This year’s Irish Open Main Event welcomed 502 players who created a prize pool of €1,606,400 with a €420,000 first prize.
The poker week kicked off on April 5th before the start of the €3,500 Main Event, when the Burlington accommodated the inaugural tournament of a brand new series called ISeriesLive.
Our very own Marvin Rettenmaier was one of the 10 professional players to join this invitation-only event.
Marvin played against Devilfish, Maria Ho, Tobias Reinkemeir (winner of an EPT Grand Final High Roller event), Faraz Jaka (WPT Player of the Year in Season VIII), Carlos Mortensen (a WSOP Main Event Champion in 2001), James Dempsey, Daniel Negreanu, Eoghan O’Dea and Phil Hellmuth. Marvin’s final hand of pocket 5s was crushed by Negreanu’s AcQc when an Ace fell on the flop. Eventually the 1st place was won by James Dempsey, who we also saw at the Main Event tables today (and who has previously won a WPT title – 2011 Doyle Brunson World Poker Classic, and a WSOP bracelet).
Back to the Irish Open Main Event: Titan Poker sent 9 online qualifiers and Team Pro’s Marvin. Our players: Dan Murariu from Romania; Stefan Kolossow and Mario Puccini from Germany; Robin van den Heuvel and Leon Piso from The Netherlands; Roch Cousineau, Gabriel Vezina and Griffin Benger from Canada; Lautaro Mayon from Argentina. Along with all participants in the iSeriesLive in the roster of prominent players are also winner of last year’s Main Event Irish native Niall Smyth, runner-up Sunar Surinder, Triple Crown Winner Jake Cody, Michael Tureniac, French pro Arnaud Mattern, Soccer Legend Teddy Sheringham and 5 WSOP Champions – Jonathan Duhamel, Noel Furlong, Carlos Mortensen, Phil Hellmuth and Dan Harrington.
Some hands Marvin played as the day unfolded:
Level 3 – blinds 75/150
Marvin in seat 3, Kevin MacPhee in seat 5, fellow German Dominik Nietzsche in seat 2.
- With KJo Marvin opened for 350 from MP and got called by the BB and one player from late position. The flop came 7d8c3h. Marvin bet 525 and BB raised to 950. Marvin reraised to 3725 and BB gave up the hand.
- In UTG+1 position Marvin raised to 350, 4 players called and saw a flop of 10c6s5s. Marvin bet 1500 and UTG+2 called. The turn was Ks. Marvin bet 1850 and and UTG+2 raised to 3650. Marvin paid and saw a turn card 7s. He value bet for 2350 but UTG+2 raised to 10000 and Marvin chose to fold. He had Js10s and his opponent had As10d.
Level 4 – blinds 100/200
- A Player opened for 500 from MP. Marvin reraised to 1275 – the cutoff and UTG called. The board was AcKs7h2h7s. UTG bet 3000 and got Marvin and the cutoff to fold.
- From the SB Marvin bet 1950 on a 3c5c4c flop and showed a 9h after taking the pot
- Marvin bet 450 from LP, the cutoff paid and they saw a flop of 4hKc10h. Marvin made a continuation bet of 425 and the cutoff limped again. The turn card was a 3h and Marvin bet 625. The river card was 2s. Marvin bet 1350 and took the pot.
- Marvin in position UTG+2 opened for 450 and 5 players limped. The flop came 7s9h6h. Marvin bet 2K here and the guy on the button threw in 3500 on a turn card 3d. The river was a Qd. The button bet 5K and Marvin paid – he had A9o and lost a sizable portion of his stack here.
The last hand he played – Level 7 blinds 200/400 w. 25 ante:
Titan Poker qualifier Robin van den Heuvel was on Marvin’s right. Marvin had only 6475 in chips and Robin had 7650. Robin opened for 900 from the button and after hesitating for a brief moment there Marvin shove all-in with 5s3d. The board was 2h10h8sQs7c and Robin eliminated Marvin with his AsJc. Poker deities were not on his side.
Another Titan qualifier – Griffin Benger, left during Day 1 with JJ vs 8s8 in a pre-flop all-in. On a board of Js5s4s2s Martins Adeniya’s 8 of spades was the winning card. Griffin gave the following commentary: ‘This is supposed to be a soft field but I had one of the toughest tables – a couple of online pros, Shane Gamble, Matt Perrins, Irish Open 2011 Main Event winner Niall Smyth, a WSOP bracelet winner..on my left was the guy who bubbled the PCA..’Argentinian qualifier Lautaro Mayon was doing ok during Level 5 (blinds 150-300 w. 25 ante, his stack – 53K) but it went downhill from there.
- He opened for 750 from LP and the cutoff paid. Flop: Ad3sKs. The cutoff bet and Lautaro limped. They checked the turn card 2h, the river card was a blank and the cutoff showed Ac7c, Lautaro mucked.
- The board was 4hJdKd2s5s. After he had bet on the flop, Lautaro (from BB) bet 1450 on the turn, 2400 on the river and SB paid all the way to eventually show QQ and take the pot. Lautaro had 25450 in chips left at this point.
- He later raised with KK pre-flop, was reraised and eventually shove all-in pre-flop but was up against AA and that was it for the Argentian.
281 players are returning for the second day of the Main Event with chip leader Canadian Samuel Chartier who finished Day 1 with 136,800 in chips. The stacks of two Titan Poker qualifiers have lived to see another day at the Irish Open 2012 – Leon Piso and Robin van den Heuvel.