Shane Crosby leads Day 1 of UKIPT Dublin
The Irish don't do things in small measures. Large, loud and enthusiastic is the general way of carrying on their business - so it was no real surprise to see such a huge turnout here in Dublin for the latest stop of the PokerStars UKIPT. Nearly 600 packed into the Burlington Hotel, most forking out the €500 entry fee while around 150 satellited their way in online at PokerStars.
With only one Day 1 flight, the poker room was crammed while the adjoining hotel bars maintained a healthy trade in Guinness. Healthy as in business, of course - the brewer can no longer say 'Guinness is good for you' in its advertising.
While the distractions in Dublin are plenty, the large prizepool means the players will be at least trying to concentrate on the poker. Most, anyway. Dan Heimiller was playing in the $215 Razz WCOOP event on PokerStars inbetween hands at his table. It didn't do him much harm - he finished the night bagging up a nice stack of 59,400 and was still going strong in the Razz.
At the end of play, with around 330 players left, Ireland's Shane Crosby took the chip lead with 120,200. "Even if I don't go on to cash, it's great to have been the chip leader tonight," he said. Not far behind is Simon Bernsten on 106,800, Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly on 101,300, and David Carberry on 97,125. Team Pro Vanessa Rousso bagged up 20,975 after struggling with a short stack for most of the day, while former Ireland international footballer Tony Cascarino ended with 29,200.
But while they'll be enjoying a rest tonight before returning at 1pm tomorrow, plenty more will be finding other things to do in Dublin after their tournaments ended much sooner than they had hoped. Team PokerStars Pros Jude Ainsworth and Julian Thew won't be back, while former Ireland rugby international Reggie Corrigan and former world snooker champion Ken Doherty, both sponsored by PokerStars, also bit the dust.
We'll have the full official chip count with you as soon as it is made available by tournament staff. It will be up on the chip count page. Until then, take a look at our coverage by clicking on the following links:
Thanks to fellow writer Rick Dacey and to photographer Mickey May for their fine work today, while videos, much like the one below of a jovial Andy Black, can be found at pokerstars.tv
Until tomorrow, it's goodnight from us, and goodnight from this little leprechaun...