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April 20, 2019

20
Apr

Norway, Denmark rivalry briefly resumes at table 7

Norway’s Trygve Leite called the all-in shove of Denmark’s Camila Reventlow just now, with every intention of busting her with his Kc Qs. She was ahead, but by as little as possible, holding Ad 2h. The board ran out quite low, Td 5h 7c 8d 3h. “Back in business,” Reventlow breathed a sigh of relief. Leite is in danger of getting short now after having a big stack all day.
20
Apr

No Respect for Walsh’s UTG Raise

Shawn Walsh has a stack of around 700,000 after a hand against, well, his whole table.  Walsh raised under the gun to 13,000 (blinds now 3k/6k) called in turn by George McKeever, Neil Rawnsley, and Dinh Le.  Small blind Jiushuang Wang was well aware of the chips piling in the middle, and decided that this was the spot to jam for 175,000.  Back to Walsh, who sat very still for a while before going all-in himself (comfortably covering all his potential opponents).  This effectively isolated Wang, and the cards were turned up: Wang: Kd Qh Walsh: Ac Jh The board...
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20
Apr

Post bubble madness ensues

We have seen an all-in and a call with neither player having a card over 7, we saw a raise-call for over 100k with 4d 5d (to double up Ad Qs), and we saw many players hitting the showers (well the metaphorical ones, it is hot in here and no one seems to be aware of the inexorable result), their poker in this tournament over. What’s that phrase? “You don’t have to go home — but you can’t play anymore poker in this exact seat at this precise table.” There is of course plenty of more poker on offer around...
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20
Apr

Basile Finds His Tens Faulty

I’m not sure when the chips went in, but I strongly suspect it was before the flop or on it: Nicola Basile: Ts-Td Max Silver (pictured): Ad-9h Board: 5s 9d 5c Ac 8c The Irish Open Heads Up champion was thus defeated by the Irish Open High Roller champion, and gets €1,750 for 219th place. Meanwhile Silver is going for gold – he’s up to around 930k with the average at 269k.
20
Apr

Michael Mazilu Bubbles Record-Breaking Main Event

Finally, with players no longer able to obey the floor’s instructions to STAY IN YOUR SEATS during all-ins, the third all-in situation on the third hand of the bubble released the tension by busting someone. The all-in situation occurred on the river, unusually, with a board standing 3s Tc Jh Ks 2c.  The all-in player was Michael Mazilu, with Mustapha Gultekin his opponent.  I don’t know if they let each other know what hands they had, but Mazilu did not look exactly cheerful.  And he was standing up. Finally the pain was ended – Mazilu showed Ts Jc for two...
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20
Apr

Same Hand, Different All-In: Miller Does Not Pay the Price

Glenn Miller was all in for less than 50k preflop, called by Kevin Price. Poor Mr. Miller had to endure a 10 minute pause while first other tables played out their hands and then the first all-in-and-call was announced across the room. When it got around to his turn, he and Price shook hands like gentlemen before the cards were flipped, and his patience was eventually rewarded with a double up to around 100k. Miller: As-Kc Price: 9h-Th Board: 8h 2c 8d Ks 4s
20
Apr

Hand for Hand All-in on the bubble #1

Timothy Chung opened the button on table 3 to 15k, Douglas Henshall raised it up to 45k in the small blind, and in the big blind Joseph Wilkinson came in over the top for well over 250k. Chung folded tens apparently (if we heard correctly), and after a bit of deliberation Henshall called for about 200k. Wilkinson would survive, but would Henshall? It was Ks Kc for Henshall and Qh Qd for Wilkinson. The flop brought the possibility of backdoor hearts, 9h 4c 3h, the turn was the 8s, and the river was the Ac. An unexciting run out given...
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20
Apr

Marc Macdonnel doubles on the bubble

On a As 2s 6s flop, there was a 20k bet from Joseph Baker, a 100k raise from Theofanis Poziopoulos, and an all-in from Marc Macdonel to about 115k total. Baker folded, leaving himself maybe 3 big blinds! Macdonel showed Js Ts for a flopped flush after Poziopoulos called and showed 2d 2c. The board ran out 9h Th and the Irishman survives!
20
Apr

Tsik Hand on the Bubble

Konstantinos Tsikopoulos was the big blind when micro-stacked Eddie Deighan took the plunge for just a few big blinds preflop.  The table waited tensely for TD Nick to come and announce the hand. Deighen: Qc Qh Tsikopoulos: Ks Ts The flop: Kh 5d 4s.  An sigh of sympathy ran round the card room. The turn:  Qs! Could there be a more exciting card?  The room cheered him. Actually cheered a short stack doubling up on the bubble.  What could sum up the atmosphere at the Irish Open more than that.  My cold heart is warmed. The river: Ad.  Deighen lives...
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20
Apr

Thody on FIRE: Busts Two Players in Back-to-Back Hands

What a time to be on the bubble if you’re James Thody and running so hot we can feel the steam coming off him from our table.  We only caught the first bust-out when it was already at maximum pressure, the clock called on Corne Scheel on the river. The board: Kh 5d Qc Ts 8d.  The pot, over 100k.  Thody checked, Scheel bet 67,000.  Scheel check-raised all in (to 238,000). “I don’t know if I can fold,” murmured Scheel.  When the floor came to time him down 30 seconds, he slapped in the rest of his chips, turning over...
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