After the success of the MPN Poker Tour Dublin Main Event, which Daniel Tighe won for €53,845, there were high hopes for the €500 buy-in Mega Poker Series (MPS) Main Event, especially as the organizers claimed the eventual prize pool would be in the region of €250,000. Whoever was in charge of that estimation was way off after only seven players registered on Day 1a.
The original schedule had eight levels planned, but the action had to be cut short when the already tiny field was reduced to two players, those players being David O'Kelly and Fintan Gavin.
Spain's Manuel Garcia fell during the third level of play, check-raising all in with on a flop only to be called by Gavin, who held the . Gavin's top pair held and the short-handed table grew even more so.
Rui Dias, Unibet Open Glasgow champion Daniel Chutrov, and popular Irishman David Lappin all fell by the wayside, the latter in one of the bigger pots of the night.
Lappin, Gavin and O'Kelly invested 6,500 into the pot preflop to see a flop. Gavin led for 11,000 only to see Lappin raise all in for 47,100. O'Kelly cold-called, Gavin shoved, and O'Kelly called off the rest of his stack.
It was for Lappin, for O'Kelly, and for Gavin. The dealer placed the on the turn to give O'Kelly an unbeatable full house, and when the completed the community cards, Lappin bust and made his way to the exits.
Ivan Tononi bust during the last four hands of the night, leaving Gavin (274,000) and O'Kelly (286,000) as the only two surviving players in the Main Event. They'll return to the felt on Thursday afternoon for Day 2 action.
Day 1b, the final starting flight, kicks off at 4:00 p.m. and is guaranteed to have a field size at least that of the opening flight thanks to seven seats being created in a rebuy satellite that ran alongside the disappointing Main Event. Word on the Irish Poker Boards is that there could be up to 90 players in the Day 1b field as 57 online qualifiers and 15 live qualifiers have chosen to play on Wednesday afternoon. Either way, numbers certainly aren't what organizers hoped they would be.