The 2015 Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event is one step closer to crowning its champion after the 258 Day 2 returnees were whittled down to a much more manageable 25 on Saturday’s Day 2. Leading those final 25 back into battle on Sunday is Pierre Calamusa whose 3,200,000 stack is twice the size of any of the others.
2015 Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event Final Day Chip Counts
|11||Louis Le Bourhis||692,000|
|14||Jeremey El Fassy||595,000|
|24||Pierrick Le Goff||233,000|
Calamusa, a Team Winamax Pro, won a massive pot late on Day 2 to soar to the top of the chip counts by some margin. Cieran Tighe and Calamusa entered a preflop raising war that resulted Tighe being all in for 1,657,000 chips holding and in terrible shape against Calamusa’s . The latter flopped a full house to be catapulted to the top of the leaderboard while Tighe headed off into the cold Irish night with a setup hand to tell anyone within earshot.
Tighe exit left Eoin Malone as the last-standing Irishman in the field, and with 1,001,000 chips at his disposal, Malone could halt the French invasion and ensure that the WPO Dublin winner’s trophy remains in the Emerald Isle.
Two of the biggest names still in the hunt for the €70,000 first place prize are both Team Winamax Pros. Three-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Davidi Kitai returns to the fray with 922,000 chips, while Guillaume Diaz has a little more work to do as he starts Day 3, the final day, with 574,000 chips in his arsenal.
Each of the 25 returning players has locked up €3,000 for their substantial effort so far thanks to the money bubble bursting on the evening of Saturday’s Day 2.
The unfortunate soul who burst the bubble was Stephane Godet pushed all-in for a handful of chips (not even enough to make up the big blind) with and the player in the small blind raised and turned over .Godet took the lead on the flop, but the turn gave him a sweat. An unlikely landed on the river, gifting Godet’s opponent trip deuces and with that everyone who had chips in front of them had reached the money place.
All was not lost for Godet as Winamax gifted him an entry into the 2016 WPO Dublin Main Event as a gesture of goodwill.
A flurry of eliminations followed, as is usually the case when the money is distributed and the likes of David Costello, Keith Brennan, Declan Connolly, David Crilly, Dave Masters, Patrick Clarke, Robbie McCormack, and Cieran Tighe all exited with between €1,000 and €3,000.
While Calamusa has a commanding chip lead going into the final day’s play, anything can happen and we’re certain that Malone will do all he can to use the home crowd to his advantage. Check out UK & Ireland PokerNews on Monday morning to see if Malone can win on home soil or if the winner’s trophy is heading back across to France.