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Main Event Day 1a Live Blog

18
Apr

Day 1a Chip Counts

1 Thomas Kolnes 246,100 2 Seamus Cahill 190,100 3 Joseph Field 180,900 4 Timo Vogt 173,000 5 Christopher Fraser 154,600 6 Barry Donovan 154,100 7 Tomas Murnikas 152,400 8 Conor O’Driscoll 147,900 9 Patrice Brandt 140,300 10 Mark Buckley 135,000 11 George Efthymiadis 127,400 12 Gregory Hawes 125,400 13 Keith Johnson 119,900 14 Jorn Bye 117,900 15 Kenny Broad 116,600 16 Espen Uhlen Jorstad 111,400 17 Eduards Rakuss 110,000 18 Gregor Prismic-Martini 110,000 19 Ciaran Burke 109,600 20 Raymond Masters 108,900 21 Kevin Glackin 107,900 22 Bodo Sbrzesny 105,500 23 Nikolaos Papamakarios 103,200 24 Sotirios Varlamos 102,300 25 Zhiqiang Liu...
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18
Apr

Thomas Kolnes Leads Day 1a Survivors

Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, that’s a wrap! Day 1a of the €1,150 buy-in, €1 million guaranteed Irish Open Main Event drew a total of 249 entries, with some names appearing on the player list more than once owing to the one-rebuy-per-day format. Chip leader at the end of play was Thomas Kolnes, about whom we know very little, but strongly suspect that he came here for the Norwegians and stayed on for the craic. He’ll be going into Day 2 on Saturday with 246,100 in chips, head and shoulder above the next man, Sean Cahill. The next man...
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18
Apr

Skill Game

Mark Buckley is somewhat on tilt after losing around a third of his stack to Tom Dunne, who apparently felt the need to to assert himself by getting into a preflop raising war for his entire 53k stack while holding nothing more than 2-7 offsuit. Buckley called him with pocket queens. Board: 2-3-5-T-7 LOLOLOL, as the kids say. “Fifty-odd K!” Buckley was wailing as I arrived. “Fifty-odd K!!!” Dunne, who should have been done for, is looking rather pleased with himself and his new 110k stack. Indeed, he’s not much behind Buckley, who has 120k left. He would have been...
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18
Apr

MacDonnell’s Running Out of Chips

Marc MacDonnell faced a 25k river bet from Thomas Kolnes on a Th 5h 9d 3h Ad board, 25k already in the pot. “But that’s all my chips,” he protested. In fact, he had considerably less than that – just 18k or so. In response, Kolnes shrugged. After a moment he added, “Sorry.” MacDonnell made the classic sign that he was about to fold and asked Kolnes if he’d show his hand. Another shrug, and MacDonnell did indeed fold. As a compromise, Kolnes showed him one – the 2h. MacDonnell struggles on with 18k going into the last level of...
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18
Apr

More Rakuss Better

Four-bets preflop galore spotted in Level 9.  Two preflop wars involved Eduards Rakuss.  The first saw Michael Tastanis open for 1,700, Rakuss raise him on the button (5,000) and fold to Tastanis’ four-bet (14,000, with ~30,000 behind). Moments later, Rakuss opened, was three-bet to 11,000 by big blind Richard O’Neill and then moved all in for the 52,000 he had left after the previous hand. O’Neill thought about it for a little while and made the call. O’Neill: Ah Ks Rakuss: Kd Kh The first card of the flop was the Ac.  Rakuss quietly got out of his seat.  The...
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18
Apr

Willis Misheard While Doubling Up

Bob Willis just moved all in for his 23,000 when it folded to him preflop (blinds 400/800), and what he said when he did so was misheard by his neighbour, who asked, “You’re going on the beer?” “I’m going to bed!” corrected Willis (clearly not super confident in his hand when big blind Nicklas Warlich called quickly). Warlich: Ac Kd Willis: 7c 7d No spiking of anything for Warlich, and he paid off the 23,000, his stack dropping to 65,000.  Willis just has to stay up a little longer (90 minutes left of play).
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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