With all of the excitement of the 2014 World Series of Poker emanating from Las Vegas it is easy to forget that there are major poker tournaments taking place elsewhere around the globe. One such poker tournament is in full swing in the Emerald Isle, Killarney to be exact, where the ever-popular Boyle Poker Irish Poker Open has set up shop.
The three starting flights are now completed and play has progressed to the official Day 2. Over the course of those three start days, 376 players ponied up the €200 buy-in and created a prize pool of €75,200.
When Day 2 kicks off on Sunday afternoon, the 151 players who managed to safely navigate their way through the minefield that is a live poker tournament’s Day 1 will return to their seats and bet, fold and bluff their way towards the money places, of which there are 39.
Finish in the first payout tier and €375 will be theirs. Progress to the final fable and this sum increases to a much more substantial €1,575 while the eventual champion receives the winner’s trophy and a bankroll-boosting €20,250 for their efforts. Plus they can brag to their friends that they are as good at poker as John O’Shea, who you may recall took down the Galway leg of this exciting tour back in February.
Leading the 151 hopefuls back into battle is Rohan Perara who ended Day 1b with a tournament leading stack of 254,200 chips. Perara has some impressive results on his poker CV, mostly stemming from the popular Fitzwilliam Card Club in Dublin where he has won no fewer than 10 tournaments. He certainly knows his way around the poker table and now that he has masses of chips at his disposal has to be one of the favourites to go all the way and secure another victory.
Hot on Perera’s heels are two other players who bagged up over 200,000 chips each. Deccy Cassidy (234,700) and Michael Daly (225,800) are both nicely poised to make a deep run in the Killarney main event and should be up among the high finishing places once the tournament comes to its conclusion.
Play resumes at 12:00pm with blinds of 1,000/2,000/200a making the average stack 74,700. UK & Ireland PokerNews will have a recap of the day’s play for you to enjoy on Monday, until then, good luck to the returning 151 players still in the hunt for the IPO Killarney title.
IPO Killarney Start-of-Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts