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Marc Macdonnell Near the Top After Day 1a of Winamax Poker Open Dublin

Marc Macdonnell Near the Top After Day 1a of Winamax Poker Open Dublin 0001

At the end of Day 1a of the Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event , just 37 players booked their spot on Day 2 from a starting field of 183. Players making their way to Day 2 included Winamax Team Pros Joao Vieira (195,500) and Sylvain Loosli (142,000).

Winamax Poker Open Day 1a Top 10 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCountryChips
1Dominique PotenzaFrance655,000
2marc MacdonnellIreland639,000
3Etienne LagandFrance418,500
4Craig BurkeIreland353,500
5Matthieu LamagnereFrance347,000
6Zuanyu ZhengIreland345,500
7James O'BrienIreland338,500
8Pierre GentilFrance327,500
9Arnaud CressentFrance325,000
10Louise-Emmanuel DeshouliereFrance311,000

However, the chip leader at the end of the day is Dominique Potenza who used a unique style of aggression and panache to bag 655,000 in chips, slightly ahead of well-known Irish player Marc Macdonnell (639,000). Macdonnell, who has home court advantage, is used to success here in Dublin at the Winamax Poker Open, having finished fourth for €40,000 in 2013; it's also Macdonnell's biggest score on home soil.

"I just ran pretty good all day," said Macdonnell, "When it's short-handed and you make good hands all day...I mean I ran really good."

The Irishman said that there was nothing crazy all day, just players not believing him in certain situations.

"Irish people never believe me, so it's kind of nice. The French more so; more than the Irish that's for sure. But tournaments like this are just a minefield sometimes."

Other players bagging up stacks include last year's runner-up Sonny Franco (130,000) and former Winamax Team Pro Adrien Guyon (272,500).

Notable eliminations today included last year's winner Otto Richard and former champion Pierre Calamusa, both of whom fired two bullets. They will be back tomorrow, most likely joined by Winamax Team Pros Gaelle Baumann and Leo Margets, 2017 final tablist Teunis Kooij, Sander van Wesemael and Mark Buckley who were unsuccessful in their attempts to make Day 2.

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