UK poker stars turn out for Inaugural WPT Ireland

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jan 06, 2012 Posted in Tournament News, WPT News | No Comments »

The first stop on the 2012 World Poker Tour (WPT) schedule marks the tour’s first foray into the Emerald Isle, as the inaugural WPT Ireland Main Event began on Thursday. Despite running concurrently with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) many of the top UK and European poker players decided to skip the Bahamian island’s first few tournaments –including the $100k Super-High-Roller tournament—in favor of playing the WPT Ireland.

Among the players who registered for the tournament were Team Titan Poker Pro Sam Trickett, Triple Crown winner and Lock Poker Pro Jake Cody, and a slew of the British and Irish poker scene’s biggest names: Andy Black, Padraig Parkinson, Ross and Barny Boatman, Marty Smyth, Praz Bansi, Matt Perrins, James Dempsey, James Akenhead, and Sam Holden. Rounding out the 338 player were tournament pros PKR Poker Pro Vladimir “Beyne” Geshkenbein, McLean Karr, Lock Poker Pro Leo Margets, Party Poker’s Kara Scott, Tatjana Pasalic, and Russel “RDCRSN” Carson.

Leading the way into Day 2 of the tournament will be Ireland’s own David Callaghan who ended the day with just over 186k in chips. Topping the leader-board for the professional poker players was Andy Black. Black finished Day 1 of the tournament with 104k chips, good enough for 9th place on the leader-board.

Trickett, one of the poker worlds’ rising stars and players to watch in 2012, complained of his luck even before the tournament began, posting on his Facebook account that the hairdresser he saw before the tournament had wronged him, and it seemed his bad hair day spread to the tables. Trickett appeared to be rolling along until he found himself in a pre-flop raising wars holding Pocket Kings; his opponent of course had pocket Aces. After his chip-stack took a severe hit from the pre-flop cooler, Trickett busted out holding A-T, this time dominated by A-Q. For Trickett it would seem the PCA is calling, although he did miss the PCA Super-High-Roller event by staying in Ireland.

Here is a look at the Top 10 chip-counts heading into Day 2 of the WPT Ireland Main Event:

1. Dave Callaghan – 186,900

2. Johannes Meyer – 179,400

3. Jacob Nielson – 161,700

4. Shaun Conning – 143,300

5. Sam Macdonald – 122,000

6. Francis ‘Wally’ McCormack – 118,000

7. Con Collins – 115,700

8. Evan Christ – 105,700

9. Andy Black – 104,000

10. Julien Dolay – 98,200

Day 2 will begin at 2PM local time on Friday, with the remaining 195 players trying to position themselves for a run at the final table slated for Sunday, and the €202k first-place prize-money. The WPT still hasn’t posted the complete break-down of the over €700k prize-pool, which we will try to bring you in our next update.

For anyone interested in following the action on Day 2 you can visit the World Poker Tour’s website – – for some of the day’s highlights.

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