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Main Event Day 2 Live Blog

21
Apr

Chip Leaders, Level 19 (Penultimate of the Day)

Niall Farrell 1,700,000 Max Silver 1,528,000 Christopher Gee 1,200,000 Martin Franke Von Zweigbergk 1,130,000 Mustapha Gultekin 853,000 Gareth McMahon 840,000 James Daly 840,000 Pojan Salim 830,000 Conor Phelan 815,000 Daniel Stacey 800,000 Bas De Laat 800,000 Ronan Sweeney 745,000 Kieran Ryan 695,000 Evangelos Bechrakis 677,000 Ian Simpson 660,000 Jonas Kilian 600,000 Shaun Conroy 590,000 Marius Catalin Stancescu 580,000 Anthony Phillips 535,000 Gary Clarke 510,000 Terence Etim 510,000 Luke Walsh 496,000 Sonke Jahn 490,000 Erik Ostergaard 410,000 Rehman Kassam 405,000 Jay O’Toole 403,000 Alan Trueick 400,000
21
Apr

Farrell’s got his grind on

Tommaso Bonini opened the pot in early position (we are in the waning moments of 3k/6k/6k) and Niall Farrell called in middle. The blinds did not come along on their little adventure and the pair saw a Qs 3s 3d flop heads-up. The action proceeded check check. On the 6d turn, Bonini fired 15k and Farrell called quickly. The river was the 7c and Bonini checked. Farrell took a moment to size up his opponent and his opponent’s stack. Then he cut out 2 yellow 1ks and a grey 25k chip, for a river bet of 27k. Bonini called and...
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21
Apr

Diamonds for Silver

Trevor Crawford has become Max Silver’s latest victim, getting it in with Kh-Qc on a 3c Qd 5d flop, only for Silver’s Ad-2d to hit his flush on the 4d turn (for posterity: river 8h). Crawford finished in 172nd place for €2,050; Silver meanwhile could be heading for a rather larger payday – on 1.49 million, he’s now vying with Niall Farrell for the chip lead.
21
Apr

Santolin Busts to “Guy that Runs Like God” (Max Silver)

Giancarlo Santolin (pictured) raised preflop (his stack around 160k) and was three-bet by Max Silver.  We didn’t see the bet sizings because we were alerted to this hand by the exclamation of surprise from Santolin when he’d moved all in and been snap-called. Santolin: Ts Td Silver: As Ad “You run SO good!” commented Santolin, “But I’m gonna run better. Ten!” Flop: Js Ac Kh.  “Queen!” Turn: 7h. “Queen!” River: not a queen. Santolin bust, but shook Silver’s hand with a shrug.  “This guy runs like God, bro.  Obviously he’s three-betting there. He’s three-betting everything!”  Silver can continue three-betting everything...
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21
Apr

Selected Chip Counts in Level 18

180 players remain, blinds/ante 3k/6k/6k. Niall Farrell 1,500,000 Max Silver 1,080,000 Martin “Franke” von Zweigbergk (pictured) 950,000* Marc MacDonnell 470,000 Ankit Ahuja 360,000 Mick Graydon 320,000 Dave Masters 290,000 Sean Prendiville 290,000 Benny Glaser 265,000 Giancarlo Santolin 146,000 Mark Buckley 130,000 *VERY approximate chip count – as you can see, Franke has chosen not to stack in 20s, but rather in arbitrarily sized towers – just one of several things he is doing that we suspect are winding his table up a bit.
20
Apr

Norway, Denmark rivalry briefly resumes at table 7

Norway’s Trygve Leite called the all-in shove of Denmark’s Camila Reventlow just now, with every intention of busting her with his Kc Qs. She was ahead, but by as little as possible, holding Ad 2h. The board ran out quite low, Td 5h 7c 8d 3h. “Back in business,” Reventlow breathed a sigh of relief. Leite is in danger of getting short now after having a big stack all day.
20
Apr

No Respect for Walsh’s UTG Raise

Shawn Walsh has a stack of around 700,000 after a hand against, well, his whole table.  Walsh raised under the gun to 13,000 (blinds now 3k/6k) called in turn by George McKeever, Neil Rawnsley, and Dinh Le.  Small blind Jiushuang Wang was well aware of the chips piling in the middle, and decided that this was the spot to jam for 175,000.  Back to Walsh, who sat very still for a while before going all-in himself (comfortably covering all his potential opponents).  This effectively isolated Wang, and the cards were turned up: Wang: Kd Qh Walsh: Ac Jh The board...
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20
Apr

Post bubble madness ensues

We have seen an all-in and a call with neither player having a card over 7, we saw a raise-call for over 100k with 4d 5d (to double up Ad Qs), and we saw many players hitting the showers (well the metaphorical ones, it is hot in here and no one seems to be aware of the inexorable result), their poker in this tournament over. What’s that phrase? “You don’t have to go home — but you can’t play anymore poker in this exact seat at this precise table.” There is of course plenty of more poker on offer around...
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20
Apr

Basile Finds His Tens Faulty

I’m not sure when the chips went in, but I strongly suspect it was before the flop or on it: Nicola Basile: Ts-Td Max Silver (pictured): Ad-9h Board: 5s 9d 5c Ac 8c The Irish Open Heads Up champion was thus defeated by the Irish Open High Roller champion, and gets €1,750 for 219th place. Meanwhile Silver is going for gold – he’s up to around 930k with the average at 269k.
20
Apr

Michael Mazilu Bubbles Record-Breaking Main Event

Finally, with players no longer able to obey the floor’s instructions to STAY IN YOUR SEATS during all-ins, the third all-in situation on the third hand of the bubble released the tension by busting someone. The all-in situation occurred on the river, unusually, with a board standing 3s Tc Jh Ks 2c.  The all-in player was Michael Mazilu, with Mustapha Gultekin his opponent.  I don’t know if they let each other know what hands they had, but Mazilu did not look exactly cheerful.  And he was standing up. Finally the pain was ended – Mazilu showed Ts Jc for two...
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