The European Deepstack Poker Championships, in its previous incarnation of the Green Joker Poker Festival, was once one of the best kept secrets on the poker circuit. A quiet little deep stack poker festival in the town of Drogheda, Ireland. Now it is one of the big talking points on the European poker schedule and some big names are tipped to win it. Paddy Power have opened the betting market for the event and some very in form players top the punters favorites' list.
Julian 'YoYo' Thew was a regular at this event before his recent surge of results and the double GUKPT and EPT champion is the outright favourite at 40/1. No surprise that one of the other form men, GBPT and Poker Million winner Joe Beevers, is right behind him at 66/1. His fellow Mobster Barny Boatman is also one of the top choices at 66/1.
Other names that are clearly worth a punt are last year's winner Jen Mason at 66/1 (who excels at deep stack poker) and winner before her Lloyd O'Farrell at 100/1. The cream of the Irish Poker scene will be there and Rob Taylor, Nicky Power and Padraig Parkinson are all due a result at around 100/1.
If you are not too clued up about the Irish Poker scene you can have a bet this weekend on the PartyPoker European Open which is taking place in London. Naturally Phil Hellmuth is the outright favourite on his visit to the UK at 10/1 and the man they say is the best in this 6 handed TV format, Ian Frazer is just behind him at 15/1. Roland De Wolfe, Andy Black and Annette Obrestad are also hotly tipped at 20/1 each.
For some strange reason, high stakes specialist Ben Grundy is listed at 100/1 despite potentially being one of the best cash game players in the UK, so this appears a bet worth taking. Roy Brindley, who seems to do very well in this format, also looks a good bet at 33/1.
Ed note: But if you really fancy backing a long shot, you can put your money on some donkey we noticed on the list called Barry Carter at 80/1!