Ladies and gentlemen, play is over in today’s Day 1a, the first of many starting flights of this year’s Irish Open Main Event.
As the chips are being bagged and tagged, it looks like the chip leader is Tan Luan Le on 287,300 – that last hand of the night causing him to sneak just ahead of other big stacks including Anthony O’Keeffe (270,800), 2013 champion Ian Simpson (241,500), Terence Jordon (222,5000) and Marc MacDonnell (210,000), among others. You may remember Le from such events as the 2019 PartyPoker Grand Prix High Roller in Rozvadov, where he came second. He is now first in the chip counts for the Irish Open Main Event – at least for now.
By the end of play, Day 1a had garnered a total of 436 entries, of whom 166 have made it through to Day 2. Tomorrow we are expecting an even bigger field for Day 1b, once again starting at noon. Once more, players will be allowed a single re-entry on each starting flight, and will be permitting to enter even if they’ve already qualified for Day 2 and pick their favourite stack when we get around to that on Saturday.
Full chip counts for survivors will magically appear in the “Live Data” tab shortly. Beyond that, we reckon it’s about time for a drink. 🍻