If you have played in the European Poker Tour, the World Series of Poker Europe or whole host of major poker tours in Ireland over the past few years then you will no doubt have come across the excellent tournament director JP McCann.
Since 2005, when he founded JP Poker, McCann has been steadily growing his reputation as one of the best in the business despite also being one of the youngest, aged just 33-years old. Word has it that McCann started directing his own tournaments after he was participating in a Dublin-based tournament where the buy-ins did not tally with the prize pool. When he questioned what this was the case he was told to mind his own business and if he didn't like it he could always start running his own games. The rest, as they say, is history.
McCann and his team are going to be running the show at the JP Masters that is running between Mar.22 and Apr.01 at the Citywest Hotel in the heart of Dublin. Between those dates there will be more than 20 tournaments taking place, including No Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, H.O.R.S.E. and 8-Game in a range of formats from bounties, rebuys and shootouts and buy-ins from €120 to €5,000; there will literally be something for everyone.
JP Masters Schedule
|Fri 23 Mar||18:00||€750 No Limit Hold'em|
|Fri 23 Mar||20:00||€150 No Limit Hold'em - Win the Button|
|Sat 24 Mar||16:00||€300 No Limit Hold'em|
|Sat 24 Mar||20:00||€150 No Limit Hold'em - Six Max|
|Sun 25 Mar||14:00||€250 No Limit Hold'em - Bounty|
|Sun 25 Mar||16:00||€2,000 H.O.R.S.E.|
|Sun 25 Mar||20:00||€120 No Limit Hold'em - Rebuy|
|Mon 26 Mar||20:00||€150 No Limit Hold'em - Rivers|
|Tue 27 Mar||16:00||€300 Pot Limit Omaha - Six Max|
|Tue 27 Mar||20:00||€120 No Limit Hold'em - Rebuy|
|Wed 28 Mar||16:00||€300 No Limit Hold'em - Six Max|
|Wed 28 Mar||20:00||€150 Super Hold'em - Three cards|
|Thu 29 Mar||16:00||€300 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo|
|Thu 29 Mar||20:00||€150 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout|
|Fri 30 Mar||14:00||€500 Pot Limit Omaha - Heads-Up|
|Fri 30 Mar||20:00||€500 No Limit Hold'em - 8-Max|
|Sat 31 Mar||14:00||€300 No Limit Hold'em|
|Sat 31 Mar||16:00||€5,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller - 8-Max|
|Sat 31 Mar||16:00||€300 8-Game|
|Sat 31 Mar||20:00||€150 No Limit Hold'em / Pot Limit Omaha|
|Sun 1 Apr||14:00||€250 No Limit Hold'em - Bounty|
|Sun 1 Apr||16:00||€250 No Limit Hold'em - Heads-up|
|Sun 1 Apr||20:00||€120 No Limit Hold'em - Rebuy|
Should you find that schedule lacking for any reason, and we do not know why on Earth you would, divert your eyes downwards because there are going to be even more events than those above due to the Norwegian Masters taking place during the same period.
Due to the legal situation of the game in Norway, the Norwegian Masters travels around Europe for its annual meet-up and 2012 sees it drop anchor in Dublin. The full Norwegian Masters schedule reads:
|Sat 24 Mar||14:00||€500 No Limit Hold'em - Six Max|
|Sun 25 Mar||12:00||€1,500 No Limit Hold'em - Heads-up|
|Mon 26 Mar||15:00||€800 Pot Limit Omaha|
|Tue 27 Mar||16:00||€300 No Limit Hold'em - Ladies Event|
|Wed 28 Mar||16:00||€800 No Limit Hold'em - Norwegian Main Event|
|Thu 29 Mar||14:00||€800 No Limit Hold#em - Norwegian Main Event Day 1b|
So if you are in Dublin between Mar.22-Apr.1 then take a trip to the Citywest Hotel and get involved in what will be one of the best run festivals of the year.
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