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Boatman Sunk, Black Back as WPT Dublin Begins
Despite heavy competition from the PCA, the first-ever World Poker Tour Dublin did not disappoint with Europe’s poker elite out in full force on Day 1.
Day 1 drew an impressive 338 players including noted English stars James Akenhead, Sam Trickett, Andy Black, Barny Boatman and PKR Poker pro Jake Cody.
By the time Level 9 drew to a close the initial field had been cut down to just below 200 runners with Jon Kalmar, Andy Black and Sam El Sayed in the top 10 chip counts.
Thanks to 338 players paying the €2,500 buy-in boosted the prizepool to a total of €760,500 with €202,680 and a $25k WPT Bellagio seat for first place alone.
There was a minor controversy in the first level of the day when Barny Boatman accidentally opened for 15,000 when the blinds were still 50/100.
Boatman meant to bet 300 but because the 100 and 5,000 chips looked similar he accidentally committed half his stack.
His opponent, Sam El Sayed, moved all-in for 32,000 and Boatman, likely feeling pot-committed at this point, called for the rest of his stack. He showed pocket tens to El Sayed’s QQ.
The board bricked and Boatman ended up crashing out of contention in the first level with pocket tens.
Boatman was hardly the only notable player to bust as James Akenhead, Padraig Parkinson, John Eames and Jonathan Spinks all hit the rail on Day 1.
Sam Trickett was in good shape throughout most of the day but had the misfortune of picking up pocket kings to pocket aces. Trickett lost a massive pot and then tilted right out of the tournament with A-T against his opponent’s A-Q.
Day 2 begins at 2 p.m. local time at the City West Hotel in Saggart, Dublin.