies’. (Please note, though, chip counts are not being updated there, so you’ll have to come back to our lovely blog for those.)
18
Apr

Assorted Counts in the Main Event

So easy to typo that! Nevertheless, please enjoy this selection of chip counts acquired just now during a stroll around the tournament area. David Lappin 100,000 – in his own words, “This is among the greatest Day 1 performances in Irish Open history,” after cracking aces, hitting a six-outer, etc etc Max Silver 88,000 – still fully clothed despite threatening on Twitter to disrobe – sir, we have passed on your concerns about the temperature in here to the authorities, and something is being done about it right now! John Conroy 80,000 – just won a rather large pot with...
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18
Apr

Newport, Silver heating up table 15

Table 15 is looking like a bit of a pressure cooker, with Max Silver, Nick Newport, and Chris Dowling grinding it out. The last of those three reported on twitter that he has come out of tournament retirement just to play this event. You know, poker players and retirement. Max has two cards in his possession every time we pass by. Recently he made a 5k wager on Ks Kc 4h 3d 2s against one Michael O’Brien, whom had defended their big blind. O’Brien paid the last bet and was shown Kd 9d. The next hand the two tangled again,...
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18
Apr

Cacoilo Self-Describes as Not a Complicated Guy

Table 13 has a chatty, friendly vibe to go with the poker competitiveness (this is the Irish Open, most tables do) and early chip leader Julio Cacoilo has been having a chat with Vegard Ropstad in between taking chips off him.  Just now Ropstad opened preflop for what looked like 1,000 (blinds 200/400) and big blind Cacoilo raised him to 4,300.  The size of this bet raised the eyebrow of Ropstad, who folded. “You got pockets?” asked Ropstad. “I don’t want you to call,” replied Cacoilo, answering the eyebrow question rather than the pockets one. “Well, I had pockets just...
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18
Apr

Mazilu Flips Out

Short stacked Michael Mazilu found two black queens with which to go to war preflop, called by Mark Taylor, holding Ad Kd.  A king on the turn sealed his fate and Taylor stacked Mazilu’s last chips in with his own, raising his stack to 43,000.  
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