The Regency Hotel, Dublin was fit to bursting on Thursday afternoon as 323 poker players headed there to compete in the 2014 Boylepoker IPO Dublin Main Event. By the time 12 hours of intense poker action had gone down, those 323 runners were whittled down to a more manageable 140 who were all out chipped by Eric Doyle.
Doyle is a familiar face in Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Card Club where he has won the majority of his $16,000 live tournament winnings. Doyle’s largest cash weighs in at a cool €7,000 and should he continue in the rich vein of form shown on Day 1a of the 2014 IPO Dublin Main Event he will smash that amount.
Mark Smyth (185,500), another regular on the Dublin poker scene, has done his chances of glory no harm at all, while Colum Campbell (145,000), Paul McGowan (143,000) and Vitalijus Maliasuskas (133,600) also bagged up plenty of chips when the first starting flight concluded.
Rounding out the top 10 were Johnny McGrath (128,200), David Masters (118,500), 2014 Irish Open third-place finisher Liam Chevalier (113,500), Elizabeth Kelly (112,900) and Brandan Liddy (110,000).
2014 Boyle Poker IPO Dublin Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts
A number of big names failed to progress at their first attempt including Michael “BIGMICKG” Graydon, Rory Brown, Mark McDonnell, Sean Prendiville, Nicky Power and former World Series of Poker Main Event final table member Andy Black.
The Boylepoker team tweeted that the IPO Dublin Main Event has more than 500 online qualifiers taking part and a large percentage of them will play on Friday’s Day 1b. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Saturday to discover if anyone managed to out chip Eric Doyle.
Lead image courtesy of the Boylepoker Blog