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Deborah Worley-Roberts Leads After PokerStars Festival Dublin Main Event Day 1B

will_shill • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Deborah Worley-Roberts
Deborah Worley-Roberts

Day 1B attracted a total of 259 entrants creating a combined field of 496 players from both Day 1A and 1B of the PokerStars Festival Dublin Main Event. With one flight still to come, all remaining players will be looking forward to hopefully securing a slice of the €700,000 guarantee when Day 2 gets underway tomorrow.

Someone who will be casting their eye ever upwards is Day 1B chip leader Deborah Worley-Roberts who absolutely dominated to not just eclipse 200,000 (no-one achieved that feat yesterday) but 300,000, eventually finishing with 317,600.

Worley-Roberts took a huge step towards securing the overnight chip lead when she called with a set of sixes on a Broadway-card heavy flop after her opponent over-bet river.

Worley-Roberts had a bit of a late night last night and admits she loves the social side of poker and has a wide circle of friends in the game but had to struggle all day with a hangover.

“I wouldn’t advise it, I am a bit the worse for wear.”

Worley-Roberts made several impressive river calls on the way to the chip lead and she explained that she uses “live tells and betting patterns. When you play for a long time you have a lot of swings in your style.”

At the WSOP in Las Vegas this year, Worley-Roberts finished second in the Ladies Championship for $83,459 but it was the worst day of her poker career.

“I’ve never cried so much. I knew I was going to win it, but the cards beat me. I’ve never been so gutted.”

It did boost her confidence in her ability at the poker tables though, and she is looking forward to Day 2 tomorrow.

Asked if she would be getting an early night now to rest up for tomorrow Worley-Roberts shook her head.

“I don’t know about that. Let’s not get carried away. But I’m not going to drink anything that has the word 'bomb' in it.”

Other big stacks advancing are Emmett Mullin (311,700), Daniel Jones (203,700), Andrew Grimason (263,000) and Sean Prendiville (260,000).

Today saw a bigger field than yesterday, attracting some top names. Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody entered but busted early on, as did Will Kassouf. Joining the pair in failing to make it through to Day 2 were Wayne Bridge and Michael Duberry who both said they enjoyed their time in the Main Event, only to fall some way short. Bridge himself said that some of the players he had battled with were on a completely different level than his.

However, former world champion snooker player Stephen Hendry, sporting the PokerStars patch, had a see-saw day before bagging up 75,200.

"It's been a long day," said Hendry at the end of the day's play. "I lost half my stack queens against sevens, but then I got moved and doubled up with aces. The last two levels were stressful!

"I'm pleased to be the last one standing. My stack isn't great but alright."

Others joining Hendry in Day 2 are Jason Wheeler (83,900), Niall Farrell (93,000), Dermot Blain (96,000), Andrew Christoforou (97,100), Tomas Soderstrom (107,100), and Tom Hall (87,300).

There is a special turbo Day 1C with 20-minute levels kicking off shortly, available only to players who played and busted in one of the first two flights. Those advancing from that particular flight will join the remaining players from Days 1A and 1B in Day 2 which gets underway at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Stay tuned to PokerNews who will bring you all the live updates from the Regency Hotel as we get closer to crowning a winner here in Dublin.

Tags: Brent WheelerDaniel JonesDermot BlainJake CodyJason WheelerMichael DuberryNiall FarrellStephen HendryTom HallWayne BridgeWilliam Kassouf

Assorted End of Day 1B Chip Counts (full)

