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The Irish Poker Tour Makes Its International Debut in London From May 26

Irish Poker Tour heads to London

Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford in London will be packed to the rafters with poker players from May 26 through May 29 because the Irish Poker Tour is in town. The Irish Poker Tour, as its name suggests, has limited its events to towns and cities in Ireland but is going international for the first time on May 26 when it drops anchor in London.

Tournaments and satellites with buy-ins from £50 to £750 adorn the bustling schedule. They include a £250 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, a £750 buy-in High Roller, and the eagerly anticipated £300 buy-in Irish Poker Tour Main Event.

The Irish Poker Tour London Main Event may have an affordable £300 buy-in but it comes with a generous £100,000 guarantee on its prize pool. Each Day 1 player sits down armed with 30,000 chips and plays to a 30-minute clock (15-minutes for the turbo-structured Day 1D) where the blinds start at 100/100. A big blind ante comes into play during the third level, and each Day 1 concludes after the 16th level.

Satellites for the Main Event and High Roller will be available at Aspers Casino Westfield during the festival.

Fintan Gavin
Irish poker legend Fintan Gavin is the Irish Poker Tour and player representative

Fintan Gavin, the Irish Poker Tour and player representative, cannot wait for the London festival to start. He revealed he definitely will not be the only Irish player at Aspers this weekend.

"It's a perfect location for a poker festival, and over 100 Irish are coming to play everything. Main Event, Omaha, High Roller, you name it we will play it! Aspers is the perfect fit for this special event as they can readily accommodate the expected large field and out friends at Paddy Power Poker have made it even more special by qualifying a whole bunch of players and by digging deep and adding extra value to the prize pools."

Full Irish Poker Tour London Schedule

DateTimeTournamentGuaranteeBuy-inClockTypeLate Reg.Stack
Thu 26th May1:00 p.m.Satellite to Irish Poker Tour Main Event10 x Seats£40 + £1020 mins1 x Re-Entry6 Levels10,000
 5:00 p.m.Irish Poker Tour Main Event Day 1A£100,000£265 + £3530 mins1 x Re-Entry8 Levels30,000
 8:00 p.m.NLH£10,000£130 + £2020 mins1 x Re-Entry6 Levels20,000
Fri 27th May12:00 p.m.Irish Poker Tour Main Event Day 1B£100,000£265 + £3530 mins1 x Re-Entry8 Levels30,000
 3:00 p.m.Turbo Satellite to Irish Poker Tour Main Event10 x Seats£40 + £1015 mins1 x Re-Entry6 Levels10,000
 5:00 p.m.Irish Poker Tour Main Event Day 1C£100,000£265 + £3530 mins1 x Re-Entry8 Levels30,000
 8:00 p.m.PLO 4 Cards£1,000£225 + £2520 mins1 x Re-Entry6 Levels20,000
 9:00 p.m.Irish Poker Tour High Roller Satellite7 x Seats£100 + £1520 mins1 x Re-Entry6 Levels15,000
Sat 28th May12:00 p.m.Irish Poker Tour Main Event Day 1D Turbo£100,000£265 + £3515 mins1 x Re-Entry8 Levels30,000
 4:00 p.m.Irish Poker Tour Main Event Day 2£100,000-40 Mins-Closed-
 5:00 p.m.Irish Poker Tour High Roller£35,000£700 + £5030 mins1 x Re-Entry6 Levels30,000
 8:00 p.m.Satellite to Killarney IPT Festival Satellite (£1000 Package Added)£5,000 (+£1,000)£130+ £2020 mins1 x Re-Entry6 Levels15,000
Sun 29th May1:00 p.m.Irish Poker Tour Main Event Final Day£100,000-20 mins-Closed-
 4:00 p.m.NLH£5000£130 + £2020 mins1 x Re-Entry6 Levels20,000
 7:00 p.m.Progressive Bounty£5000£200 + £2520 mins1 x Re-Entry6 Levels20,000

A Fantastic Start to the Irish Poker Tour

Irish Poker Tour results

The Irish Poker Tour has got off to a fantastic start since its launch with seven stops already completed in addition to a Grand Final that awarded some impressive prizes. Those seven stops guaranteed a combined €95,000 for the €150 buy-in Main Events but paid out €232,500 in total. Live poker is most certainly alive and well in the Emerald Isle.

The Irish Poker Championship was the Main Event of the Irish Poker Tour Final in Limerick in late February. It came with a €300 buy-in and a €150,000 guarantee, but 836 entrants created a €221,540 prize pool, much more than the advertised guarantee.

Brian Slattery emerged victorious from this event and took home €58,000 for his €300 investment. The other players who finished in the top five each walked away with five-figure sums. Kevin Malone (€36,000), Ken Murray (€23,000), John McDonnell (€15,000), and Dave Pollock (€10,800) being those players; the latter won his seat online at Paddy Power Poker.

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