One of the most eagerly anticipated live events of the year kicks off this weekend at The Burlington Hotel in Dublin. We are of course talking about the paddypowerpoker.com Irish Winter Festival.
The €1,125 buy-in Main Event always attracts some of the most familiar faces from the UK & Ireland circuits, with the likes of Marty Smyth, Eoghan O’Dea and Neil Channing just three of the names who would be considered regulars in this event.
Last year 395 players bought into the Irish Winter festival, creating a prize pool of almost €400,000, the lion’s share of which finding its way to John Keown (pictured) who walked away with a bankroll-boosting €100,000 for his efforts over the weekend.
This year the Main Event is expected to be even larger, plus there is a plethora of side events to keep everyone who busts out royally entertained. Check out the 2012 paddypowerpokercom Irish Winter Festival schedule below:
|Fri 26 Oct||19:00||€100+€15 Super Satellite to the Main Event|
|Sat 27 Oct||14:00||€1,000+€125 No Limit Hold’em Main Event|
|Sat 27 Oct||17:00||€120+€15 No Limit Hold’em Six-handed|
|Sat 27 Oct||21:00||€50+€5 No Limit Hold’em Turbo|
|Sun 28 Oct||14:00||€300+€35 No Limit Hold’em|
|Sun 28 Oct||17:00||€200+€25 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Sun 28 Oct||18:30||€50€5 No Limit Hold’em Double Chance|
|Mon 29 Oct||14:30||€100+€15 No Limit Hold’em|
|Mon 29 Oct||18:30||€100+€15 Irish Mythical Championship|
]UK & Ireland PokerNews also believes there will be a €50+€5 No Limit Hold’em Team Event taking place over the weekend but as yet the date has not been formalised. In past years, the Irish Winter Festival has also hosted fun and novelty games such as Blind Man’s Buff, Revolving Darts and Beer Pong so keep you eyes peeled for such tongue-in-cheek goings on at this year’s festival.
Although online qualifiers have now ended on paddypowerpoker.com , you can still download the software via PokerNews and help yourself to a massive 200% up to $2,000 first deposit bonus. Maybe you could turn that $2,000 into a buy-in for each of the events at the 2013 Irish Winter Festival?