The 2013 International Poker Open Dublin Main Event opened its doors on Thursday for the first of two starting flights in the €230 buy-in tournament. After the conclusion of 12 levels, only 97 of the 250 starters had chips in front of them, with Simon O’Donoghue having to bag the most as play ended for the day.
According to the Boyle Poker Blog, O’Donoghue finished Day 1a with a tournament-leading stack of 229,000 chips. In 2012, O’Donoghue finished 38th in the Irish Open for an €8,000 score. After getting off to a blistering start in the 2013 IPO Main Event, he has a great opportunity to better that payday.
O’Donnoghue’s nearest rival, in terms of chips anyway, is Maliauskas Vitalius who bagged up chips worth 201,000 at the end of the night. Also well placed for a deep run are the likes of Niall Draper (151,900), the man who finished third in the UKIPT Galway Main Event Daragh Davey (125,800) and “Big” Mick Graydon (115,600).
Graydon should be brimming with confidence after a handful of impressive results in the online poker world in recent weeks. One of those results, a second place finish in the PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) netted Graydon a career-best online cash of $105,389.19.
Day 1b commences at 3 p.m on Friday and should see an even larger crowd descend on the Regency Airport Hotel in Dublin. Good luck to everyone who is taking part in what should be a superb day of live poker action.