Day 1b of the 2015 MPN Poker Tour Dublin Main Event, dubbed the Irish Poker Cup, took place on Thursday afternoon and saw another 146 players take to the felt to begin their quest of becoming a poker champion. The dream ended, albeit temporarily thanks to the re-entry format, for all but 39 of them, those surviving players return to the fray on Saturday.
Barry McGovern topped the chip counts with his 228,300 stack, an impressive total but one that leaves Day 1a leader, Michael Conaty, in pole position. McGovern can usually be found playing low stakes tournaments in Bray, but has upped the ante and paid €500 to enter this event, a decision that looks like a good one on his early form.
MPN Poker Tour Dublin Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts
Finishing the night as the only other player with more than 200,000 chips was Winnie Robinson (228,000), but there were some big names in the chasing pack.
Ending the day in third place was Chris Dowling and his 186,900 stack. Dowling has close to $500,000 in live tournament winnings including a €12,500 score won for his 13th place finish in the 2015 Paddy Power Irish Open earlier this year. Now Dowling has a big stack, he is one to watch going into Day 2 and beyond.
Tom Kitt, winner of the 2014 Winamax Poker Open in Dublin, progressed with a 164,000 stack while the likes of Daniel Tighe (153,100), Ivan Tononi (140,800), Nicky Power (135,000), Alex Tikhoniouk (97,300), Declan Connolly (60,000), Shaun Hegarty (41,000), and Jason Tompkins (38,300) all made it through to Day 2.
Friday’s Day 1c is expected to be huge with it being players’ last chance to put themselves in contention for a slice of the €250,000 guaranteed prize pool. At least 301 entries need processing in order to hit the guarantee but we don’t believe that will be a problem at all.
Martin Keown Wins the Omaha Side Event
Running alongside the Main Event’s Day 1b action as the popular Pot Limit Omaha event (we all know how the Irish love their PLO). John Keown went into the six-handed final table with almost twice the number of chips as anyone else and eventually emerged victorious.
Patrick McGinley was the first of the finalists to fall and he was followed to the rail by Tom Hanlon, tour regular Revo Kink and Nigel Murphy, the latter’s exit leaving Vincent O’Toole and Keown to lock horns heads-up.
It was a battle that Keown walked away from relatively unscathed, clutching the winner’s trophy and €3,800 in cash.