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A Visit From St. Doyle

 A Visit From St. Doyle

This was originally written in 2006 and, in each subsequent year, it has been tradition for it to be run. Some of the players in the game might not be as well-regarded as they once were but, instead of changing the names, we’ve decided to leave it as it was originally written for posterity’s sake. Thus, enjoy our rendition of “A Visit from St. Doyle,” with all due regards and apologies to Clement Moore!

A Visit From St. Doyle

‘Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
The only thing heard
Was the clicking of a mouse

The stockings were hung
By the chimney with care
But nothing was in them
As I looked at two pair

The tournament was late
The blinds they were high
I considered a raise
And behind heard a sigh

The children were silent
And snuggled in bed
As thoughts of a boat
Danced in my head

With mom (who sighed) merrily wrapping
And I in my visor
I had settled in
And considered my raiser

When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter
I sprang from my chair
And ignored the chat banter

Towards the door
I flew like a flash
Threw back the bolt
And opened the latch

To what did my wondering eyes did appear
The saint of the game and eight of his peers
He had a big cowboy hat and a grand old smile
And with a sweep of his hand ushered in those in the rear

“In Chris, in Barry,
In Howard and Annie
In Jennifer, in T. J.,
And Phils, Hellmuth and Ivey”

To the table we flew
The chips they were clicking
The discussion was merry
Over the eggnog we were drinking

He spoke reverently
As we played through the night
He looked in my eyes
And showed me the light

“The game, it is great,
The time spent is a blast.
But it isn’t everything,
Enjoy each day like it’s your last.”

“Play the game and enjoy
Who knows, you may be great.
But remember friends and family
Those things never abate.”

The eight and I nodded in agreement
As a toast was raised to The Man
And he grandly announced,
“Everyone all-in, last hand.”

 The cards whisked to us
As did the flop, turn and river
And we all peeked at our hole cards
To see what was delivered

It came around to me
And I turned up my hand
I stared down wide-eyed
At the royal flush that I had

The hand went to me
As well as the cheers of the gang
And we all left the table
As the Christmas bells rang

The mood was joyful
And as they faded from sight
St. Doyle looked back to me
And had one final insight

“The best to you in the game
And the best in your life.
May your hands be huge,
Merry Christmas and good night.”

From our house here at Poker News Daily to yours, a very Merry Christmas (or Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa or Hail Festivus) and the best of the New Year.

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2016 EPT Dublin: Mustapha Kanit Nails Down High Roller, Main Event Underway in EPT’s First Visit to Ireland in Over Eight Years

 2016 EPT Dublin: Mustapha Kanit Nails Down High Roller, Main Event Underway in EPT’s First Visit to Ireland in Over Eight Years

For the first time in over eight years, the European Poker Tour has set their anchor down in the beautiful city of Dublin, Ireland and the Royal Dublin Society for their most recent festival of poker. As their €5000 Main Event kicked off its Day 1A action today, the frenetic play in the €25,000 High Roller wrapped up its action with a familiar face on top of the podium.

€25,000 High Roller – Final Table

The largest ever buy-in event in Irish history didn’t fail to disappoint anyone on the Emerald Isle. Kicking off on Friday night, 56 players generated 66 entries (this particular event allowed a single re-entry for participants) into the High Roller event and, by the time the late registration period ended at the start of Day 2 on Saturday, a new unique entry and three more second entries were recorded to bring the final count up to 70 entries. That guaranteed that nine players would earn a cash from the tournament, with that minimum payday being €49,730 and the top prize coming in at €501,640.

At the start of the action on Sunday, Mustapha Kanit held a healthy 1.6 million chip lead over Anton Bertilsson as the remainder of the field looked to catch up. Charlie Carrel, Chance Kornuth, Ivan Luca, Keith Johnson, Jeff Rossiter and Nick Petrangelo rounded out the field in third through eighth, respectively, and they had to get active quick if any of them were to challenge the top two men. As it would turn out, on the very first hand one of these men would be able to double up.

Johnson pushed his final 1.145 million chips to the center out of the cutoff and, after seeing Kanit pass from the button, Luca looked Johnson up from the small blind with a better hand. Luca’s pocket Jacks were ahead of Johnson’s A-J off suit but, unfortunately for Luca, the 6-A-3 flop nailed Johnson squarely. A ten on the turn left Luca looking for the case Jack and, when the board paired the six, Luca was left with a worse two pair than Johnson; down to 110K in chips, Luca would depart in eighth place to Kornuth the very next hand.

