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Main Event
Days:
1a1b1c23
Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Marc Macdonnell Near the Top After Day 1a of Winamax Poker Open Dublin

will_shill • Level 19: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Marc Macdonnell; through to Day 2
Marc Macdonnell; through to Day 2

At the end of Day 1a of the Winamax Poker Open Dublin Main Event , just 37 players booked their spot on Day 2 from a starting field of 183. Players making their way to Day 2 included Winamax Team Pros Joao Vieira (195,500) and Sylvain Loosli (142,000).

However, the chip leader at the end of the day is Dominique Potenza who used a unique style of aggression and panache to bag 655,000 in chips, slightly ahead of well-known Irish player Marc Macdonnell (639,000). Macdonnell, who has home court advantage, is used to success here in Dublin at the Winamax Poker Open, having finished fourth for €40,000 in 2013; it's also Macdonnell's biggest score on home soil.

"I just ran pretty good all day," said Macdonnell, "When it's short-handed and you make good hands all day...I mean I ran really good."

The Irishman said that there was nothing crazy all day, just players not believing him in certain situations.

"Irish people never believe me, so it's kind of nice. The French more so; more than the Irish that's for sure. But tournaments like this are just a minefield sometimes."

Other players bagging up stacks include last year's runner-up Sonny Franco (130,000) and former Winamax Team Pro Adrien Guyon (272,500).

Notable eliminations today included last year's winner Otto Richard and former champion Pierre Calamusa, both of whom fired two bullets. They will be back tomorrow, most likely joined by Winamax Team Pros Gaelle Baumann and Leo Margets, 2017 final tablist Teunis Kooij, Sander van Wesemael and Mark Buckley who were unsuccessful in their attempts to make Day 2.

Photos courtesy of Caroline Darcourt

Tags: Adrien GuyonDominique PotenzaGaelle BaumannJoao VieiraLeo MargetsMarc MacDonnellOtto RichardPierre CalamusaSonny Franco

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

will_shill • Level 19: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Dominique Potenza be
Dominique Potenza
be 655,000 195,000
Marc Macdonnell ie
Marc Macdonnell
ie 639,000 149,000
Etienne Lagand FR
Etienne Lagand
FR 418,500 418,500
Craig Burke IE
Craig Burke
IE 353,500 -41,500
Matthieu Lamagnere fr
Matthieu Lamagnere
fr 347,000 37,000
Zuanyu Zheng IE
Zuanyu Zheng
IE 345,500 345,500
James O'Brien ie
James O'Brien
ie 338,500 338,500
Pierre Gentil fr
Pierre Gentil
fr 327,500 327,500
Arnaud Cressent FR
Arnaud Cressent
FR 325,000 55,000
Louis-Emmanuel Deshouliere FR
Louis-Emmanuel Deshouliere
FR 311,000 311,000
Aleksander Da Silva Boski pt
Aleksander Da Silva Boski
pt 303,500 303,500
[Removed:13]
[Removed:13]
296,500 296,500
Fabrice Gouget fr
Fabrice Gouget
fr 272,500 -12,500
Adrien Guyon fr
Adrien Guyon
fr 269,500 269,500
Werner Lootsma nl
Werner Lootsma
nl 265,000
Romain Chevrel FR
Romain Chevrel
FR 260,500 260,500
Arron Fletcher gb
Arron Fletcher
gb 255,000 255,000
Philippe Schwob FR
Philippe Schwob
FR 252,500 252,500
Maxime Chilaud fr
Maxime Chilaud
fr 240,500 240,500
Jamie Flynn ie
Jamie Flynn
ie 231,500 231,500
Olivier Marchet fr
Olivier Marchet
fr 210,500 210,500
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
pt 195,500 25,500
Mickael Alleon FR
Mickael Alleon
FR 193,500 193,500
Patrick Clarke ie
Patrick Clarke
ie 176,000 -229,000
Leo Worthington-Leese gb
Leo Worthington-Leese
gb 165,500 -29,500

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Last Two Hands

will_shill • Level 19: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante

Players in the Main Event will have two more hands before bagging up at the end of the night.

