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WPT National Ireland Day 1a: Tony Dunst Tops the Counts

Tony Dunst


  • Tony Dunst is the man to catch after Day 1a of the partypoker €1,100 WPT National Ireland Main Event.

The €1,100 World Poker Tour national Ireland Main Event kicked off in Killarney on September 15 and saw 46 players take to the WPT-branded felt. After the completion of 10 hour-long levels, only 11 of those starters had chips in front of them, and nobody had more chips that partypoker ambassador Tony Dunst.

WPT National Ireland Day 1a Chip Counts

1Tony Dunst274,900
2Daniel Tighe191,300
3Thomas O’Shea147,100
4Ian Simpson144,900
5Shane McElhinney143,400
6Tadhg Ryan138,000
7Natalia Breviglieri109,000
8Gatis Cibulis102,700
9Peter Murphy71,300
10Radek Seidl37,700
11Lukasz Jankowski20,400

Dunst already has a WPT title on his poker CV having won the $3,500 WPT Caribbean in November 2013, a result that netted the popular professional $145,000. More recently, Dunst was the runner-up in the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event, which added A$1,000,000 to his lifetime winnings, and the WPT analyst bagged himself a bracelet in Las Vegas this summer.

He was already flying high in the chip counts when Lady Luck shone down on Dunst to propel him to the top of the chips counts. Dunst found himself on the right end of a straight-over-straight situation against the talented youngster Louis Salter, a hand that saw Salter bust and Dunst climb to 215,000.

Another of partypoker’s players in the field was their sponsored pro Natalia Breviglieri who ended the day with 109,000 chips. Breviglieri almost won a World Series of Poker bracelet this summer, falling in fourth-place in the $10,000 Ladies event, and recently won the Womens event at the UKIPT Super Series.

Other who made it through to Day 2 include Daniel “danielt999” Tighe, former Irish Open champion Ian Simpson, and Irish grinder Peter Murphy.

Needing to re-enter on Friday’s Day 1b if they want to grab a slice of the prize pool are the likes of Richard King, Richard Milne, Yiannis Liperis, David L’Honore, and the aforementioned Louis Salter.

Day 1b kicked off at 1:00 p.m. on September 16 alongside the €250,000 guaranteed Irish Grand Prix, the latter costing a mere €115 to get involved with. Two online Day 1s for the Irish Grand Prix remain, one at 9:00 p.m. on September 16 and the final online Day 1 at 9:00 p.m. on September 17. Both of those online legs are played at partypoker, and if you Partypoker via UK & Ireland PokerNews, use the bonus code UKPNEWS when making your first deposit, partypoker awards you with a 100% bonus up to £250.

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