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Main Event Day 1c/d Live Blog

20
Apr

Niall Be Back – Farrell Terminates Day 1c as Chip Leader

…Aaaand that’s your lot for the Day 1’s! Today’s Day 1c drew a staggering 928 entries, obliterating the €1 million guarantee and smashing the record for an Irish Open field. Along with the Day 1a (249), Day 1b (453) and turbo-format Day 1d (95) entries, the total field for this year’s Main Event now stands at 1,725, almost 400 more than last year, and so far they’ve generated a €1,768,125 prize pool. We say so far, because players can register right up until the start of Day 2, at 2pm on Saturday. The Day 1c chip leader is none other...
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20
Apr

Please Stand By

Ladies and gents, play has now ended in the monster Day 1c, and it looks like roughly 380 players out of 928 entries have made it through. The chip lead looked to be a toss-up between Niall Farrell and late surger Jonathon Prested just before the close of play – hold tight and we’ll bring you the full chip counts shortly…
20
Apr

The ballad of Niall Farrell

We got the full Firaldo experience on this latest hand. He came in raising, 2.2k from middle position during our last level of the day, 500-1,000/1,000. Everyone ducked out of the way, until it came to Ionut-Catalin Mihart in the big blind, who had chips to spare. There was a lot of singing, but as Mihart put chips in the pot, Farrell’s phrases turned to narration. The flop came out 9s 8d 2d and Farrell declared “I’m the winner, you lose!” like the antihero in an Irvine Welsh novella and Mihart checked. The continuation bet came in the form of...
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20
Apr

Ben Winsor Ends Turbo Day 1d with Turbo Day 1d Chip Lead

It started when Day 1c was in Level 7, and ended before it finished.  Short-lived but action-intense, the final flight in the €1,150 Irish Poker Open was the mayfly of tournaments. Topping the Day 1d chip counts is Ben Winsor with 126,000 chips, leading 54 survivors from 95 entrants. If you’ve been following Days 1a through c, then these stacks, though sizeable, are not near those of the previous flights’ end-of-day leaders – and fair enough, they only had 20 minute blind levels. Full counts: Benjamin Winsor 126,000 Mark Smyth 121,500 Philipp Zukernik 111,800 Mark Finnane 101,000 Alexandros Papadopoulos 101,000...
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20
Apr

“That Tipsy Scottish Lad” Takes Chip Lead in Final Level

Thus was Niall Farrell referred to by the dealer on the break, as we tried to count his stack, which is not set in neat piles of 20.  It makes no difference how out we are on the exact figure; there’s a 40,000 gap at least between his stack and that of the next highest in chips: Niall Farrell 240,000 John Campbell 190,000 Terence Etim 180,000 Dino Ivkovic 170,000 Camila Reventlow 170,000 Pojan Salim 160,000 Adrian Dubles 160,000 Ricardas Vymeris 155,000 Kevin Price 148,000 Luke Walsh 147,000 Tadas Galkus 142,000 Karen Muir 132,000 Pat Kelly 126,000 Waheed Ashraf 126,000 Jonathan...
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20
Apr

Double, double, toil, and trouble

Daiva Byrne has doubled up. There was an open to 1.8k by Brian Hehir at 400/800/800, a call from Lee Millar, another call from Steven Kavanagh, and then on the button she put her stack across with what turned over to be Qh Qc. Must be nice! She was ahead of the Ah Qs of Millar, who stuck around to see five cards, the other two having tucked tail and folded. The Qd Js 4c flop looked good for the one who goes online by Baltic Blonde, but the Tc brought some drama. Like most human endeavors, the 7s did...
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20
Apr

The Main Event at 1am – in Numbers

Entries in Day 1c: 915 Players left in Day 1c: 489 Entries in Turbo Day 1d: 80 Players left in Turbo Day 1d: 58 Total entries so far in the Main Event: 1,698 Total prize pool so far: €1,743,525 Hours left to register in either “Day”: one – reg is open until 2am Further opportunities to enter this event after that: registration will remain open right up until the start of Day 2, at 2pm tomorrow
20
Apr

JP Taking the Mini-Golf a Lot More Seriously than Anticipated

Bar area 2* has a mini-golf course set up in it, because Irish Open. We thought there’d just be a bit of fun knocking balls around, but spotted JP McCann with a score-card (at first we thought he was blogging the mini-golf, which, frankly, we anticipate you’d probably read in preference to this stuff about poker).  Teams are playing for a seat in the Mini Irish Open worth €250.  This ever-popular side event starts at 13:00 on Sunday. *Bars numbered in distance from the blog desk. So Bar 1 is in the tournament room, Bar 2 just outside, Bar 3...
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20
Apr

Cunning Plan-nery

Alan Flannery has doubled up through Tan Lap Le after a river check-raise put Le on the spot. We didn’t see the action that led to this point, but there was 12,000 in the pot with the board spread in all its glory: 5d 8h Ac Ts Jh. Flannery had checked to Le who’d bet 4,000 (from a stack of c.75,000).  Flannery then moved all in for 18,100.  There followed a quite reasonable period of thinking on the part of Le.  Finally he made the call, mucking when he saw the 7h 9h in his opponent’s hand for the straight.
20
Apr

Byrne Murmurs his Disturbance (day 1c)

A large bet on a 3s 9d Td flop put Jamie Byrne (pictured) to a decision for his tournament life just now that looked both unexpected and uncomfortable to contemplate, like surprise free dessert at a restaurant at which you’ve just eaten too much that the waiter then waits expectantly for you to enjoy. The pot preflop had grown to a modest ~3,000.  Byrne bet 2,400 and Grime simply set his shorter-stacked opponent all in with the insouciance of someone who knows they can’t bust this hand.  Looking at the 56,400 in front of Grime, Byrne murmured gently to himself...
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