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Irish Duo Shine on Day 1b of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event

Dan Wilson and Cathal Shine

A bumper field of 655 players turned out for Day 1b of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event, each paying €5,300 for a shot at glory. Only 331 of those who started with high hopes had chips to bag up at the conclusion of the eighth level, among them were a two high flying Irishmen.

Cathal Shine and Daniel Wilson are names you will be familiar with if you read our weekly UK & Ireland Online Poker rankings. Now they look set to make a splash in the live arena as they bagged up 134,400 and 132,000 chips respectively.

Shine has already cashed twice while in Prague. First, he reached the money places in the €1,100 PokerStars National Championship and then cashed in the €2,200 PokerStars National Prague High Roller. Shine has almost $500,000 in live tournament winnings, with more than half of those stemming from his runner-up finish in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Wilson has $770,000 in live tournament winnings. The Dubliner has previous in Prague having won a €1,100 event at the EUREKA tour in 2014 for €54,565. Wilson is better-known, however, for winning the 2016 Irish Open Main Event for €150,000.

Big Names Progress to Day 2

A hatful of other players from the United Kingdom and Ireland progressed to Day 2 of this Main Event. Dean Hutchison was the best placed of them all with his 137,100 chips, while the likes of Yiannis Liperis (131,000), Kontis Miltiadis (86,100), James Rann (80,700), Dermot Blain (78,000), Lawrence Bayley (77,700), Harry Lodge (67,800), Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody (66,400), Chris Dowling (61,100), Steven Warburton (60,000), Mathew Frankland (48,700), Michael Kane (42,500), Jonathan Proudfoot (39,300), Louis Salter (39,200), James Akenhead (35,500), Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (27,200), and Tom Middleton (12,400) also progressing.

Leading the way from the Day 1b field was Japan’s Tsugunari Toma with 181,600 chips. China’s Xixiang Luo came close to claiming the chip lead but bagged up 174,900 chips. This high flying duo are some indication to how the game of poker has taken off in Asia, even if it is early days in this tournament.

Also making it through to Day 2 was Matas Cimbolas with 171,500 chips. Other notables punching their Day 2 ticket included Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki (110,400), Jason Wheeler (104,000), Team PokerStars’ Igor Kurganov (100,000), Ondrej Vinklarek (82,000), Team PokerStars Pro Fatima Moreira de Melo (74,200), Dominik Panka (73,000), defending champion Jasper Meijer van Putten (49,500), partypoker’s Kristen Bicknell (46,600), Davidi Kitai (39,800), Thomas Muehloecker (29,200), and Benjamin Pollak (18,500).

2017 PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event Day 1b Top 10 Chip Counts

1Tsugunari TomaJapan181,600
2Xixiang LuoChina174,900
3Matas CimbolasLithuania171,500
4Michel DattaniPortugal167,800
5Narcis-Gabriel NedelcuRomania167,500
6Thomas LentrodtGermany153,200
7Petr SvobodaCzech Republic146,400
8Shabtai KorenIsrael144,200
9Vlado BanicevicMontenegro143,500
10Dean HutchisonUnited Kingdom137,100

Day 2 of the Main Event is underway and you can follow all of the action here at UK & Ireland PokerNews. Stay tuned for the second €25,500 Single-Day High Roller on Dec. 15 and the €10,000 High Roller that runs from Dec. 16-19.

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  • Dan Wilson and Cathal Shine were two success stories on Day 1b of the PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event.

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