Back in February 2013 Deborah Worley-Roberts eliminated so many players in the UKIPT Cork Main Event that the PokerStars Blog coined the nickname ‘Debs the Destroyer’ for her as she scythed her way through the field. She went on to finish fifth in that event and it’s a nickname that’s stuck. This summer it rang around the Amazon Room in Las Vegas as she all but won a WSOP bracelet, finishing second in the Ladies Championship event.
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She’s back to her old tricks here in Dublin as, the American, who calls Brighton home, turned her starting stack of 30,000 into 317,600 by the time play ended. That all means she topped the Day 1B field, but she did so by just a handful of big blinds and the closest challegner to Worley-Roberts is a familliar face on the Irish Poker scene. Emmett Mullin won the UKIPT Galway title in 2012 and he ran up another big stack today. His end of day 311,700 wasn’t quite enough to usurp Worley-Roberts at the top of the counts.
Roughly 83 of the 259 entrants survived, other big stacks and notables through to Day 2 include:
Sean Prendiville: 260,000
Dan Jones: 203,700
Dermot Blain, 96,000
Niall Farrell 93,000
Tom Hall, 87,300
Jason Wheeler, 83,900
Stephen Hendry: 75,200
Chris Gordon: 61,000
You’ll notice the name of Stephen Hendry amongst that list. The seven-time World Snooker Champion might have lost a frame to Ken Doherty yesterday, but he was in better form at the felt today. A set back when his pocket queens lost to pocket sevens was soon overcome thanks to a double up with aces.
Whilst Hendry plays on to Day 2, fellow sportsman Wayne Bridge and Michael Duberry both took an early bath. Whilst both will be dissapointed by their performance, you suspect it’ll be Duberry who loses the most sleep over it. We discovered that the ex-professional footballer is mightily competitive. The duo were in good company on the rail as Jake Cody, Fintan Hand, Maria Konnikova, Kelly Saxby, Will Kassouf and Jason Tompkins were among those who got knocked out. None of the above are out permanantly as they have the option to enter the Day 1C turbo flight. That’s already under way and we expect plenty of big names to take a second shot at this €700,000 guranteed Main Event.
The turbo flight means we don’t know the total number of runners for this tournament just yet, but the Day 2 seat draw and chip counts of all the survivors will be available before play begins tomorrow. Keep an eye on the blog and the @PokerStarsBlog Twitter account for that information. We’ll be back tomorrow at noon for a packed day of action, the bubble will burst and we may well reach the final table. However, for now it’s goodnight from Dublin.