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Main Event Day 2 Live Blog

20
Apr

Same Hand, Different All-In: Miller Does Not Pay the Price

Glenn Miller was all in for less than 50k preflop, called by Kevin Price. Poor Mr. Miller had to endure a 10 minute pause while first other tables played out their hands and then the first all-in-and-call was announced across the room. When it got around to his turn, he and Price shook hands like gentlemen before the cards were flipped, and his patience was eventually rewarded with a double up to around 100k. Miller: As-Kc Price: 9h-Th Board: 8h 2c 8d Ks 4s
20
Apr

Hand for Hand All-in on the bubble #1

Timothy Chung opened the button on table 3 to 15k, Douglas Henshall raised it up to 45k in the small blind, and in the big blind Joseph Wilkinson came in over the top for well over 250k. Chung folded tens apparently (if we heard correctly), and after a bit of deliberation Henshall called for about 200k. Wilkinson would survive, but would Henshall? It was Ks Kc for Henshall and Qh Qd for Wilkinson. The flop brought the possibility of backdoor hearts, 9h 4c 3h, the turn was the 8s, and the river was the Ac. An unexciting run out given...
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20
Apr

Marc Macdonnel doubles on the bubble

On a As 2s 6s flop, there was a 20k bet from Joseph Baker, a 100k raise from Theofanis Poziopoulos, and an all-in from Marc Macdonel to about 115k total. Baker folded, leaving himself maybe 3 big blinds! Macdonel showed Js Ts for a flopped flush after Poziopoulos called and showed 2d 2c. The board ran out 9h Th and the Irishman survives!
20
Apr

Tsik Hand on the Bubble

Konstantinos Tsikopoulos was the big blind when micro-stacked Eddie Deighan took the plunge for just a few big blinds preflop.  The table waited tensely for TD Nick to come and announce the hand. Deighen: Qc Qh Tsikopoulos: Ks Ts The flop: Kh 5d 4s.  An sigh of sympathy ran round the card room. The turn:  Qs! Could there be a more exciting card?  The room cheered him. Actually cheered a short stack doubling up on the bubble.  What could sum up the atmosphere at the Irish Open more than that.  My cold heart is warmed. The river: Ad.  Deighen lives...
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20
Apr

Thody on FIRE: Busts Two Players in Back-to-Back Hands

What a time to be on the bubble if you’re James Thody and running so hot we can feel the steam coming off him from our table.  We only caught the first bust-out when it was already at maximum pressure, the clock called on Corne Scheel on the river. The board: Kh 5d Qc Ts 8d.  The pot, over 100k.  Thody checked, Scheel bet 67,000.  Scheel check-raised all in (to 238,000). “I don’t know if I can fold,” murmured Scheel.  When the floor came to time him down 30 seconds, he slapped in the rest of his chips, turning over...
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20
Apr

Alper, Brophy Double to Face the Bubble

“Ace-king of clubs,” Tim Farrelly was telling anyone and everyone, “I had the ace-king of clubs.” This occurred not long after he’d opened to 12k, only for Miguel Coussement to make it 29.5k and Steven Alper to make it All In for 91.5k. Farrelly really didn’t like to let the hand go, but let it go he did, and was soon rewarded when Coussement made the call and revealed Qh-Qc while Alper turned over Ks-Kd. How could Farrelly have known that the board would roll out Kh 6c Tc 3h 8c? No-one, that’s who. Farrelly’s on 150k, Coussement’s dropped to...
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20
Apr

Cox Eliminated; Chips Immediately Lost in Farrell’s Giant Stack

Paul Cox is one of the unlucky few who will still be leaving the Irish Open Main Event without a share in the €1,805,870 prize pool. On a heads up flop with Niall Farrell, the pot already stood at 72,500, the board Jc 9h 3d.  Farrell checked, Cox bet 50,000 and after a quiet chip twiddle Farrell raised to 115,000.  Cox Made the call (under 160 behind).  On the 7d turn, Farrell led out 135,000 and Cox was all in, the cards on their backs in moments. Cox: Qd Qx Farrell: 33 for a flopped set.  Nothing came on the...
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20
Apr

Big Stacks Near the Bubble

Here are the biggest stacks in the room while the players are on their dinner break – that’s a pretty hefty chip lead that Firaldo’s got there. Just 239 players remain of the 1,807-strong field, and as only 223 places pay out, that means that 16 of them are not going to get paid. Blinds/ante will be 2.5k/5k/5k when they return. Niall Farrell 1,055,000 Ronan Sweeney 750,000 Max Silver 700,000 Martin Franke von Zweigbergk 685,000 Pojan Salim 610,000 Peter Cahill 585,000 John Campbell 565,000 Mitch Johnson 510,000 Konstantinos Tsikopoulos 480,000
20
Apr

Orbiting Niall Farrell

While we were going round and round this eternal celestial path, we thought to stop and stargaze a round featuring current shooting star Niall Farrell. The man has a lot of chips, that much you know. In fact, returning from break earlier, already with the tournament chip lead, he got dealt pocket aces and flopped top set. But surely there is more than just sunrunning to his ascension. Can eight hands under observation tell us anything about how he gets them chippies? Judge for yourself. In the big blind we began our observations and Farrell was facing a raise and...
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