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Irish Winter Poker Festival Day 1 Recap

Heavy Hitters Among Top 10 Overnight Chip Leaders In Dublin

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Francesco Macari courtesy of paddypowerpoker.comThe paddypowerpoker.com Irish Winter Festival is underway at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, Ireland with 385 players taking to the felt in the €1,125 buy in Irish Masters main event.

Leading the pack overnight is Francesco Macari but hot on his heels are some recognizable names who’ve garnered plenty of success in recent years including Irish Open finalist Thomas Finneran, WCOOP event winner Andrew Grimason, former Irish Open champion Niall Smyth and World Poker Tour finalist John O’Shea.

The top 10 in chips going into day 2 are:

1: Franceso Macari — 224,700
2: Pat O’Flaherty — 167,900
3: Thomas Finneran — 163,500
4: Andrew Grimason — 137,600
5: Kevin Corcoran — 126,700
6: Nick Slade — 119,200
7: Tero Aho — 116,800
8: Danielle Nestola — 115,600
9: Niall Smyth — 115,600
10: John O’Shea — 112,300

Some of the big names to knocked out during the day include Neil Channing, Jude Ainsworth, Simon Deadman, Karl Mahrenholz, Jamie Burland.

Among the field are 129 paddypowerpoker.com qualifiers taking part in the Six Survivors competition to win one of six Irish Open 2013 tickets.

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