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April 19, 2019

19
Apr

Jaegerbombs for Dinner, Chips for Dessert

I arrived just as George Devine was announcing all in on the turn of a Kd Qd 9c 3s board; Niall Farrell made the fastest snap-call I’ve ever seen. Devine: Qh-9h for two pair Farrell: Js-Td for a straight River: Ah, only improving Farrell’s hand “I’ve been practising these flops for a while,” Farrell quipped. We’d like to add to this another quote from Farrell, overheard in the bar during the dinner break: “I didn’t have dinner, I had six Jaegerbombs.” On 180k, Farrell is among the biggest stacks now, if not actually chip leader, in Day 1c.
19
Apr

It’s Never Easy

Surinder Sunar, whom we were minutes ago using as the featured image for a post about short stacks eyeing Day 1d, is now coasting more easily with a stack of 50,000. The majority of this boost came in a hand vs. Paul Coughlan which started with a button open from Coughlan, called by small blind Raphael Cudina, before Sunar raised to 5,500 from the big blind. Coughlan had a gander at Sunar’s stack – c.18,000 behind – and four-bet him (the exact amount unrecorded as Sunar was all-in and called in a heartbeat). Sunar: Kd Kh Coughlan: 6c 6s The...
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19
Apr

An orbit in the life of Daiva Byrne

Not every orbit is an exciting one, but we were lucky enough to circle around Daiva Byrne’s table for some eight hands just now as she got her grind on. It hardly disappointed. On the button: A man suddenly hiding behind sunglasses, we didn’t get his name (it is not that important, turns out), raised it up in early position on the relative short stack. When it came round to Byrne she peered across the table and made inquiries into the depth of his stack. He had opened to 1,100 (the big blind being 500). Byrne three-bet to 2,600, once...
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19
Apr

BigStackWatch Level 8 (Day 1c)

During the break (the blinds are now 300/600 with big blind ante 600) these were the approximate counts of the larger stacks in both tournament areas: John Campbell 170,000 Joe Lynch 165,000 Adrian Dubles 160,000 Kevin Killeen 137,000 Paul McGann 136,000 Jonathon Prested 135,000 Tomas Fara 114,000 Steve Watts 112,000 Osman Mustanoglu 100,000 Adrian O’Connell 100,000 Niall Farrell 100,000 Ricardas Vymeris 100,000 Endrit Geci 100,000 Michael Casey 100,000 Gary Banks 97,000 Alex Kukuk 96,000 Eddu McNally 90,000 Kyle Cook 89,000 Darren Mohan 78,000
19
Apr

Longfellow Paid on River by Duthie and Sapiano (Day 1d)

Blinds 100/200.  It looked like Charles Longfellow raised preflop to 800, called by John Duthie in position and Albert Sapiano out of it (bb).  Flop: 7h 5h Kd.  Sapiano checked, Longfellow bet 2,000, called by both opponents.  The 7s turn checked round, but when Sapiano checked a third time on the Ah river, Longfellow bet 4,000.  Duthie and Sapiano called. Longfellow: Kh 4h Duthie: We’ll never know; he mucked Sapiano: Ad 6d Longfellow increased his stack to around 32,000 (I know this doesn’t sound like a lot when we’ve got Day 1c-ers in the six figures but this is like...
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19
Apr

Lap It Up (Day 1c)

Tan Lap Le has knocked former monster stack Gary Banks a little further down the chip rankings, doubling through him in a hand that we didn’t quite catch all of but looked like so at the end: Board: 5s Qc Kh 7d Js Banks: Ad-Ks Le: Jh-Jd Le doubled to 66k, while Banks looked on grimly and dropped to 100k. He’s still head and shoulders above most of the field though – average right now is 45k, with blinds/ante 250/500/500.
19
Apr

Ciaran Burke Flops Nuts; First Out of Day 1d

The first major action in the last Main Event Day 1 happened just a few feet away from the bloggers’ bench.  It involved a flop of Jd 9c Kh, seen by Peter Cahill (pictured) and Ciaran Burke.  If you were paying attention to the title, you’ll know that Burke had flopped a straight with T-Q.  Stacks flew in, and Cahill tabled Jh Js.  He needed the board to pair, and pair it did – with the Jc on the turn, giving him quads and a 60k+ stack in the first half hour of play.
19
Apr

Short Stacks Eye Day 1d

There are quite a few players among the 623/883 remaining in Day 1c of the Main Event whose stacks at the 250/500 blind level are starting to look precarious.  However, such is the nature of a tournament with hour-long blinds and every conceivable level thereof that even with a starting stack (30,000) there’s time to be taken and spots to be picked.  So when players bust, what to do? Jump in the newly-started Day 1d with turbo 20 minute levels, or get back on the horse in Day 1c with 60 bb?  We asked Dara O’Kearney and he suggested the...
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19
Apr

Daragh Davey’s stop and go lifestyle

The handsomest man from Sligo and winner of international father of the year award, Daragh Davey just befuddled his tablemates and increased his stack with a turn stop and go. He defended his big blind against Mark Spelman’s early position raise, which was flat called by Eamonn Connolly in middle position. Davey had had his backpack on, while seated, since dinner break, and even claimed he was comfortable as such (that is one bluff even a poker blogger could call). In any event, a Ks 6c Ts flop checked to the in-position Connolly, who bet 2.5k. This wager Davey called...
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