The first major poker tournament of 2008, The Party Poker Irish Poker Championship, gets underway today and our very own UK Poker News reporters will be there to bring you all the latest news, chip counts and knock outs of the tournament.
The Irish Poker Championship is being held at the impressive Radisson Hotel, overlooking Galway Bay. Galway City is often called the 'Cultural Capital of Ireland' and hosts many festivals and events. The festival began yesterday and will conclude on 8th January, 2008. It is the first major poker tournament of 2008 and over 400 players will be battling for the million dollar prize pool in front of the TV cameras. High profile players expected to participate in the main event include Ireland's own Ciaran O'Leary and Padraig Parkinson, WSOP Tournament of Champions winner and Party Poker spokesperson Mike Sexton, alongside many other well known professionals. The starting field will be swelled by many online qualifiers who have won their right to take part in this prestigious event through satellites held on Party Poker, with some players qualifying for as little as $3.
In January 2006 the IPC broke the record as the largest ever No Limit Texas Hold'em event to be held in Europe. The Irish Poker Championship was also the first ever Texas Hold'em tournament to be televised by the National Irish television broadcaster RTE. The IPC is praised by professionals, amateurs and celebrities alike as one the best organised live poker events on the circuit. The IPC 2008 promises to be even better, so make sure you don't miss any of the action by logging onto UK Poker News and clicking on the Live Reporting tab, where Nicky and Gary will keep you right up to date with the thrills and spills of the first major poker tournament of the New Year.
Ed note: Follow the action as it happens from 7pm tonight on our Live Reporting pages