Whilst many poker players are on their jetting off on their way to Paradise Island in the Bahamas for the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure there are a number of British pros who have chosen to swap the sunshine, 77 degrees Fahrenheit temperature and $9 bananas they would have encountered for the rain, nine degrees Fahrenheit and €6 pints of Guinness in Dublin? Why? Because they are all looking to win a World Poker Tour Event.
The WPT has stopped off on the emerald isle for the first time in its long and illustrious history for the WPT Ireland Main Event. The €2,500 (10% withheld) is being held in the Citywest Hotel between January 5-8 and it should be a good craic.
Amongst those who will be enjoying the delights of budget airlines EasyJet and Ryanair and therefore having absolutely zero creature comforts include PKR sponsored pro Jake Cody, Jon Spinks, Sam Macdonald, Matt Perrins, "lil" Dave Nicholson November Niner Sam Holden and John Eames. Surely one of our boys is due some run good in one of these European WPT stops?
Out of this bunch of talented individuals only Mr Cody has a WPT title to his name. The now-Leeds based Triple Crown winner took down WPT London during 2010 and just cannot stop going deep in major events, it's quite sickening actually! But if you were to put any money on one of our boys other than Cody bringing home the bacon then you would have to lump it on Eames, that is if he can stop insulting the Irish long enough to concentrate on accumulating chips.
Eames has had some great results in Ireland during his live career first finishing third in the €1,500 Main Event of the European Deepstack Poker Championship II in February 2009 and a 12/221 finish in the €750 buy-in JP Poker Masters Main Event in May of the same year. But his best performance in Guinness land was in April last year when he and Surinder Sunar reached the final table of the €3,200 Irish Open Main Event, eventually finishing eighth for €45,000.
The very best of luck to everyone taking part, especially our army of Brits!