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Gabriel Carter Tops Massive MPN Irish Poker Cup Day 1c Field

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  • €250,000 guarantee met after 316 players turn out for the final starting flight

  • Unibet Open Glasgow champion, Daniel Chutrov, finished with a top five stack

  • Eventual champion wins €53,845

The final starting flight of any live poker tournament are almost always the busiest and that certainly ran true in the MPN Poker Tour Dublin Main Event, also known as the Irish poker Cup. Friday’s Day 1c saw a bumper crowd of 316 players take to the felt and after 12 levels of play, all but 95 of them had crashed out and will take no further part in the quest to grab a piece of the €256,500 prize pool.

MPN Poker Tour Dublin Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts

1Gabriel Carter242,600
2Raymond McKenna220,000
3Artan Dedusha216,200
4Stephen McDonagh207,000
5Daniel Chutrov198,000
6Zheng Weijie192,000
7Pat O’Reilly161,000
8Garry McGinty158,800
9Tomas Saltonas149,300
10Mathew Padfield140,000

The United Kingdom’s Gabriel Carter fared the best on Day 1c, finishing the night armed with 242,600 chips. While that total is not enough to claim the overall chip lead – that honour is bestowed on Day 1a’s Michael Conaty – it does put Carter in a good position to make a really deep run in this event.

Three other players bagged up more than 200,000 chips, Raymond McKenna (220,000), Artan Dedush (216,200), and Stephen McDonagh (207,000), while Bulgaria’s Daniel Chutrov (198,000) fell 2,000 chips short of the total; Chutrov won the recent Unibet open Glasgow Main Event.

A handful of big names managed to break through into the Day 2 field including Dermot Blain (108,500), Phillip Huxley (108,200), Nick Slade (104,000), and Colm Hanlon (86,200).

MPN Poker Tour Dublin Main Event Payouts

With all three starting flights now complete and the €250,000 guarantee surpassed, the MPN Poker Tour has revealed how the prize pool is to be distributed.

There are 63 places paid and a min-cash weighs in at €1,000. Anyone reaching the nine-handed final table locks up €4,565 for their efforts, with sixth place awarding the first five-figure score (€10,845). The eventual champion, whoever that shall be, walks away with the priceless bragging rights, the winner’s trophy and €53,845 in prize money, not bad for a few day’s work.

Play resumes at midday and the plan is to burst the money bubble and then progress down to the final table. Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Sunday to discover who made it into the money places and which nine stars have reached the final table of the MPN Poker Tour Dublin Main Event.

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