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PaddyPowerPoker Irish Open 2010 -- Day 1

708 Players Turn Up for Highly Anticipated Irish Open 2010


Dan HarringtonDay 1 of the €3,200 + €300 buy-in Irish Open 2010 played out today at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, and what a day it was. Players from all over the globe turned out in their droves to take part in what has become a staple of any poker player’s tournament schedule.

The hotel was buzzing as a choir sang upbeat tunes preparing the players for the day of poker and festivities ahead. A total of 708 players, an increase of seven from last year, registered for the event including players such as Dan Harrington [pictured right], Ian Frazer, Ken Doherty, Ross Boatman, Neil Channing, Marty Smyth, Sorel Mizzi, and last year’s runner-up Kara Scott.

In the early levels, Swedish player Ola Brandborn took control of things forcing his way to the top of the chip leader board, but he was soon replaced by Keith “The Camel” Hawkins. The Swede was finally put out on the feature table, where many other bust outs took place including Padraig Parkinson at the hands of Donnacha O’Dea.

Until the list of payouts and the top 10 in chips are released by PaddyPowerPoker, here is a list of some of the unfortunate players who were knocked out on day 1:

Dario Minieri
Brian Townsend
Jesper Hougaard
Jamel Maistriaux
Barney Boatman
Casey Kastle
Marty Smyth
Javed Abrahams
Praz Bansi
Roberto Romanello
Tony Cascarino
Ramzi Jelassi
Fintan Gavin
Atanas Gueorguiev
Rory Rees Brennan
Nicky Power
Roland de Wolfe

So we can safely say that with the exit of Marcel Koch, last year’s Sole Survivor winner, and also current champion Christer Johansson, there will be a new Sole Survivor and overall champion at the end of this year’s Irish Open. Card Player Europe columnist Jen Mason is doing well with more than 70,000 in chips, so it is highely likely you will find her high up in the chip counts as soon as they arrive.

Stay with for day 2 beginning at 2 p.m. (local time) tomorrow as it is streamed live from the heart of Dublin, thanks to

UPDATE: The top 10 in chips at the end of day one are:

Keith ‘The Camel’ Hawkins — 111,600
Anthony Kennedy — 88,300
Ronan Gallagher — 78,850
Jen Mason — 75,150
Johnny Jensen — 75,050
Thomas ‘Bomber’ Nolan — 73,700
Edward John Lundon — 68,000
Snteri Valikoski — 67,700
Regis Burlot — 66,100
Michael Greco — 65,925