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Main Event Day 2 Live Blog

20
Apr

The diminishing chances of the bearded

Tom Kitt has been seen smiling at the bar, Daragh Davey has busted and jumped into a cash game. Meanwhile the clean-shaven Dara O’Kearney just took a ride on the average-stack elevator at the expense of one Mustafa Uyar. He three-bet Uyar’s 3,200 open to 11,500 in middle position and the young man pushed a whole stack of greens across the line. Snap. As Ad for O’Kearney and Kd Ks for Uyar. What a life. The board ran out clean 6h 3h 6d 9c Ts and O’Kearney is back in the running, near enough to the 93k chip average.
20
Apr

Doubles and Busts

When cards are on their backs in the second level of Day 2, it’s most often because a short stack has manoeuvred their tournament life onto the line preflop.  We’ve just lost one player whose 4,200 all-in move on the small blind after a 4,000 button open from Gareth McMahon smacked of “just lost a big pot with most of my stack in it.”  Unfortunately by the time the circuit of the room had been completed, the efficient staff had updated 10 bust outs on our kHoldem link (scroll down blog for this) so we’ll call him Mr. Exit. Surinder...
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20
Apr

News from the Big Stacks

Day 1a chip leader Thomas Kolnes is up to 290k after extracting 25k from William O’Hora on the river of a Ks 3d Ah Js Tc board. Kolnes (button) showed Ad-Qs for top pair, top kicker, and O’Hora (cutoff) mucked with a look of disgust, dropping to 60k in the process. Other news from the big stacks: Niall Farrell is at around 250k, not much change from his starting stack, which is a pretty good result given how markedly less perky he is today than he was last night. In case you missed Laura’s interview with him, or you need...
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20
Apr

If in Doubt, Triple Barrel

Camila Reventlow has two Irish Open side event cashes already, but is looking for a big Main Event result to add to her live résumé.  Her Day 1 performance made this wish a good possibility, and her stack is still near 200,000 after this hand with William McIlroy: On a 4s 2s 2h, McIlroy checked to her (I presume she was the pfr) and she bet 2,200.  Call. Turn: Jd.  McIlroy checked again.  She bet 4,700.  Call. River: Ks.  A third check, and Reventlow bet 11,500.  Call. Reventlow snap-mucked, and McIlroy’s stack rises above 100,000.  
20
Apr

Two Flush Draws > One Flush Draw

So says Thomas Ward (pictured, looking like anthropomorphised Holiday), who has just doubled up to 40,000 after a fortunate run-out.  Ward moved all in preflop when it folded to him on the cutoff for 18,600 (still Level 1 of Day 2, 600/1,200).  Button Martin Rice made the call, and the blinds got out of the way. Rice: Ah Qh Ward: Ac Qs All five at once: 8h 9c 7c…Jc…4c! The flush doubled Ward who said, “Two flush draws. Skill game,” in his trademark laconic style.
20
Apr

Hopes Being Crushed at an Astonishing Rate

Wow, the TD wasn’t kidding – 20 minutes in, and we’ve already lost more than 50 players, including Daragh Davey, Andrew Hulme, Mark Spelman, Björn Geissert and Joe Beevers (pictured). Remember, you can see live bustouts by repeatedly hitting refresh over on K Poker (please note, though, chip counts are not being updated until at least the first break), giving you a real sense of the speed at which dreams are being shattered here in this monstrous Day 2.
20
Apr

“Typical Norwegian Call”

Jens Riis is just one of the short stacks taking the plunge in Level 1, but we happened to see his shove pre moment: in mid-position with 17,900 (blinds 600/1,200).  His left hand side neighbour Espen Sandvik called, and the other four players left to act decided to get out of the way. “Thank you! Finally!” said Riis, because someone had elected to give him a shot at a double up.  The news wasn’t good, however: Riis: Kd Jc Sandvik: Ac Jd “Typical Norwegian call,” said Riis (a Swede). It looked like the rail beckonded for Riis over the Ts...
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20
Apr

Day 2: The Sound of Ripping Plastic

The clock has count down and we hear all those familiar sounds. Plastic giving way, slowly, as poker players get their first workout of the week, chips spilling out onto felt, being rearranged and shuffled for good measure — it is all happening now. We have 773 players on the board now, so we’ve seen quite a few people register now for Day 2. We’ll get you that exact figure shortly. Niall Farrell, Thomas Kolnes, Max Silver, Evangelos Bechrakis , Kim Callow, Kyle Cook, and Tan Le have all broken through the 200,000 ceiling (Evangelos being over 300k!) so we’ll...
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