Main Event
Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Chris Moneymaker Bags Big in PokerStars Festival Dublin Main Event Day 1A

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

After 12 action-packed levels of poker on Day 1a of the PokerStars Festival Dublin Main Event, 42 players bagged up chips. Yuriy Boyko from Ireland ended as the chip leader finishing the day with a stack of 196,900.

In second place was another Irishman Seamus Cahill with 191,100 and Italian Antonio Merone ended in third with 189,900.

It was a sleepy start to the day as 60 players took their seats at 12 p.m. for cards in the air. The world famous Dublin hospitality, a victory for Celtic in the Champions League the night before and all-night cash games no doubt accounted for a few of the bleary eyes and modest start.

The Main Event soon picked up momentum though as the caffeine kicked in and the numbers steadily swelled to reach 137 total entries.

Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker gave a well-received “Shuffle up and deal!” at the start of the day but then kept his powder dry until level six when registration closed before taking his seat.

It all looked so easy for Moneymaker as he steadily accumulated chips without ever seeming to put his stack at risk. Indeed it was Moneymaker putting other stacks at risk and he busted a player in one of the last hands of the day to finish near the top of the leaderboard sitting on 179,900.

Many were unable to bag chips in this flight though. Among them was Terry Jordon, who likes to play an aggressive game and is always likely to have a ton of chips or none; today it was the latter. Jordan hit a four on the flop holding seven-four in Level 2. All the chips went in but Jordan’s opponent had aces and held on to bust him.

Andy Black, number one on the Ireland all-time money list, was at the tables bright and early and in fine form, chatting up a storm and building a decent stack towards the middle of the day, but he fell short of bagging up chips.

Belgian poker pro Matthias De Meulder was another of the early risers and was cruising along until he lost a big pot in Level 5 when a river bluff on a paired board was picked off by Mark Buckley holding a baby flush. De Meulder was out later in the same level after losing a flip to Michael Mazilu.

For those who failed to carry chips forward to Day 2, there is a final chance Turbo with a 20-minute clock starting at 9:30 p.m on Friday. That includes those who bust Day 1b, which kicks off at 12 p.m. on Friday.

Day 1b notables are likely to include Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, Niall Farrell, Ludovic Geilich, Kelly Saxby as well as seven-time world snooker champion Stephen Hendry and ex-footballers Wayne Bridge and Michael Duberry.

Follow all the action right here as the PokerNews Live Reporting team brings you updates from the felt and beyond as the €700,000 guarantee PokerStars Festival Dublin continues.

Tags: Chris MoneymakerJake CodyMark BuckleyMatthias De MeulderMichael MaziluNiall FarrellTerry Jordon

Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

will_shill • Level 12: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante
Yuriy Boyko ie
Yuriy Boyko
ie 196,900 26,900
Seamus Cahill ie
Seamus Cahill
ie 191,100 161,100
Antonio Merone it
Antonio Merone
it 189,900 189,900
David Penly GB
David Penly
GB 187,600 159,600
Chris Moneymaker us
Chris Moneymaker
us 179,900 140,900
Joni Salo fi
Joni Salo
fi 174,200 174,200
Ivan Tononi it
Ivan Tononi
it 169,200 169,200
Mark Buckley ie
Mark Buckley
ie 157,200 72,200
Daniel Nietrzebka pl
Daniel Nietrzebka
pl 150,200 105,200
Rory Rees ie
Rory Rees
ie 141,000 141,000
Teunis Kooij nl
Teunis Kooij
nl 137,600 -22,400
Victor Ilyukhin gb
Victor Ilyukhin
gb 134,800 -20,200
Audrius Daugvilavicius LT
Audrius Daugvilavicius
LT 131,200 66,200
Edward Dark GB
Edward Dark
GB 125,300 43,300
Alan Ross Gilmore GB
Alan Ross Gilmore
GB 119,900 119,900
Sean Foley ie
Sean Foley
ie 118,100 -6,900
Chris Wood us
Chris Wood
us 105,200 29,200
Peter Eichhardt se
Peter Eichhardt
se 98,600 43,600
Tomas Murnikas IE
Tomas Murnikas
IE 98,100 98,100
Fabio Esposito IT
Fabio Esposito
IT 94,000 94,000
Matt Hollis GB
Matt Hollis
GB 93,200 -16,800
Italo Cassoni IE
Italo Cassoni
IE 87,900 87,900
Paul Delaney IE
Paul Delaney
IE 84,500 12,500
Seamus Devlin IE
Seamus Devlin
IE 75,100 35,100
John Hanaphy ie
John Hanaphy
ie 70,500 70,500

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Four More Hands

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

There will be four more hands of play before players bag up ahead of Day 2. There are currently just 44 players remaining from a starting field of 137, but don't rule out that number dropping further in the final stages of the day.

Five Tables Remain

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

As the close of play approaches there has been a marked increase in the double up or die attitude with a number of players heading for the exits and the tournament now down to 45 players across five tables.


Mario Navarro Eliminated by Victor Ilyukhin

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

Three players saw a flop of {9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}. Two players checked and the third bet 5,000. Victor Ilyukhin called and Mario Navarro check-raised to 15,000. The third player folded and Ilyukhin called.

The turn was the {10-Diamonds} and Ilyukhin flung out a bet of 30,000. Navarro moved all in and Ilyukhin called.

Victor Ilyukhin: {7-Clubs}{8-Clubs}
Mario Navarro: {6-Spades}{4-Diamonds}

Navarro had flopped trip sixes but Ilyukhin had turned a straight. The river was the {q-Diamonds} and Navarro was eliminated. Ilyukhin turned and patted his masseuse on the arm, as if she had helped him knock out the player.

Victor Ilyukhin gb
Victor Ilyukhin
gb 155,000 59,000
Mario Navarro es
Mario Navarro
es Busted

Tags: Mario NavarroVictor Ilyukhin

Satellite In Full Swing

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

With a €170 buy-in and 10 seats guaranteed, the Festival Main Event qualifier that started at 7 p.m. is proving to be a big hit.

There are 128 entries on the board with 96 still in contention for Day 1b seats.

There is plenty of raucous laughter and a few pints being sunk for this late kickoff. Among them, Roffler in chief Will Kassouf.

Brandon Elliott Makes Quads to Double Up

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

A player in middle position raised to 3,300. Peter Eichhardt called in the hijack as did Seamus Cahill in the cutoff. Brandon Elliott was in the small blind and he three-bet shoved all in for 27,100. The initial raiser and Eichhardt folded, while Cahill counted out the chips and called.

Brandon Elliott: {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}
Seamus Cahill: {a-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

There was a ten on a {10-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Hearts} flop. Then another on the {10-Spades} turn and another on the {10-Hearts} river, meaning Cahill made quads to double through his opponent.

Brandon Elliott
Brandon Elliott
63,000 63,000
Seamus Cahill ie
Seamus Cahill
ie 30,000 -22,000

Tags: Brandon ElliottSeamus Cahill

Two More Levels of Play

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

There are now just two more 45-minute levels to play before the bag and tag for Day 1a with 60 players still remaining in the hunt.