Alan White ended Day 1a of the 2015 Full Tilt International Poker Open (IPO) Dublin Main Event with 297,300 chips and was that starting flight’s chip leader. He returned to the action on Sunday afternoon and turned those 297,300 chips into a tournament leading 4,565,000 and is in pole position going into the finale on Monday.
2015 Full Tilt IPO Dublin Main Event Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts
White bulldozed his way through the Day 2 field, which started with 473 players in contention for the $56,314.00 first place prize and ended with a much more manageable 40. White’s colossal stack contains almost two million more chips than his nearest rival, Patrick Kiely (2,600,000), and his destiny is now in his own hands, at least to some degree.
John Fitzgerald (2,000,000) was the only other player to end the night with at least two million chips, although the aggressive David Ninh (1,945,000) came close to breaking through that mark and is one to watch going into Day 3.
Another player to look out for is Feargal Nealon who, according to the Full Tilt Blog, nursed a short stack for large periods of Day 2, but did so expertly and bagged up 780,000 chips at the close of play. Also look for the name of Robert Pekel (525,000) as he attempts to reach back-to-back IPO Dublin Main Event final tables.
Each of the returning 40 players is guaranteed at least $1,050 for their efforts so far thanks to the money bubble bursting during Day 2. There was some confusion at first because of a miscount of players, but this was quickly resolved and the 151 players who had chips in front of them were all in the money.
James Daly won the unwanted title of Bubble Boy, with Adam Murphy being the first player to crash out inside the money places. Also finishing in the money were the dangerous Nicholas Newport (130th for $500), Michael “BIGMICKG” Graydon (101st for $600), and Keith Cummins (74th for $700).
Play resumes at noon and continues until a champion is crowned. It looks like White could be that champion, but tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews on Tuesday to see if that is the case.
Lead image courtesy of the Full Tilt blog