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Another Memorable IPC Galway Edition with Dara O'Kearney

01-13 2023 casino news

Another Memorable IPC Galway Edition with Dara O'Kearney

A noteworthy occasion

End of December 2009 saw the inaugural UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) take place in Galway rather than the UK. In Galway at the Radisson hotel, the UKIPT began in December for the following couple of years.

Padraig Parkinson won the first one.

It was a memorable moment due to a variety of factors. Padraig Parkinson won the first one despite being disqualified from the competition; he didn't let that stop him from winning. The next year, a cold front made it difficult for many of the online qualifiers to arrive in time. In response, the organizers postponed it for one day and provided a freeroll for those of us who arrived in time.

At that point, people were beginning to win many satellites to the tour. We were all unexpectedly seated at the same table when the Main Event finally started. When we looked at some of the other tables, it appeared even less plausible that it had just been a random event. On one were all the Stars professionals, and on another were all the qualifiers from a satellite at the neighborhood casino in Eglinton. The Toms table was the strangest of all. The Toms didn't appear to know one another or recognize that they were all called Tom until someone from a nearby table yelled "Tom," to which they all responded.

It appears that the person in charge of the table draw didn't get the "draw" part and instead just divided the list of competitors they were given into groups of nine. When the planners noticed, they halted the event and conducted a complete redistribution.

Championship of Ireland in Poker

That initial UKIPT served as both a UKIPT and the Irish Poker Championships (IPC), a competition that had been running for a while. It eventually vanished completely after the Celtic Tiger collapsed, just like all previous tournaments with four-figure buyins.

It's nearly identical to how I recall it.

It's back this year in the same room as a part of the revamped Irish Poker Tour. The Radisson is no longer the name of the hotel. It was managed by NAMA for a while following the crash, like many other operations, before being sold to a new owner who relaunched it as the Galmont. Except for that, it's nearly identical to how I remembered it.

I took several copies of my most recent book to the event because a few people had asked me to do so. To say I was crowded in the lobby as soon as I arrived would be an exaggeration, albeit a minor one. I had only a few left as I entered the room. The legendary Paul "Rinty" Monaghan, the newest representative of the Irish Poker Tour, was first in line and purchased copies of all four books for his club. It's wonderful to see Rinty recognized for the relentless effort he does at the local level setting together excursions and gatherings to attend events both domestically and internationally. The backbone of grassroots poker are neighborhood activists like Rinty.

Fourth tries are lucky

I needed four shots to advance to Day 2 of the Main Event, but since I had more than four times my initial chip stack when I did, I consoled myself with the knowledge that I was actually making money. On Day 2, I got off to a strong start and continued to perform well as the bubble approached.

Six from the money, the ideal position became available. Niall McAree opened from an early position while aggressively playing the bubble. While Liam McVeigh was taking a similarly swashbuckling tack, I found Kings on the button and went all-in after he three-bet from mid position. When Liam realized he was priced in, Niall swiftly folded, and he made the call with A-Q. I was forced to leave the Seniors event, which had already begun, when he hit the Ace right away.

In the end, Liam participated in a three-way chop and won the title. He's a member of Rinty's team, and when we both wound up at the seniors final table, he said that this was Liam's first significant live competition and added, "He's hooked now." An Additional Seniors

My performance in Seniors events started out poorly but significantly improved. I had won my previous three, beginning with the World Series of Poker tournament, before this one. I won the tournament at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona after that, and I then competed in a four-way chop at the EPT London. I started off strong in my endeavor to make it four consecutive orbits, essentially tripling up first orbit. My new tablemates were surprised that I had already accumulated so many chips when I was relocated to a new table. I jokingly said that I was playing like an aggressive donkey because I was so skewed after nearly bubbling the Main Event, but the truth is that I simply had some extremely strong cards.

The four in a row required a lot of work to become a reality.

I soon found myself one of the shorter stacks at the final table. That meant there was still a lot of work to be done to make the four in a row a reality with only five paid. I was able to move in when Rinty bubbled after getting it in three-way with his Nines up against two A-Qs but failing to hold. I then progressively built up my stack. I had a lucky win in the shortest of three all-ins after being heavily outplayed. I continued to press forward in the chip race and won the flip against Jay O'Toole to take the chip lead and go head-to-head. I lost the flip, and I then faced Jay's Q-J for the same commanding lead in heads-up play versus my A-K. I put the last of my chips in first but was unable to hold, so I busted in third, realizing my goal of four consecutive wins. The more ambitious goal of actually succeeding in a Seniors event will have to wait.

In the end, Jay O'Toole defeated Derek Baker in a head-to-head match to win his first Seniors competition.

Extra winners

Over the weekend, a lot of my friends had successful outcomes. My long-time friend Marc McDonnell, who also played in our first live final table together at the first-ever European Deepstack, took home the Mystery reward and the Claddagh Cup. Turlough McHugh, my weekend roommate, finished fourth with his highest-ever live score. Billy Johnstone won the Monster Stack, and Andy O'Toole maintained his strong performance in PLO competitions by finishing fourth in this instance. Ray Wheatley and Shane Kelly, two of my pupils, made long runs in the Main Event, and Pat Neary, one of my favorite people to hang out with at tournaments in Ireland, won the €150 ($162) side event.

Everyone who was in Galway is eagerly anticipating the next significant stop, which will be in Westport at the beginning of the next month.

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