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2019 Irish Open

19
Apr

Click Here for Day 1b Survivors’ Chip Counts

Evangelos Bechrakis 364,700 Max Silver 261,300 Jonathan Cummins 193,800 Andre Filipe Moreira Marques 190,900 Shaun Conroy 187,200 Mark Muldoon 185,600 Jan Klein 184,000 Michael Graydon 176,000 Jay O’Toole 175,300 Jari Mahonen 171,400 Weijie Zheng 168,000 Gary Mcginty 163,100 Dustin Marc Kuipers 161,000 Stephen Dunphy 159,200 Neal Calvert 156,000 Robert Kaggerud 149,600 Alexandre Barretto 145,300 Benny Glaser 145,300 Anthony Hamilton 142,900 Konstantinos Misailidis 141,900 Darren Lyttle 138,000 Amir Pirbazari 137,900 Marian Ionut Farcas 130,900 Sean Prendiville 130,000 Darren Taylor 125,600 Paul Leckey 120,000 Frank Lillis 119,200 Alexander Jung 117,400 Joel Grunberger 114,900 Lee Gwilliam 113,800 Gary Clarke 113,700 Stuart McNally 112,300...
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19
Apr

Bechrakis Still On Top at End of Day 1b

Esteemed citizens of the internet, Day 1b of the 2019 Irish Open Main Event is over! Surprising absolutely no-one, Evangelos Bechrakis is still top today’s chip counts with an eye-watering 364,700. He’s enjoyed a massive chip lead since at least the dinner break, and indeed he is the current overall chip daddy, with Day 1a chip leader Thomas Kolnes in second place on 278,000. In second place today, and third place overall, is none other than Max Silver, fresh off his High Roller victory, who won a last-minute flip to bag up 261,300. A total of 453 entries were recorded...
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19
Apr

Dream spot turns nightmare chop

John Cormack was licking his chops when we arrived to the table. He was experiencing a warm fuzzy feeling, with something approaching 300k in the middle, amidst a three-way all-in preflop. Cormack had 9d 9s, usually no powerhouse, but in this case he was living the dream. Max Silver, whose six-figure stack he covered, held Ad Kd, and Bryan Nicholson, short-stacked, turned over Ac Ks. The flop was treacherous enough, though, 3h Jh Td. The denizens of table 15, knowing this the last hand of the night, held their collective breath. The Qc made for punctuation and exclamation. Cormack may...
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19
Apr

Stealth Is Wealth

Chip leader Evangelos Bechrakis is like some kind of magical chip-accumulating ninja – we just can’t seem to catch him playing any hands, yet his stack mysteriously keeps on growing. Our best attempt: We caught him checking behind Anthony Lynch on a 4c 8c 5d 3s 5c board, then mucking to Lynch’s Ad-Jc. So at least we know he is capable of losing a hand. However, we have no idea how he is at 300,000 in chips even after that. Bloggers’ minds = blown. Meanwhile in other, much shorter-stacked news: Andy Hills is out, while Chris Dowling is back in.
19
Apr

Enda the Road

Enda Ruane is busto after a one-two punch from Matthias Rohrer.  Both the hand that crippled Ruane and the hand that finished him off involved A-K: first off he raised to 3,200 pre (the final blind level being 500,1,000) to find Rohrer in the small blind moving all in for 32,000.  He only just covered Rohrer, and paused a moment before committing what was effectively his tournament life. Ruane: Ad Kd Rohrer: Qc Qd A tiny sweat of a runner-runner flush draw after the 8c Jc 3d flop was killed by the 7c turn, and the 9h handed Rohrer the...
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19
Apr

Read All About It in the Ladies’

The Ladies’ Championship has reached a final table, and Christina Read from Atlanta, Georgia currently holds a chip lead even larger than Evangelos Bechrakis does in the Main. Reigning champion Rachel Heneghan is there as well. The stacks currently look like so: Christina Read 318,000 Kristina Litmola 148,000 Brigitte Metivier 141,000 Vanessa Haney 137,000 Monika Michno 91,000 Rachel Heneghan 84,000 Susan Wisth 75,000 Kristine Dalen 57,000 You don’t have to take our word for it though – the ladies have been moved over to the feature table for the final, and after a delay of 20 minutes or so, you’ll...
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19
Apr

Chip Counts From Level 9 to Sustain You over the Final Break

The Main Event’s Day 1b has lost over half of its 451 entrants (now 221 remaining), some of them twice.  Here are some notables’ chip counts as the clock ticks down to the final 15 minute break of the day: Evangelos Bechrakis – 285,000 (still the runaway chip leader) Jonathan Cummins – 190,000 Ankit Ahuja  – 105,000 Andy Black – 165,000 Gary Clarke – 100,000 Mark Muldoon – 145,000 Sean Prendiville – 135,000 Julio Cacoilo – 120,000 Paul Leckey – 93,000 Mick Graydon – 85,000 Dermot Blain – 80,000 Ian Simpson – 55,000 (pictured; looking for a second Irish Open...
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19
Apr

Benny Glaser escapes unharmed

Hot on the heels of his runner up finish in the high roller, Benny Glaser is steadily vacuuming up chips. Just now he had cause to give a few back. Glaser opened under the gun here at the 400/800/800 level and Mitch Johnson called in the big blind. The two players saw a flop of Jc Th 8c. Johnson checked, Glaser bet 1.8k, and Johnson called. The turn was the Kh, a tempting card to bet if there ever was one. After Johnson checked, Glaser fired 4k. Another call, a bit slower this time. The river fell the 5s. A...
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19
Apr

Ahuja Daddy?

Ankit Ahuja, whom you may remember from the other night’s Irish Open High Roller Championship final table and also such other escapades as bubbling the Main Event final table last year, is looking in extremely good shape as we approach the latter stages of Day 1b. In the big blind with Kh 2h Td 3d on the board, Ahuja bet 4.8k to what I suspect was a check from Leonardo Mancuso in the small blind. Mancuso now raised to 11k, and after a pause, Ahuja called. The river was the 7s, and Mancuso first tanked up for a bit and...
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