The World Poker Tour National series dropped anchor in Ireland yesterday for the €1,320 Dublin main event. Leading the way at the end of Day 1a is Jeremy Nock.
A lower than anticipated crowd of 66 players bought in by the time registration had closed its doors, but this is still a solid turnout when one considers yesterday was the first day back at work for a large number of people. A much more significant field is expected for today’s Day 1b, especially as those who busted during Day 1a have the option to re-enter on Day 1b.
Of those 66 entrants, just 17 managed to navigate their way through to Saturday’s Day 2. As mentioned, it is Nock who ended Day 1a as chip leader, his 227,200 stack containing almost 70,000 more chips than his nearest rival Noel Obrien.
Nock is a Welsh national who now resides in Paris, France where he is a property developer who specialises in boutique hotels. When he is not renovating and creating luxurious accommodation, Nock travels the poker circuit where he has had some impressive results of late.
In November, Nock finished third in a €3,000 High Roller event in Paris for a score of €19,300 and he followed that up a couple of weeks later with another third place finish, this time at the WPT Mazagan main event. That particular result bagged Nock the equivalent of $63,539. Nock’s good form continued into December when he completed a trio of third place finishes, this one in a €1,000 buy-in event at the famous Aviation Club de France for €9,870. Now he is on course for another deep run in a major live event.
Day 1b kicks off at 12:00 today and should see a number of Day 1a entrants re-enter. The likes of Jason Tompkins, James Dempsey, Jamie Burland and Padraig Parkinson all busted out at various points of Day 1a and are fully expected to take another shot at glory today.
WPTN Dublin Main Event Day 1a End of Day Chip Counts
Lead image and chip count information courtesy of Irish Poker Boards.