When PokerNews spoke to Irish Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain a few short weeks ago, Blain revealed that the Irish poker scene “is pretty” healthy and that his fellow Irishmen “love playing poker.” If the attendance figures from Day 1a of the 2014 UKIPT Dublin Main Event are anything to go by then Mr Blain was telling the God’s honest truth because an impressive 226 players bought into the €700+€70 buy-in tournament on Thursday and an even larger crowd is expected on Day 1b.
Of those 226 starters only 104 managed to navigate their way through the minefield that is a Day 1 of a major live poker tournament. The man who managed to successfully bet, three-bet and bluff his way to the top of the chip counts was Ireland’s Noel McMahon, who happened to be the only person to finished Day 1a with a six-figure stack.
Speaking to the PokerStars Blog, McMahon said his success was mainly down to his big hands holding up and being paid off handsomely with them.
McMahon may have the bragging rights of being the overnight chip leader, but it could have been a different story had one or two pots gone the way of those in the chasing pack. Only 7,400 chips separate McMahon from Philipp Teipel (99,200), Mathias Puzich (98,700), Lewis Barber (98,600) and Declan Barker (97,000).
Season 4 UKIPT Dublin Main Event Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
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As you would expect from a UKIPT event, plenty of familiar faces were in the Day 1a field and a decent number of them will appear again on Saturday’s Day 2. Recent European Deepstack Poker Championship Main Event champion Cathal Shine (87,600), Season 1 UKIPT Dublin winner Joeri Zandvliet (81,100), Paul “CelticFC” Febers (68,900), Irish legend Andy Black (53,900), Sam Grafton (29,400), Dara O’Kearney (25,200), the hilarious Sam Razavi (24,400), and Steve O’Dwyer (9,800) being a handful-and-a-half of those stellar names making it through Day 1a’s eight levels.
Day 1b commences at noon on Friday and ends upon the completion of eight 60-minute levels. A bumper crowd is expected to descend on the Mansion House in Dublin, with some social media users hinting at Day 1b being a complete sell-out! Everything points to the €350,000 guarantee being smashed to smithereens and we will bring you official prize pool information as soon as it becomes available to us.
Lead image courtesy of the PokerStars Blog, taken by Danny Maxwell.