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Main Event Day 1c/d Live Blog

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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19
Apr

Selected Chip Counts

Here are assorted chip counts from both the upstairs sauna room (we understand that someone is working on turning down the heating in there) and also the main room, where the players are still on dinner break. Please note that Gary Banks is no longer the chip leader – that honour now belongs to Adrian Dubles. We don’t know exactly how he got there, but perhaps he Duble’d up. See what we did there? Adrian Dubles 170,000 Pat Kelly 145,000 Kevin Price 137,000 Vegard Ropstad 125,000 Gary Banks 122,000 John Campbell 119,000 Paul McGann 105,000 Gareth McMahon 105,000 Will Kassouf 101,000...
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19
Apr

Jason Tompkins, renowned short stack ninja

We would write something like ‘it takes a lot to get Jason Tompkins rattled,’ but in all honestly, we’ve never seen it happen. A bit earlier, a kerfuffle at the table adjacent dragging out, he asked us rhetorically, “Why do people get worked up?” Maybe it is because a mile-long resume of poker success affords him some perspective, maybe it is just his nature. But in any case, we found Tompkins just as unperturbed with 6k in his stack as he had been with 36k sometime earlier. “I had top two against aces,” he informs us without embellishment. The two...
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19
Apr

Quickest. Call. Ever.

Catching sight of a 13,000 three-way pot, we paused to see what would happen as Will Kassouf, Tomasz Wrobel and button Kevin O’Donnell took their turns to act.  The board: 8d Tc 7s Jd.  What happened?  They all checked. River: 9c. Small blind Kassouf checked again, and Wrobel bet 5,200, called so fast only hummingbirds could see it by O’Donnell.  O’Donnell showed Ah Qh for a higher straight than the one on the board, and Wrobel mucked, his stack dropping to <20,000.  O’Donnell now has 82,000 (Level 6, average 37k).
19
Apr

Farrell and Fara arrange a double

The ambassador of good fun, Niall “Firaldo” Farrell rocked up a bit late, but wasted no time opening the button with the blinds now at 150-300. Unfortunately, the accomplished qualifier Tomas Fara lay between him and stealing the big blind (Tomas Fara was in the small blind, in other words). From that small blind seat sprung a hearty three-bet.   There would be no folding preflop. How else would this hand qualify for the blog after all? After Farrell called, the flop spread out Ac 4s 9d. Fara was expected to continuation bet, and did so, for 2.5k. Farrell called,...
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19
Apr

All Change! New TV Lineup

If you’re watching the pure audiovisual entertainment that is the twitch.tv/partypokertv stream, you may want to know all the surnames, who’s next to whom etc. So – here you go (in seat order): Joseph Nelson Nizar Abudaoud Brian Dowling Kim Kilroy Edward Hendrick Joseph Wilkinson Owen Robinson Tarjei Forus
19
Apr

“No More Bluffing” for Barry

The clue is in the title for this hand between Barry Grime and Dinh Le.  Le three-bet preflop from the button (blinds 150/300, exact amount unknown but somewhere in the region of 2,200) and Grime made the call. Flop: 8d Js 9s.  Check to Le, who bet 3,100.  Grime called. Turn: Th.  Now Grime led out sharpish for 7,000 and after a brief think, Le let his hand go.  Grime revealed his 4s 6s, was called “the English bluffer” and told his table, “No more bluffing.  No more,” which is about as likely as the players all being happy with...
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