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Main Event Day 2 Live Blog

20
Apr

Relegated to the Rail

David Clarkson has recently arrived at the rail, his K6 short-stacked shove smacking into Tim Farrelly’s pocket aces like a fly into a windscreen. Farrelly’s up to 170k, by the way. Clarkson is in good company on the rail/at the bar/in the side events and/or cash games, though – other players who’ve busted in the past couple of levels include Donnacha O’Dea, Andy Black, Phil Huxley, Ambrose Travers, Tan Le, Natalia Breviglieri, Kim Kilroy, Espen Jørstad, Dermot Blain and Will Kassouf.
20
Apr

Lulat to Killian: “So Loose!”

A pretty big hand took place as the last level before the dinner break drew to a close.  Heads up on a Td 4h 8h 8d board (the eight of diamonds the turn card), Adam Lulat check-raised Jonas Killian to 43,000 (with 250k behind to Lulat’s 100-odd-k behind).  Killian made the call. River: 8d.  Out led Lulat for 80,000, most of his opponent’s stack.  He though about it for a while, looked at his stack and then with a firm headshake made the call. “You’re good,” said Lulat, clearly not wanting to turn his hand over. This was insisted upon;...
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20
Apr

Pearn and O’Kearney’s Super Short Shove Spots

Both Thomas Pearn and Dara O’Kearney have hit the rail in the Main Event. O’Kearney didn’t have a great Day 2, and was on the big blind in serious chip peril when his final hand was dealt.  It was Ah 6d – things were looking up.  But Stephen McAllister had to go and call with As 7d.  Both hit their kickers on the flop, but seven is higher than six and O’Kearney headed out. Pearn moved in for 25,000 (we don’t know whether this stack was the result of a single big hand or a slow diminishing), called by Marius...
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20
Apr

Farrell in 1st, von Zweigbergk in 2nd, Both in Their Cups

Niall Farrell remains chip leader for now, but note the sudden surge of TV crew head honcho Franke von Zweigbergk, Bane Of The Cash Games, encourager of shots, terrible influence on the blog team etc! If it weren’t for the presence of Max Silver in third place, we might infer a relationship between stack size and chat volume/beer consumption. Niall Farrell 800,000 Martin Franke von Zweigbergk 650,000 Max Silver 555,000 Sean Prendiville 415,000 Camila Reventlow 380,000 Dave Masters 275,000 Paul Jackson 270,000 Ian Simpson 260,000 Marc MacDonnell 215,000 Mick Graydon 210,000 Will Kassouf 155,000 Jake Cody 110,000 Gary Clarke 90,000...
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20
Apr

Shiner shining, chip stack rising

Cathal Shine was in middle position and raised to 6k in this our latest level. It folded around and the only one in a position to prevent him from scooping the pot right then and there was Yucel Eminoglu, whose position was, you guessed it, the big blind. Eminoglu made the call and the two saw a Js 6s 9c flop. Check, bet 10k, call. The 9d hit the turn, pairing the board, and the action checked through. The Qc river completed the board, Eminoglu bet out 22k with what looked like confidence. The man often referred to as Shiner...
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20
Apr

Good Job the JP Poker Masters is a Two-Dayer

The JP Masters gives the Main Event a run for its money in terms of structure, and every year attracts competitors on its own.  The parallel world of the Masters is located in its own room upstairs, but with 289 entries already and late reg. open for another two hours, it is in danger of spilling downstairs into the main tournament area. Among the players giving another Championship a shot after busting the Main are Daiva Byrne, Jan Bendik, Daragh Davey, John Duthie, Feargus Murphy, Katie Swift, and Lee Taylor.  For the full list of entrants, click here. The chip...
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20
Apr

Farrell Back in the Lead at Second Break

Here are the biggest stacks among the remaining 369 players at the end of Level 14. Looks like Niall Farrell’s perked up a bit! Blinds/ante are now 1.5k/3k/3k, and the average stack is just under 150k. Niall Farrell 803,000 Ambrose Travers 510,000 Ivan Tononi 440,000 Gareth McMahon 430,000 Pojan Salim 415,000 Sean Prendiville 410,000 Paul Cox 400,000 Max Silver 380,000 Tomas Fara 340,000 Paul McGann 330,000 Bas de Laat 315,000 Richard Cashman 300,000 Timothy Chung 300,000 Trygve Leite 295,000 Karen Muir 290,000 Paul Leckey 250,000
20
Apr

Silviu Baltatenu folds the best hand, Dillon doubles

Giulio Mascolo three-bet Silviu Baltatenu’s 6k open to a chunky 20k at table 27 (we were there to check on Marc Macdonnel (pictured) and Annette O’Carroll, both were with chips and humming along). Then behind him there, Alan Dillon let rip 50k. When it came back to Baltatenu, he seemed like he had a decision. He wanted to put chips in, but he kept rather comically inspecting Mr Mascolo (as if the exercise would reveal his intentions). He was making no bones about it, as they say, much to his tablemates’ bemusement — they appeared to have seen this before....
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20
Apr

How Much Did You Say?

Numbers have been duly crunched, and we are delighted to announce that this giant-est ever Irish Open Main Event has generated a prize pool of €1,805,870. A total of 223 places will, in the fullness of time, pay out the following amounts: 1 €300,000 2 €190,000 3 €125,000 4 €85,000 5 €63,520 6 €50,000 7 €37,500 8 €27,500 9 €21,000 10-12 €17,500 13-16 €14,000 17-24 €11,500 25-32 €9,250 33-40 €7,750 41-48 €6,500 49-64 €5,500 65-80 €4,500 81-104 €3,650 105-128 €3,000 129-160 €2,450 161-192 €2,050 193-223 €1,750
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