will_shill • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Deborah Worley-Roberts gb
Deborah Worley-Roberts
gb 317,600 7,600
Emmett Mullin ie
Emmett Mullin
ie 311,700 86,700
Andrew Grimason ie
Andrew Grimason
ie 263,600 73,600
Sean Prendiville ie
Sean Prendiville
ie 260,000 260,000
Daniel Jones us
Daniel Jones
us 203,700 73,700
Gerard Darren Teague IE
Gerard Darren Teague
IE 192,500 192,500
Keith Brennan ie
Keith Brennan
ie 177,100 -13,900
Augusto Evangelisti IE
Augusto Evangelisti
IE 171,500 171,500
Edgar Fic PL
Edgar Fic
PL 168,800 168,800
Masoud Etemadiherisi gb
Masoud Etemadiherisi
gb 147,000 147,000
Jorn Gunther no
Jorn Gunther
no 145,500 145,500
Henri Mikael Ovaska FI
Henri Mikael Ovaska
FI 137,700 137,700
Jean-Robert Autran fr
Jean-Robert Autran
fr 132,900 132,900
Zygimantas Gudas LT
Zygimantas Gudas
LT 127,500 127,500
Paul Carr IE
Paul Carr
IE 125,800 75,800
Sacha Lebreton IE
Sacha Lebreton
IE 124,900 124,900
Frederic Delval fr
Frederic Delval
fr 120,200 120,200
Miguel Coussement BE
Miguel Coussement
BE 117,300 27,300
Mark Smyth IE
Mark Smyth
IE 114,500 114,500
James Salmon us
James Salmon
us 113,100 113,100
Peter Murphy GB
Peter Murphy
GB 112,400 112,400
Andrew Earle OM
Andrew Earle
OM 111,900 111,900
Tomas Soderstrom se
Tomas Soderstrom
se 107,100 47,100
Daniel Ulvrell se
Daniel Ulvrell
se 103,200 103,200
Samlane Phomveha FR
Samlane Phomveha
FR 103,100 -86,900

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Last Three Hands

will_shill • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Tournament officials have announced that there will be three more hands before players bag up for the evening. Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's events.

Day 1c Begins 9:45

Yardley • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Day 1c will now begin at 9:45.

This is a turbo event with a 20-minute clock and is only open to those players who have bust eithe Day 1a or Day 1b or won a seat through one of the single-table satellites that ran at the Regency.


Deborah Worley-Roberts Makes a Run at the Chip Lead

will_shill • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Deborah Worley-Roberts
Deborah Worley-Roberts

On a {6-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{q-Hearts} and with 25,000 chips in the pot already, Deborah Worley-Roberts watched as Samlane Phomveha bet 38,000.

Worley-Roberts swore as she fondled some chips.

"If you have jack-ten then well done, I call," she flipped over {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} for a set of sixes, but Phomveha had already mucked his hand.

She moves up over 300,000 and is now in the driver's seat for the Day 1B chip lead.

Deborah Worley-Roberts gb
Deborah Worley-Roberts
gb 310,000 130,000
Samlane Phomveha FR
Samlane Phomveha
FR 190,000 -40,000

Tags: Deborah Worley-RobertsSamlane Phomveha

Niall Farrell's Table Breaks

Yardley • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Another bust-out saw Niall Farrell's table break up and scatter among the remaining 11 tables with 99 players from the original 259 still left in.

Jason Wheeler Rivers Alexander Bretherton

will_shill • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

In a battle of the blinds, Alexander Bretherton bet 1,800 from the small blind on the {6-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{4-Clubs} flop and big blind Jason Wheeler called.

The turn was the {9-Clubs} and Bretherton check-called a bet of 4,500.

The river was the {k-Clubs} putting four to a flush on the board, but both players checked.

Bretherton tabled {9-Hearts}{10-Spades} for a pair of nines, but Wheeler had {k-Spades}{7-Diamonds} for a pair of kings and chipped up further.

Jason Wheeler us
Jason Wheeler
us 70,000 -60,000
Alexander Bretherton GB
Alexander Bretherton
GB 52,000 52,000

Tags: Alexander BrethertonJason Wheeler

Chris Dowling In a Winter Wonderland

Yardley • Level 11: 800-1,600, 200 ante

There was an open to 3,000 and one other caller before it got to Chris Dowling on the button and he three-bet to 12,000.

Richard O’Neil in the big blind then moved all in for 21,000. A bit of a dwell up from the other two players but they folded and Dowling called to put O’Neil at risk.

O’Neil: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Dowling: {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}

The board ran out {5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}.

A straight for Dowling which got another player to comment, “Sure those eights aren’t doing you any harm.”

“Snowmen,” agreed Dowling.

Chris Dowling ie
Chris Dowling
ie 140,000
Richard O’Neil IE
Richard O’Neil
IE Busted

Tags: Chris Dowling