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European Poker Tour - Dublin - Day One 'A'

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Hoping the luck of the Irish would be on their side, 195 Players were ready for action this afternoon to begin Day One 'A' of the European Poker Tour Stop at Dublin.

The Regency Hotel is the host of the tournament. Refreshingly, the tournament room is huge, which leaves players (and media) plenty of room to circulate. Also refreshing is the fact that there is no smoking allowed in the tournament room. So, unlike a couple EPT stops, you don't leave the tournament room smelling like an ashtray.

Tournament officials had implemented a new system, called 'CardRoom Magic', which manages the entire tournament from beginning to end. The system even has a voice that announces the new blind levels, when breaks are, etc. The system is apparently gaining widespread use throughout Europe, and has the blessing of the British Gaming Control Board.

The majority of the big names are scheduled to play tomorrow on Day 1 B, but some of them decided to come down to the poker room early, just to 'have a look'. Ram Vaswani was playing Chinese Poker with a friend in the corner. Greg Raymer was playing some freerolls - just to give poker players the pleasure to be able to say that they had played at the same table as a former WSOP Champion. Raymer also gave some tips to his tablemates. "I wish I had played a sit & go with him. I would have raised him with 2-7 and then showed it to him" says a young man watching from the corner.

One thing I found interesting as I walked by the cash games, is it seemed if a player got up, and missed a big blind, he or she didn't have to post to get right back into the game – they call it "player joins the table as a guest". There is no time charge here in Ireland, and it seemed to be the rake was running at about 5%, which, depending on where the player was from, was either met with delight, or dismay.

I saw one player at the 2/5 No Limit table with only about €35 left in front of him (the buy in was €500) . I looked at him quizzically, and he said he had just had his Aces cracked the hand before, and was ready to go after he dumped his last few chips. Three hours later, I walked by again, and he had €1,800 in front of him, claming he had never re-bought in. A couple players at the table verified his tale, as he sat with the world's biggest grin on his face – you gotta love No Limit Hold 'em.

The hand of the day involved Marc Goodwin. After calling a players all in for 7,200 chips, the player behind Marc re-raised 13,000 more all in. About 2 minutes of deliberation later, Marc decides to call with 6 6. The original all in player flips over 3h 4h. The re-raiser, however shows Q Q, and Goodwin is in trouble.

But, there are five more cards to come, and if you follow tournaments, you probably know what's coming. The flop is 7 8 10, and Marc picks up a few outs. The turn is another 7, but the river is a 6, and Marc wins a 47,000 chip pot, making him one of the monster stacks at that time. Goodwin managed to wield that stack like a hammer, and finished the day second in chips with 98,200.

Day one 'A' finished with 49 of the original 195 players still standing. The chip leader is Norway's Jonas Helness, with top European players Paul Testud, Roy 'The Boy' Brindley, and Andy Black lurking near the top. Norwegian wunderkind Johnny Lodden finished the day on about 45,000 chips, slightly above average.

Chip Counts are below. Day 1 B will start Friday at 2:00pm local time, and the list of big names playing is a mile long. See you tomorrow.

Chip Count for Day 1 A:

JONAS HELNESS 117,400

MARC GOODWIN 98,200

KEVIN BREESEY 83,900

TESTUD PAUL 77,100

ROY BRINDLEY 71,600

STUART FOX 69,800

ANDY BLACK 69,000

JOAKIM HAMMAR 66,500

DAVID CLAYTON 61,100

JIM KERRIGAN 57,500

NICK SLADE 52,600

AZOD PIROOTI 50,100

JEFF GALZA 50,000

FERGAL MCKEEVER 49,200

EOIN OLIM 47,100

JOHNNY LODDEN 44,900

RAVI U 44,600

TRIGAS MAXIMILIANUS 41,800

CHRISTOPHER STALIE 40,900

KATJA THALER 39,500

ROUE NILOLAISEN 38,000

JIM REID 37,200

MARTIN KENOR 37,000

JIMMY DAHLAVIST 35,700

JONATHAN LEWIS 35,100

JEPPE JUML 32,700

NIKLAS WALLGREN 32,000

MARC F 31,800

ANDREAS VILSON 30,700

NADIYBRIKALJA 29,700

REYAAZ MULLA 29,100

RAY COBURN 25,400

SASMA ROSEWOOD 24,400

BOSCH OLIVER 22,400

ROBERT TAYLOR 22,200

MICHAEL RABENSRIFNER 21,600

DANNY RYAN 19,400

DANIEL WADMAN 19,300

ADRIAN WALSHE 16,500

IAN MCTAVISH 12,800

CHRISTOPHER SANESSON 12,500

ROI ELMALIAH 12,000

MARCUS DEIFGEN 11,100

DAVID ATRABIN 9,800

GEORGE GEARY 8,700

G ANDASON 8,400

HEINING THOMAS 8,200

JOHN STORAKERS 7,600

PASCAL PERRAUCT 5,300

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