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Main Event Day 2 Live Blog

21
Apr

Ni-ALL the Chips (Full counts included)

Day 2 of the Irish Open Main Event is in the bag, and so are millions of chips for our top 96 survivors.  Today saw the big reveal – the money.   A total of 1,807 entries generated a €1,805,870 prizepool paying 223 places.  Day 2 saw many of them paid, starting with min-cashes of €1,750 and ending with the next player to bust guaranteed €3,650.  The winner will bank €300,000 and a whole lot of prestige, and probably jaegerbombs. Leading tomorrow’s Day 3 (which starts at 13:00) is Niall Farrell, which is a shock to absolutely no one.  Once he...
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21
Apr

Cahill’s Mountains

Oh wow, Seamus Cahill has just perked up, knocking out two players in consecutive hands at Table 6. Hand 1: Alex Kukuk held 6-9 while Cahill held pocket jacks on a board that contained at least one six, but also a jack. Cahill up to 700k. Hand 2: David Phelan got it in with 5h-7h on an 8c 6c 7c flop, but Cahill’s 6s-6h held through the Jd turn and Ks river to claim another scalp. Up to 850k now.
21
Apr

Shaun Conroy: You Can Win, But You Didn’t (Out 108th)

The most recent casualty from the Main Event is Shaun Conroy.  Again, his final hand was not the dramatic one – the fact that he moved all-in blind under the gun for 48k (blinds 5k/10k) strongly suggests that the hand prior had done the damage.  Cutoff Ricardas Vymeris raised to 100k, isolating the emergency all-in player.  Conroy turned his hand over first, a surprise to everyone including him as he said he hadn’t looked: 7c 6h. “You’re lucky,” said Vymeris (although it really didn’t look much like that from where I was standing), “You can win.” I think he meant...
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21
Apr

Cosmin Chis, this tournament’s newest wrecking ball

It is hard to put some players to bed and Cosmin Chis is proving himself just that kind of player. The Romanian opened to 21k under the gun, still terrorizing table 9, and was called by Pojan Salim on his immediate left. When it came to the button in this hand, the dapper Luis Henrique Schneider, the price of poker had to go up. Schneider three-bet to about 75k. It folded back to Chis and he moved all-in for well over 200k. Schneider did not hesitate and called. Chis was not happy and with trepidation turned over Ah Kd. “Why...
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21
Apr

A Mystery Simpson Episode

We bloggers hadn’t seen much of one of two remaining Irish Open champions (with Patrick Clarke!) Ian Simpson for a while, owing to him having been sequestered up on the feature table, so we were delighted when he arrived back in the tournament room proper. The move back to the main floor doesn’t seem to have been to his liking so far though – he’s just dropped 155k in a mysterious preflop raising war with Conor Phelan. The action looked like so: Simpson, hijack: raised to 17k Evangelos Bechrakis: called on the button Phelan: made it 67k from the big...
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21
Apr

Kilian empties a clip on Firaldo

It all kicked off with Tommaso Bonini raising under the gun to 16k and Niall Farrell flat calling in the hijack. It folded around to Jonas Kilian in the small blind, who squeezed to 65k, a bit over 8 big blinds at our new 4k/8k/8k level. Bonini folded quickly and Farrell, with equal speed, made the call. Two big stacks were heads up in a three-bet pot. The flop came down Kd 6d 2s, innocuous enough. Kilian would be well within his rights to feel that this was his board and boy did he lay claim to it. First, he...
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21
Apr

Benett-Martin Running Deep for Canada

Elizabeth Benett-Martin, the lawyer & poker fan mainly responsible for the huge popularity of the Irish Open in Canada (and instigator of the Americas Cup)*, has just doubled through Steven Alper to keep her Main Event dreams alive.  Calling Alper’s preflop raise (to something around 17,000 – blinds 4k/8k/8k bb ante), Benett-Martin check-raised the 3c 5c 7h flop (15k->40k) and Alper called. Turn: Kh.  She moved in for her remaining 93,000.  Alper got a countdown and finally made the call with the nut flush draw.  She held Kc 9c, faded hearts and doubled.  Alper drops to 420,000 chips. *And hands-down...
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21
Apr

Wild, crazy stuff past the stroke of midnight

Cosmin Chishad flatted a raise in the cutoff, Nathan Watson’s raise one seat before him. Facing a continuation bet on Ah 2d Jd, if we got the action right, he called in position. The pair saw the turn heads-up, which was the 8h, which checked through. The river 9c completed the board and the only draw that came in appeared to be Q T. After Watson checked to Chishad on the river the latter decided to bet 45k. This puzzled Watson greatly. He seemed very suspicious. He took a great deal of time. Looking to his left he tried to...
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