The short stacked Petrangelo, the beneficiary of a jump in pay due to Luca’s departure, left on the third hand of play after putting his final 500K or so in the center with A-J from the small blind. Rossiter, in the big blind, felt priced into the call and showed only a Q-8 off suit for the fight, but 7-Q-K flop immediately bumped Rossiter to the lead. When an Ace failed to come on the turn or the river, Petrangelo was gone in seventh place.

The flurry of early activity subsided after the two quick eliminations as it was more than 30 hands before the next elimination would occur. In another blind versus blind battle, Bertilsson, out of the small blind, put Johnson to the test when he moved all in and Johnson decided to take him on. Bertilsson had the goods with his pocket sixes, bad news for Johnson’s A-5 off suit, but a five on the flop opened some options. None of them would make an appearance, however, as Johnson exited the final table in sixth place.

Kanit maintained his dominance of the final table to this point and put his foot on the gas at exactly the right times. On Hand 60, Kanit would raise the betting and Rossiter, believing the chip leader was bullying him, moved all in. Kanit wasn’t bluffing, making the call and showing his Big Slick against Rossiter’s dominated K-J. The King on the flop kept Kanit in the lead and an insult-to-injury Ace on the river ended Rossiter’s tournament in fifth place while pushing Kanit close to the ten million mark in chips for the tournament.

Over the next 25 hands, Kanit’s only extended his domination. At one point, his three competitors’ (Carrel, Kornuth and Bertilsson) chip stacks added together barely made three-fifths of the 10.365 million stack that sat in front of Kanit. After Kornuth was able to knock off Bertilsson in fourth place, there was some talk of a deal but, perhaps because of the dominance of Kanit’s chip stack (13.515 million to Kornuth’s 2.515 million to Carrel’s 1.455 million), the talks were squelched.

Then a stunning hand occurred. On Hand 118, Kanit pushed the action up and Carrel moved his stack into the center from the small blind. Kornuth, instead of immediately passing, asked for a count before pushing HIS stack all in for less than Carrel’s. Kanit was more than happy to make the call and, once the cards were up, it was obvious why:

Kanit:  pocket Kings
Carrel:  pocket fives
Kornuth:  A-9 off suit

With both Carrel and Kornuth in danger of elimination, the Q-3-4 flop kept Kanit in the lead, but the five on the turn changed things in favor of Carrel after turning a set. The drama wasn’t over, however, as the river two brought the lead finally over to a stunned Kornuth, who went from eliminated on the turn to only 2.5 million chips behind Kanit after making a wheel; Carrel would take slightly more than a million chips to stay in the tournament momentarily, but he would depart five hands later at the hands of Kanit in third place.

Down 2.5:1, Kornuth came out of the gate firing in the heads up match. Within three hands, he had turned the tables on Kanit, taking a 10 million to 6 million chip lead. Only two hands later, however, Kanit had brought it back to even. The duo would swap the lead back and forth for a bit before the penultimate hand of the night hit the felt.

On the button, Kornuth popped the action to 500K and Kanit didn’t hesitate in pushing all in. After a bit of discussion, Kornuth made the call and had to like his two over cards, an A-10 off suit, against Kanit’s pocket threes. The eight high flop kept Kanit in the lead and the Queen on the turn didn’t add any drama either. Once the Jack hit the baize on the river, the tournament was over and the championship was in the hands of Mustapha Kanit.

1. Mustapha Kanit, €501,460
2. Chance Kornuth, €360,150
3. Charlie Carrel, €234,100
4. Anton Bertilsson, €176,640
5. Jeff Rossiter, €137,200
6. Keith Johnson, €106,330
7. Nick Petrangelo, €84,040
8. Ivan Luca, €65,170
9. Martin Jacobson, €49,730*

(* – eliminated on Saturday on official final table bubble)

€5000 Main Event – Day 1A

After eight levels of play on Day 1A of the EPT Dublin Main Event, 79 players have earned the right to move onto Day 2 later this week. Heading that was as the chip leader from Day 1A will be Gilles Bernies, who will hold 189,600 in chips when he comes back on Tuesday for action.

