The Regency Airport Hotel was packed to the rafters on Friday thanks to a massive crowd of 438 players choosing Day 1c to start their quest for 2015 Full Tilt International Poke Open (IPO) Dublin glory.
Upon the completion of 13 levels, according to the end of day IPO chip counts, 148 players remained and none of them had more chips than Philip Carroll who had to cram 307,800 chips into his overnight chip bag, the only player across all three flights to break through the 300,000 barrier.
2015 Full Tilt IPO Dublin Main Event Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts
|4||Wilco van de Kuijt||215,300|
Back in 2012, Carroll was the runner-up in a €350 buy-in Super Poker Event of Europe in Dublin and netted a career-best €28,400 and is now on course to eclipse that impressive sum thanks to his blistering start in this $250 buy-in event. Anything can and does happen in no limit hold’em poker tournaments so him doing so is still a long shot, but anyone who accumulates a huge Day 1 stack is usually going to be there or thereabouts.
With so many chips in play for Day 1c, it was unsurprising to see six other players finish the night with more than 200,000 chips. Aly Khalil (264,300), Brendan Johnston (240,800), Wilco van de Kuijt (215,300), Darren Millar (212,500), Thomas Ward (207,000) and Thomas Harvey (206,700) being that sextuplet.
The impressive turnout on Day 1c takes the total attendance to an impressive 811 with one more starting flight remaining. That starting flight kicks off at 12:00pm on Saturday afternoon and could be even larger than Day 1c, which means a final figure of 1,300 entrants seems likely and some massive prizes will be on offer.
Later on Saturday, at 9:00pm, there is a €115 no limit hold’em turbo tournament and then as the clocks approach midnight there is a €60 turbo for those who can’t sleep!