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2019 Irish Open

22
Apr

And Now for Something Completely Different

Fancy a bit of four-max, with jokers, playing for points?  No, not poker, we’re talking MeldX which may sound like vulcan porn but is actually a really rather enticing-looking ginrummy-esque board game.  One of the last tournaments of this year’s Irish Poker Open, this unusual addition to the schedule makes sense once you describe it as a “cross between kalooki and mah jong where you can do lots of other stuff with wild tiles*” as it was described to me last night. Have a look at these cheerfully emblazoned tables where between 2 and 4 players age 6+ are currently...
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22
Apr

Andre Filipe Moreira Marques Wins €1,100 8-Max Championship and €22,060

The €1,100 8-Max Championship trophy goes to Andre Filipe Moreira Marques (a champion’s name one dare not shorten) who picked up €22,060 after a heads-up battle with Anthony Gardner.  This event, lower in buy-in only than the Main and High Roller during the 2019 Irish Open, attracted 62 entries, paying these seven players after two days at the table: # 1 Andre Filipe Moreira Marques  €        22,060 # 2 Anthony Gardner  €        12,695 # 3 Fraser Macintyre  €          9,070 # 4 Nicola Basile  €          6,045 # 5 Ralf Schwaneberg  €          4,535 # 6 Nicholas Pupillo  €          3,325 # 7 Aidan...
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22
Apr

Zheng Confounds Expectations

An interesting development now for Weijie “Jervi” Zheng. Up until now, he’s been by far the most aggressive player at a very aggressive table, but an uncharacteristic check with a flush on the river is messing with our understanding of him a bit. Thomas Gallagher limped in with Qd-Jh in the small blind, and Jervi checked his 3s-4s. The 9s 8c Js flop contained a little something for everyone, and Gallagher (top pair, gutshot draw) check-called Jervi’s 400k bet (flush draw). Both players checked the Jc turn (Gallagher: now in possession of trip jacks), and proceeded to the river –...
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22
Apr

David Crilly brutally eliminated in 6th place (€50,000)

Raymond Wheatley had just unconscionably folded pocket tens to the early position shove of Sami Agel, who turned out to have pocket eights. What a gift for Agel that was. Not two hands thereafter, Crilly moved all-in for 2.1 million in the hijack seat. We were playing at 120k/240k/240k mind you so that was merely 8 and three quarters big blinds. It came around to Wheatley in the big blind and he had to call 1.8 million, with 5.2 million behind. He did not look as pained as he was when he had just folded a much stronger hand. So...
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22
Apr

Mini Irish Open Final Table Playing Down Alongside the Main (Five Remain)

The €250 Mini Irish Open will crown its own champion today, when one of these five players outflips/manoeuvres/draws the others to win all the chips:   Kyriakos Mitsopoulos – 740,000 Athanasios Tavlas – 2,550,000 Alex Pintilie – 850,000 Stephen Cunningham – 230,000 Eoin Starr – 1,380,000   First place comes with €17,830 – full payouts and in-the-money finishes here: https://bit.ly/2VlC1Qz
22
Apr

Gallagher Flexes Muscles, Agel Reins it In

Recent hands have seen newly chipped-up Tom Gallagher (14 million to Zheng’s 21 million) open up, raising pre-flop with hands like Ah 8h and Qd 7d (no opposition).  An exception saw Dave Masters raise preflop with pocket queens (to 565k, blinds 120k/240k), called by Sami Agel in the big blind with Th Jc.  A flop of Tc Kd Qs held action potential, but when Agel checked, Masters bet 1.5 million (potsize) and Agel found a fold.  A few minutes later, he folded pocket sevens on the button to yet another Gallagher open.  The money jumps are, as the comms noted,...
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22
Apr

Max Silver Busts in 7th Place (€37,500)

Max Silver just couldn’t get a break today – after starting out second in chips (albeit with straight-up half the stack of chip leader Weijie Zheng), he never really recovered from his unfortunate doubling up of Dave Masters early in the day, and with the blinds/ante up to 120k/240k/240k and his stack reduced to 2.5 million, it was push-or-fold territory for the most famous player at the table. This is what he pushed with: Silver: Ad-Td Weijie “Jervi” Zheng: called with Ts-Tc Board: 9h Qh Kh Qd 6c Absolutely dominated, Silver failed to pick up an ace or river a...
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22
Apr

Double for Gallagher

Cutoff Tom Gallagher found the aces in the cutoff, raising to 475,000. Button Weijie ‘Jervi’ Zheng made the call with Kd Qd and it was off to the flop: As 5c 9d.  Gallagher put the brakes on, checking the flop, as did Zheng.  Gallagher’s slowdown was rewarded with a Qh turn.  Now he led out for 325,000, called by Zheng.  The river was a classic gin card: Qs.  Gallagher led out again, this time for 800,000.  Zheng raised and within seconds all 5,700,000 in front of Gallagher was in the middle, doubled, and returned to him.
22
Apr

Seamus Cahill Eliminated in 8th Place (€27,500)

It folded around to Seamus Cahill on the button, who pushed his last 1.2 million in; Dave Masters called from the small blind, and they were at showdown. Cahill: 8h-9h Masters: As-5c Board: A promising but ultimately no-dice Ah 6h Qd 8d 5d A fantastic run for Cahill on his second Irish Open final table (he came fourth in 2011), and although it’s always disappointing to bust at this stage, at least gets to look forward to watching back this extremely entertaining final online later.
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