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Main Event Day 1c/d Live Blog

19
Apr

Banks Banks: Chip Leaders at the Second Break

Gary Banks 135,000 Eoghan Young 112,000 Miguel Coussement 106,000 Will Kassouf 93,000 Luke Walsh 90,000 Joe Lynch 90,000 Ryan Barnes 81,000 George Dimuleasa 80,000 Loukas Kioutsoukis 75,000 Gareth McMahon 74,000 Kyle Cook 72,100 Alex Kukuk 70,000 Anthony Kennedy 70,000 Chris Hutton 70,000 Shane Boucher 70,000 Jamie Byrne 69,000 Michael McCarthy 67,000 Stefan Cretu 66,000 Thomas Naylor 66,000 Joe O’Donaill 66,000 Giulio Mascolo 65,000 Sean Enright 65,000 Ionut-Catalin Mihart 64,000
19
Apr

Banks Accumulating Wealth

Gary Banks must even more caffeinated than the bloggers, as he’s up to what looks like over 120k, with the average stack currently at 34k. Not sure what happened previously, but I witnessed him winning a pretty chunky pot off of Shane McGrory. I caught it from the turn, the board reading 3d 8d 2d 9c. McGrory (small blind) bet out 1,850 and Banks raised to 4,650. After a bit, McGrory made the call. He checked the 6c river and then faced an 8,800 bet from Banks. Another, longer pause, and then another call – swiftly followed by a muck...
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19
Apr

Kassouf on the way up

They call them talking chips and just the man no one wants to have them is adding to his stack. We join the action on the turn on a bedeviling 8d-7h-6c-5s board. Kassouf, out of position to one Colum Millar, has bet out two 1k yellow chips. Mr Millar did not seem too pleased with the 8d on the turn, or so we believed. But then the man surprised us with an all-in to something around 15k. Kassouf didn’t make much ruckus or fuss, he was just going over the hand in his mind. I mean, he was speaking out...
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19
Apr

Mind-Boggling Numbers

Level: 4 Blinds/ante: 100/200/200 Day 1c entries so far: 775 Day 1c players at the tables now: 691 Total entries so far: 1,477 Prize pool so far: €1,513,925 Coffees consumed by the blog team: seven. Each. And a breakfast creme egg courtesy of David Lappin.
19
Apr

Tales from the Other Room

Daiva Byrne (pictured) – 22.5k Steve Watts – 33k Osman “Mad Turk” Mustanoglu – 44k Ladies’ event runner up Christina Read – 38k Mike “Da Bookie” Hill – 18k Jeff Kimber – 32k Lousie Butler – 28k John Duthie – 13k Tony Hardy – 40k Paul Jackson – 44k Roy Brindley – 35k Roberto Romanello – 24k and getting a massage. Me, to Romanello: “You look very relaxed.” Romanello, having his scalp manipulated: “I am.” Tablemate Mark Spelman (26k): “He’s the only one who can relax. We can’t relax while he’s here.”
19
Apr

Harrison Houses Up

Richard Harrison, whose first two levels of Day 1 had not gone perfectly, judging by his stack size, has just doubled back up to 34,000.  WIth the board already fully out – Js 8s 3c 8d Jd – button Harrison had moved in for 8,675 and Ross Buchanan was in the tank.  Eventually he made the call, but mucked when he saw the Jh Td in Harrison’s hand, dropping to 18,000. The morning has gone better for these denizens of the upstairs secondary tournament area: Patrick Clarke – 65,000 (Wants another Irish Open Main Event trophy, his books keep falling...
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19
Apr

Two voices of poker, one resonant, the other Will Kassouf’s

We will have to keep an eye on table 22 from here on out, because Lon McEachern has found himself sat two to the left of another famous poker voice (or was that infamous, we cannot keep track) Mr William Kassouf. “You did most of my work for me that year,” McEachern was saying, the topic of Kassouf’s televised antics already well broached. Meanwhile the respected voice of poker was defending his big blind versus the button raise of the man between the two of them, Tomasz Wrobel. The Qs 6s 4s flop was checked through by McEachern and Wrobel....
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19
Apr

Two Bullets Cracked: Bullet Two for Shealy?

Roger Shealy has been eliminated by Georgios Orestidis (pictured) after his Kh 9h hit two pair vs. Shealy’s aces.  Caught from the turn, the board stood 9d Ks Td 6s, both players with around 22k behind. Big blind Shealy checked, and Orestidis bet 7,000.  Shealy check-raised all-in, and received a snap-call that can’t have felt promising for his Ad Ac.  The rivered 3c changed nothing, and Shealy was left with just 150 chips.  Clearly not a believer in “chip and a chair,” Shealy said, “Good luck, lads,” threw his ID ticket in the middle of the table and walked away...
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