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Gary McGinty Ends Day 2 as Chip Leader PokerStars Festival Main Event

Yardley • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Gary McGinty
Gary McGinty

Gary McGinty from Ireland is the chip leader with 2,835,000 at the close of Day 2 of the PokerStars Festival Main Event Dublin.

Another Irishman Michael Graydon is second with 1,631,000 while third place was claimed by a Romanian, Florian Duta who finished on 1,586,000.

The day began with 199 players who had made it through from a total number of 544 entries across the three Day 1s including the last Day 1c Turbo that finished in the early hours of Saturday morning.

With final numbers confirmed the prize pool was released and from the €700,000 guarantee the eventual winner is set to receive €130,410. That would have to wait until the final day tomorrow though and it was the bubble that was uppermost in many minds with 79 places getting paid with a min-cash worth €2,310.

Among those who fell short of that were Steven Watts, Chris Dowling, Niall Farrell and Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker.

It was Paul Carr who was eliminated on the bubble at the end of level 16 when he four-bet jammed holding {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} and was called by Sacha Lebreton who had {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}.

One man who was delighted to cash and a little unlucky to bust was guest of PokerStars seven-time World Snooker Champion Stephen Hendry. He explained how he opened and called a three bet with pocket fours and flopped a set. All the money went in but unfortunately for Hendry his opponent Padhraic Mulligan had flopped a set of Kings. It was a creditable 56th place for his first Hendon Mob flag and €2,510.

There were a number of players contesting the chip lead as dinner approached but it was Gary McGinty who nosed ahead and breached the one million chip mark around the dinner break. McGinty put those chips to good use and went on a bit of a tear and was the first player to break the two million barrier with the average stack hovering around the 40 big blind blind mark. Going into the final level it was still McGinty out front closing in on three million chips.

After 10 levels of play with the time approaching midnight the final 16 players bagged up their chips and headed to the PokerStars Players Party for a well-earned drink.

Play resumes on Sunday at 12 p.m. for the final Day of the PokerStars Festival which will see a new champion crowned. The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand until the final card hits the felt so be sure not to miss any of the action.

Tags: Chris DowlingFlorian DutaGary McGintyNiall FarrellPaul CarrStephen Hendry

Final 16 Chip Counts (full)

Yardley • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Gary McGinty IE
Gary McGinty
IE 2,835,000 15,000
Michael Graydon ie
Michael Graydon
ie 1,631,000 -9,000
Florian Duta ro
Florian Duta
ro 1,586,000 846,000
Andrew Grimason ie
Andrew Grimason
ie 1,568,000 1,218,000
Sean Prendiville ie
Sean Prendiville
ie 1,030,000 430,000
Declan Connolly IE
Declan Connolly
IE 980,000
Padhraic Mulligan IE
Padhraic Mulligan
IE 978,000 -772,000
Jim O'Callaghan IE
Jim O'Callaghan
IE 976,000 626,000
Antonio Merone it
Antonio Merone
it 969,000 749,000
Ivan Tononi it
Ivan Tononi
it 850,000 200,000
Alexander Bretherton GB
Alexander Bretherton
GB 767,000 -63,000
Noel McMahon IE
Noel McMahon
IE 582,000 -48,000
Sean Bradley IE
Sean Bradley
IE 422,000 97,000
Sacha Lebreton IE
Sacha Lebreton
IE 400,000 -225,000
Edoardo Poggiali IT
Edoardo Poggiali
IT 372,000 -53,000
Virgilio Dicicco IT
Virgilio Dicicco
IT 317,000 -73,000

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Ivan Tononi Bluffs Chip Leader Gary McGinty

will_shill • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

On a flop of {10-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{6-Hearts} Gary McGinty check-raises Ivan Tononi's bet of 41,000 to 92,000 and Tononi called.

The turn was the {2-Diamonds} and both players checked. The river was the {9-Clubs} and McGinty checked. Tononi bet 125,000 and McGinty tank-folded.

Tononi let out a sigh of relief and showed {j-Spades}{q-Spades} for a bluff.

"For fuck's sake man," said McGinty, "I had a Jack as well."

Gary McGinty IE
Gary McGinty
IE 2,820,000 -80,000
Ivan Tononi it
Ivan Tononi
it 650,000

Day 1B Chip Leader Deborah Worley-Roberts Eliminated

will_shill • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Deborah Worley-Roberts
Deborah Worley-Roberts

Declan Connolly raised to 46,000 on the button and Deborah Worley-Roberts three-bet all in from the small blind for around 250,000. Connolly called.

Deborah Worley-Roberts: {a-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}
Declan Connolly: {j-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

"At least I can say I got it in good," said Worley-Roberts.

The board ran out {10-Spades}{j-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} and Worley-Roberts headed to the exit.

Declan Connolly IE
Declan Connolly
IE 980,000 80,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts gb
Deborah Worley-Roberts
gb Busted

Tags: Deborah Worley-RobertsDeclan Connolly

Patrick Rooney Eliminated After Michael Graydon Double

will_shill • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

On a {j-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop Patrick Rooney moved all in and Michael Graydon snap-called.

Patrick Rooney: {j-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Michael Graydon: {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}

"I need a queen," said Rooney, before studying the board a bit more closely. "I need a ten," he said.

The turn was the {6-Clubs} and the river the {4-Spades} to leave Rooney short. He was eliminated shortly thereafter.

Michael Graydon ie
Michael Graydon
ie 900,000 -85,000
Patrick Peter Rooney IE
Patrick Peter Rooney
IE Busted

Tags: Patrick Peter RooneyMichael Graydon

Day 1C Chip Leader Daniel Wilson Eliminated

will_shill • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Daniel Wilson
Daniel Wilson

We didn't get the hand, but Day 1C chip leader Daniel Wilson has recently been eliminated in 26th place. Wilson takes home €4,140 for his efforts.

This means Deborah Worley-Roberts is the last surviving Day 1 chip leader remaining in the PokerStars Festival Dublin Main Event.

Daniel Wilson ie
Daniel Wilson
ie Busted

Tags: Daniel Wilson

Level:
22
Blinds:
10,000/20,000
Ante:
3,000

Updated Chip Counts; McGinty Busts Another

will_shill • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Gary McGinty IE
Gary McGinty
IE 2,600,000 400,000
Padhraic Mulligan IE
Padhraic Mulligan
IE 1,750,000 250,000
Declan Connolly IE
Declan Connolly
IE 900,000 560,000
Alexander Bretherton GB
Alexander Bretherton
GB 830,000 625,000
Florian Duta ro
Florian Duta
ro 740,000 260,000
Noel McMahon IE
Noel McMahon
IE 630,000 360,000
Sacha Lebreton IE
Sacha Lebreton
IE 625,000 255,000
Sean Prendiville ie
Sean Prendiville
ie 600,000 80,000
Michael Graydon ie
Michael Graydon
ie 595,000 -5,000
Edoardo Poggiali IT
Edoardo Poggiali
IT 425,000 -45,000
Andrew Earle OM
Andrew Earle
OM 400,000 205,000
Virgilio Dicicco IT
Virgilio Dicicco
IT 390,000 -335,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts gb
Deborah Worley-Roberts
gb 370,000 -275,000
Andrew Grimason ie
Andrew Grimason
ie 350,000 -850,000
Sean Bradley IE
Sean Bradley
IE 325,000 -239,000