Peter Jaksland Wins €1,500 High Roller for €31,635

will_shill • Level 19: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Peter Jaksland
Peter Jaksland

Peter Jaksland has defeated Upeshka De Silva heads-up in the Winamax Poker Open €1,500 High Roller to take home the title and €31,635 in prize money. Coming into the final table as chip leader, he halted the runaway train of overnight chip leader De Silva to emerge victorius.

"I tried to play my own game at the final table," said Jaksland." I read when we were on the final table that he had two bracelets, so I kind of didn't want to let him know that I knew. I tried to stay calm and focus. I tried to adjust to his game a little bit.

Jaksland says that he's only ever played one 6-Max tournament previously, and says that perhaps he's found his "niche" in poker.

"I played one in Vegas and final tabled one that one as well, so it's a good run. But that was two years ago and this was the first one since. I also had my biggest score in Vegas this summer. I just try to play more poker; try to improve."

He now lives in Denmark and has transitioned into playing more poker after selling his business two years ago.

"I saw last week that the tournament was here, and I just decided to go."

That last-minute decision has paid off with a victory here in the €1,500 High Roller.

Tags: Peter JakslandUpeshka De Silva

Adjusted Schedule; Last Level for Tonight

will_shill • Level 19: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante

Tournament officials have announced that there will be one more level played tonight, stopping after level 19.

Even with an adjusted schedule to allow for an extra starting day, and the inclusion of the big blind ante, there are just 44 players from a starting field of 183 remaining with one 30-minute level remaining.

Level:
19
Blinds:
2,500/5,000
Ante:
5,000

Tight at the Top

will_shill • Level 18: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Dominique Potenza has been among the chip leaders for a while now. He has also been opening from almost every position, and to a large amount each time.

He opened to 20,000 and fellow big stack Patrick Clarke gave it a lot of thought before three-betting to 65,000. Potenza quickly folded but gave Clarke an ear-bashing in rapid-fire French.

"I think I'm on my last warning," Clarke said.

The very next hand, undeterred by his tablemate's three-bet, Potenza opened to 30,000 and took down the pot.

"It's getting bigger!" remarked Alex Irwin.

Marc Macdonnell ie
Marc Macdonnell
ie 490,000 135,000
Dominique Potenza be
Dominique Potenza
be 460,000 160,000
Patrick Clarke ie
Patrick Clarke
ie 405,000 65,000
Craig Burke IE
Craig Burke
IE 395,000

Tags: Dominique PotenzaPatrick Clarke

Level:
18
Blinds:
2,000/4,000
Ante:
4,000

Updated Chip Counts & Eliminations

will_shill • Level 17: 1,500-3,500, 3,500 ante
Marc Macdonnell ie
Marc Macdonnell
ie 355,000 5,000
Patrick Clarke ie
Patrick Clarke
ie 340,000 -30,000
Matthieu Lamagnere fr
Matthieu Lamagnere
fr 310,000 -35,000
Dominique Potenza be
Dominique Potenza
be 300,000 100,000
Wermer Lootsma NL
Wermer Lootsma
NL 290,000 255,000
Fabrice Gouget fr
Fabrice Gouget
fr 285,000 -45,000
Michael O'Sullivan ie
Michael O'Sullivan
ie 205,000 60,000
Leo Worthington-Leese gb
Leo Worthington-Leese
gb 195,000 145,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
pt 170,000 -15,000
Sylvain Loosli fr
Sylvain Loosli
fr 73,000 18,000
Sonny Franco fr
Sonny Franco
fr 70,000 10,000
Sander van Wesemael nl
Sander van Wesemael
nl Busted
Pierre Calamusa fr
Pierre Calamusa
fr Busted