With two Day Ones to choose from in Dublin, 147 players eventually would sign up for the “A flight” of the Dublin event. The tables would be packed with some strong pros, including former World Champion Ryan Riess, 2015 WSOP Championship Event “November Niner” Pierre Neuville, the reigning champion of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (the last tournament before the EPT Dublin) Mike Watson, Rainer Kempe, Max Silver, Davidi Kitai, Sam Greenwood, Fabrice Soulier, Anthony Zinno, and Charlie Carrel, fresh off his deep run in the EPT Dublin High Roller. Of all these players, only Greenwood, Soulier, Zinno Neuville and Carrel would punch their tickets to Day 2 action, with the others dropping by the wayside throughout the day’s action.

Another top pro who would have a big day was Mike McDonald. ‘Timex’ was certainly ticking as he smashed his way to a full house that knocked out two players late in the action on Sunday night. That hand was big enough that he was able to capture the second slot on the medal stand for Day 1A, but not enough to get him past Bernies, who tormented defending EPT Grand Final champion Adrian Mateos throughout the day.

1. Gilles Bernies, 189,600
2. Mike McDonald, 162,400
3. Ian Hunter, 139,400
4. Artem Litvinov, 138,400
5. Victor Ilyukhin, 131,400
6. Adrian Mateos, 128,800
7. Anthony Zinno, 124,800
8. Fabrice Soulier, 123,400
9. Kamran Aliyev, 114,200
10. Jean-Noel Thorel, 110,000

Day 1B will begin at noon in Dublin (7AM Eastern Time in the United States) at which point such tidbits of information as the final player count and the prize pool will be determined. By the end of the week, the latest champion will be crowned as the European Poker Tour has returned to the shimmering landscape of the Emerald Isle once again!

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A Christmas Gift: A Visit From St. Doyle

 A Christmas Gift: A Visit From St. Doyle

(Writer’s note:  I penned this a decade ago and it still rings true even today. Over the years I’ve considered changing some of the names used in the course of the tale (due to transgressions), but have left the original intact for posterity and to reflect the original inspiration. To you, the reader, and with apologies to Clement Moore, we pass along our wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and Seasons’ Greetings and wish the best of the New Year to all!)

A Visit from St. Doyle

‘Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house,
The only thing heard
Was the clicking of a mouse.

The stockings were hung
By the chimney with care.
But nothing was in them
As I looked at two pair.

The tournament was late,
The blinds they were high.
I considered a raise
And behind heard a sigh.

The children were silent
And snuggled in bed
As thoughts of a boat
Danced in my head.

With Mom (who sighed) merrily wrapping
And I in my visor,
I had settled into the game
And considered my raiser.

When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair
And ignored the chat banter.

Towards the door
I flew like a flash,
Threw back the bolt
And opened the latch.

To what did my wondering eyes did appear,
The saint of the game and eight of his peers.
He had a big cowboy hat and a grand old smile
And with a sweep of his hand ushered in those in the rear.

“In Chris, in Barry,
In Howard and Annie.
In Jennifer, in T. J.,
And Phils, Hellmuth and Ivey.”

To the table we flew,
The chips they were clicking.
The discussion was merry
Over the eggnog we were drinking.

He spoke reverently
As we played through the night.
He looked in my eyes
And showed me the light.

“The game, it is great,
The time spent is a blast.
But it isn’t everything,
Enjoy each day like it’s your last.”

“Play the game and enjoy
Who knows, you may be great.
But remember friends and family,
Those things never abate.”

The eight and I nodded in agreement
A toast was raised to The Man
As he grandly announced,
“Everyone all-in, last hand.”

The cards whisked to us,
As did the flop, turn and river,
And we all peeked at our hole cards
To see what was delivered.

It came around to me
And I turned up my hand
I stared down wide-eyed
At the royal flush that I had.

The cash went to me,
As well as the cheers of the gang,
And we all left the table
As the Christmas bells rang.

The mood was joyful
As they all faded from sight.
St. Doyle looked back to me
And had one final insight.

“The best to you in the game,
And the best in your life.
May your hands be huge,
Merry Christmas and good night.”

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