The Fitzwilliam Casino in Dublin will be staging its first festival. From April 27 to May 2, three 50, a 100, a
250, and a 350 tournament will take place, with all but one being no-limit hold’em. The odd one out is a pot-limit hold’em/Omaha round of each.
As yet, there is no word on an event sponsor, although sponsorship is described as a “distinct possibility.” Field sizes are expected to be in treble digits for the larger competitions, and could well be the same for the smaller events.
Merrion’s WSOP Satellite
Dublin’s Merrion Casino will again be staging what is expected to be Europe’s largest land-based satellite for the World Series of Poker when a minimum of four tickets are expected to be given away on Thursday, June 9.
The buy-in for the no-limit hold’em tournament is 330 with rebuys. The casino is guaranteeing two seats, as was the case last year when a total of five places were won.
Amongst last year’s ticket winners was “Big Al” Kelleher, who took home $125,780 for a fourth-place effort in a $3,000 hold’em tournament preceding the “big one.”
Viva Las Vegas in Cork
Cork’s Macau Casino stages its “Viva Las Vegas” World Series satellite during the weekend of April 29–May 1.
Daily qualifiers demanding a 150 entry fee and offering the usual top-ups and add-ons will be played down until a final 20 percent of the field remains. These successful players will then proceed to the final stage on the evening of Sunday, May 1.
“Last year we generated two tickets,” explained Casino Manager Ken Cockery. “So, all being well, it’s hoped we can send three or even four players to the World Series.”
Meanwhile, Irisheyespoker.com has been confirmed as the sponsor of Cork’s Irish Classic, which takes place July 28–31.
“The site is adding 5,000 to the main event, which will be 500 no-limit hold’em,” said Cockery. “In return, we are installing eight Irisheyespoker.com terminals on our upper floor for customers’ use.”
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