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Main Event Day 2 Live Blog

20
Apr

Last Year’s Champion Won’t Be This Year’s Champion

Farewell to Ryan Mandara, who won the 2018 €1,150 Irish Open Main Event for €250,000 right here at Citywest.  We didn’t see how he got short, but when he moved all-in even Eoghan Young covered him (with under 50,000 himself; average is now 140,000  with blinds at 1,200/2,400). Mandara tabled As Ts against the Qh Qd of Young and watched a board with two few spades and no aces or straightening cards end his chances for back-to-back trophies.
20
Apr

Luther Pays Vogt on the River

Nikita Luther, who judging from the start-of-day chip counts was a direct Day 2 entry, has made the most of the three levels so far played today. Until recently she was up to 160,000, but a big call against Adrian Vogt sent her down to average.  They were heads up to a flop of 3h 8d 3d with a pot small enough that it must have been a small preflop open from Vogt in late position and a call from Luther in the blinds. Luther checked, Vogt bet 2,500 and she made the call. Turn: Ad.  Now Luther led out...
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20
Apr

Tompkins doubles, Ward out

But one was not the result of the other. First with the bad news. The man who is either the best dressed in the room, or had an inconvenient day of washing befall him today ( see (hear…it is loud) shirt in the picture) had little choice but to check jam all-in on Js 8s 2s with Kh 8c, as he was falling quite short. The preflop aggressor and continuation better, Ronan Sweeney, bet-called the sub 15 big blind shove with Qs 7s. There was equity still left in the deck for Ward, and the turn paired the board, a...
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20
Apr

Crash & Byrne?

Jamie Byrne is now in possession of a short stack after falling foul of Hans Homner for a 111k pot. I caught it on the turn – 6h 8s 4h 3d – with 28k already in the middle, and Homner (middle position) betting 16.5k to Byrne’s (utg) check. After a lengthy pause, Byrne made the call. The river was the 9d and Byrne checked again, prompting Homner to bet 25k. Byrne once more disappeared into the tank, and this time he stayed there. At other tables, hands came and went. We all grew older.  The unnamed thirsty player from a...
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20
Apr

New Lease of Life for Lategui and Wiborg

Within moments of each other, Andreas Wiborg and Martin Lategui have regained average stacks (c.111k).  First up, Andrzej Szturma opened preflop to 3,500 (blinds 800/1,600) called by button Aidan O’Hagan.  Then small blind Antonino Gagliano moved in for 34,000.  Out of the blue (well, the big blind, at least) came Andreas Wiborg, and his shover for c.60k got rid of the other two. Gagliano: Ts Jh Wiborg: 8h 8c Despite calling for a jack repeatedly, the deck disobeyed Gagliano and he’s out of the Main Event. On a table next door, under the gun Colum Higgins raised to 4,000.  Button...
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20
Apr

Silver slays O’Brien

Action at table 33 folded around to James J O’Brien, local Irishman, who completed in the small blind. Max Silver, father to local Irish child, checked his option in the big blind, still playing a huge and poorly organized stack. Kc 9d 7h was the flop. O’Brien checked, Max bet 3k, and O’Brien called. The turn was the 3d, O’Brien checked again. Then it all happened so quickly. We think Max bet something in the 9k region. O’Brien ripped his stack all-in at any rate. Something in the 50k neck of the woods. Soon as he had, cards were on...
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20
Apr

Thirsty Work

A commotion in the tournament area just now, as a bellow of, “50 euros to anyone who brings me a drink!” reverberated across the room. The player, who shall remain nameless, had apparently been trying and failing to attract the attention of a waitress for some time, and had eventually decided to take matters into his own hands, first clambering up on to his chair for maximum effect. Upon hearing this announcement, fellow Main Event hopeful Giancarlo Santolin literally jumped out of his own seat halfway across the room and bounded over to Mr. Thirsty to take his order. Santolin (pictured,...
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20
Apr

Leaderwatch: The First Break Edition

Thomas Kolnes 477,000 Fergal Farrelly 380,000 Kevin Price 310,000 Evangelos Bechrakis 307,000 Karen Muir 290,000 Niall Farrell 285,000 Ronan Sweeney 255,000 Jay O’Toole 254,000 Max Silver 250,000 John Campbell 250,000 Gregor Prismic-Martini 245,000 Colm Tuite 238,000 Luke Walsh 235,000 Tomas Murnikas 235,000 Masoud Etemadherisi 230,000 Jonathan Cummings 225,000 Sonke Jahn 225,000 Darren Taylor 217,000 Eugene Hanratty 215,000 Camila Reventlow 210,000 Sean Conroy 205,000 Nikita Luther 195,000 Adam Lulat 195,000 Adam Lappin 195,000 Usman Siddique 190,000 Gareth McMahon 190,000
20
Apr

The spinning room around Niall Farrell

Michael Butterly raised in early position, was called by Colm Tuite on the button. Niall Farrell three-bet from the small blind to a rather large 15.9k. This was called in both spots. Big pot brewing! The flop fell Qc Td 7h. Farrell checked, Butterly bet 14k, and Tuite and Farrell both called. We calculate the pot at this juncture to have been just shy of 100k. The turn was the Kd. Spicy chicken alert! Why the local bar staff shouted this at this moment in time, we didn’t inquire. But just about anyone in this pot could have a straight,...
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20
Apr

The Carnage Continues

Not even two levels in, and we’ve already lost well over 200 players from the 773 who started Day 2. Minds = boggled. Among the dead, sorry, busted, are Surinder Sunar, Vamshi Vandanapu, and Roberto Romanello, along with the less alliterative 2016 Main Event champion Dan Wilson, Americas Cup winner Duff Charette, and women’s poker advocate Daiva Byrne (pictured).
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