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Artan Dedusha Leads Final 14 in the MPN Poker Tour Dublin Main Event

Artan Dedusha


  • Mark Reilly, Daniel Tighe and Chris Dowling all in the hunt for the Irish Poker Cup title

  • €53,485 is the first place prize, who will claim that princely sum?

Only 14 of the 570 entrants in the 2015 MPN Poker Tour Dublin Main Event (The Irish poker Cup) remain I contention for the €53,485 first place prize after the field was decimated during the penultimate day’s play.

More than 150 players returned to their seats on Saturday’s Day 2 with only 63 of those leaving their tournament area with some cash to show for their time at the felt. With that in mind, spare a thought for Con O’Sullivan who fell in 64th place to burst the money bubble and pave the way to riches for the surviving players.

Once O’Sullivan crashed out of the Main Event, the floodgates opened and the headcount dropped like flies.

Such luminaries as Phillip Huxley, Marc MacDonnell, Daniel Chutrov, Colm Hanlon, Alex Tikhoniouk, JP McCann, Tom Kitt, and Jay O’Toole all fell in the money place, with Wilco Draisma being the final casualty of Day 2, falling in 15th place.

MPN Poker Tour Dublin Final Day Chip Counts

1Artan Dedusha2,712,000
2Mark Reilly1,804,000
3Val Zan1,564,000
4Daniel Tighe1,423,000
5Garry McGinty1,419,000
6Toni Ajala1,043,000
7Julie Whitworth711,000
8Brendan Birt650,000
9Brian English597,000
10Chris Dowling570,000
11Michael Conaty502,000
12Philip Baker413,000
13Tommy O’Rourke376,000
14Gediminas Bartkus318,000

Leading the players back into action on Day 3 is Artan Dedusha who appears to be back playing poker after a break, if his Hendon Mob page is anything to go by. Dedusha had a flurry of scores during 2010 then dropped off the radar before cashing again at the start of the year and more recently finishing in 37th place in a €220 side event at the Estrellas Barcelona festival.

Should Dedusha reach the final table, and he’s in a great position to do so thanks to his 2,712,000 stack, he will claim his largest-ever live tournament score.

Going into the final day’s play second in chips is Mark Reilly with 1,804,000 chips. Reilly is ranked 14th in the Irish Global Poker Index and will be quietly confident of returning home with the winner’s trophy once the dust settles in Bewley’s Airport Hotel.

Also in with a legitimate shot of glory is Daniel Tighe who starts the day fourth in chips courtesy of his 1,423,000 stack. Tighe will be keen to reach the higher payouts in this tournament due to him missing the Sunday Majors grind that he’s a familiar face in.

Further down the chip counts, although not out of contention just yet, is Chris Dowling on 570,000 chips. Dowling is ranked one place higher than the aforementioned Reilly by the GPI and should he reach the final table he will be a good bet to go all the way as he puts his experience at the felt to good use

Play resumes in the Main Event at 12:30pm on Sunday 6 September and continues until one man – or woman because Julie Whitworth is still in – has all of the 14,250,000 chips in their possession. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday to discover which of the above 14 players does exactly that.

Lead image courtesy of The Hendon Mob Database

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