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Card Player Poker Tour Spotlight: Rem Remington

Rem RemingtonJacksonville local Rem Remington is finding his way back to the poker tables after taking a little time off to re-adjust to life with a new baby. After working at his own low-voltage wiring company, Remington played professionally for seven years before taking a break with his wife and baby and starting a real estate company.

Getting back into the swing of things is a grind, but Remington is ready and using his knowledge from his past professional time to start over. He secured a seat in the Card Player Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville $ 1,500 no-limit hold’em $ 300,000 guarantee main event early and is looking for a nice score come May 8-12.

“Starting back over, grinding is a big part of it,” Remington said. “Playing satellites to get into the big events and doing the hard things that a lot of people don’t want to do. If you want to be successful you have to commit to those.”

“bestbet does a great job pre-event of allowing the local players to get into the main event through the satellites. And even satellites for the other events like Event 1 ($ 350 no-limit hold’em $ 100,000 guarantee). A local player that is really committed to that can really take advantage of that like I did. Getting into the main for $ 185, you can’t beat it. That definitely increases the profit margin, which allows you to do some other things.”

Name: Rem Remington

Resides: Jacksonville, Florida

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Largest Live Cash: $ 17,563 – 5th, 2010 Winter Bayou Poker Challenge Main Event

You try to stay in Florida mostly now, but did you previously travel a lot?

It’s really nice that you guys and a lot of the tours are coming to Florida now because that’s a lot less traveling for some of us to get around a bit and that has really helped out a lot. Before the laws changed here in Florida, the stops were always Biloxi, Vegas, New Orleans, Tunica – so it just added a lot for someone who was trying to play the tour stops, especially for someone who lived in this area.

But now there is so much that goes on here at this great room in Jacksonville, and then down south is amazing, so now I can drive and I don’t have to be gone for too long.

Do you still travel occasionally?

I do. I still go to New Orleans – only because I run so good in New Orleans, I love it there – Biloxi and then obviously Vegas for the World Series.

Now poker is not your full time career correct? Or has that changed?

Well for about the past seven years, it was. I had a life change and had a new baby. So for about the last year and a half I’ve kind of slowed down and started a little real estate business. But now that the baby is getting older, my wife grabbed me and said ‘hey, you really miss poker right?’ And I couldn’t lie. I said ‘yeah, I do.’ So I’m getting back into playing full time. I’m excited about that and she is supporting me so it’s great.

Prior to the past seven years, what were you doing before?

I owned a low-voltage wiring company and then just got some freedom in my life that allowed me the opportunity to do what I wanted. So I studied up on the game, had a nice little run at the World Series, which bankrolled me pretty good and I played for a living for about seven years straight.

When everything changed on Black Friday, is that where your real estate business came into play? How did you deal with that change?

Well actually Black Friday didn’t affect me too much because I didn’t play a lot online, I played mostly live. But I was at the World Series during Black Friday and let me tell you, those kids were freaking out. They were trying to figure out how they were going to bankroll themselves during the World Series. It didn’t personally affect me but a lot of my friends were really scrambling. Quite honestly, it helped a lot of people who backed players start a business at that point, because there were a bunch of good players who needed funding. So there were a few people who were able to capitalize on that and make money.

From here going forward, what are your plans? You have played a couple CPPT stops and you are playing other tours as well, where would you like to be in a few years?

Just like a lot of what I call the grinding tour players – buy-in levels are great, the field sizes are perfect for someone who is really trying to what I call ‘break through’ – even though I’ve been playing for many years, everyone knows that player just needs that signature win. When you have that signature win it kind of allows you to play
differently. I’m going to continue to play on the Card Player Tour and some of the other tours when they come to Florida. I’m going to continue to play the World Series and try and hit my signature win and then go from there.

But poker just allows you a lifestyle that is great – freedom to spend time with your family and do what you want to do. So I’m good with it and just earning a living and moving forward. But everybody wants that big win. I’d love for it to be this weekend at the main event. I’d take that!

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Keven Stammen Wins 2014 World Poker Tour Championship At Borgata

For the first time in the World Poker Tour’s 12-year history the climactic season-ending WPT Championship was not held at the Bellagio but made the move to the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event changed it’s buy-in from $ 25,000 to $ 15,000 and guaranteed a $ 5 million prize pool.

A total of 328 players turned out for the inaugural running at the new venue, but in the end only one player was destined to become the newest WPT champion: Keven Stammen. For the win the Ohio native earned $ 1,350,000 and 1,440 Card Player Player of the Year points. Stammen had already made three final tables this year, including a win in a prelim at the L.A. Poker Classic, and as a result of those scores and this most recent huge win, Stammen now sits in third place in the overall POY standings, with 3,052 total points and $ 1,610,129 in year-to-date.

Byron KavermanStammen entered the televised final of six with the chip lead, but he had to overcome some top-level competition in the likes of Curt Kohlberg (5th – $ 286,292), Ryan D’Angelo (4th -$ 363,930), the WPT’s own Tony Dunst (3rd – $ 452,729) and eventual runner-up Byron Kaverman.

Stammen began heads-up play with Kaverman holding a roughly 2-to-1 chip lead, and despite some ups and downs Stammen was eventually able to extend the lead even farther before the final hand arose. Stammen limped from the button for 200,000 and Kaverman moved all-in for 3,155,000 with the 4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit. Stammen made the call with the AClub Suit8Spade Suit and the two were flipping with the title hanging in the balance. The board ran out QHeart Suit9Club Suit6Spade Suit3Heart SuitAHeart Suit and Stammen spiked an ace on the river to secure the pot and the title while Kaverman was sent to the rail with $ 727,860 and 1,200 POY points.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Photos courtesy of World Poker Tour / Joe Giron.

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Kevin Stammen Wins 2014 World Poker Tour Championship At Borgata

For the first time in the World Poker Tour’s 12-year history the climactic season-ending WPT Championship was not held at the Bellagio but made the move to the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event changed it’s buy-in from $ 25,000 to $ 15,000 and guaranteed a $ 5 million prize pool.

A total of 328 players turned out for the inaugural running at the new venue, but in the end only one player was destined to become the newest WPT champion: Keven Stammen. For the win the Ohio native earned $ 1,350,000 and 1,440 Card Player Player of the Year points. Stammen had already made three final tables this year, including a win in a prelim at the L.A. Poker Classic, and as a result of those scores and this most recent huge win, Stammen now sits in third place in the overall POY standings, with 3,052 total points and $ 1,610,129 in year-to-date.

Byron KavermanStammen entered the televised final of six with the chip lead, but he had to overcome some top-level competition in the likes of Curt Kohlberg (5th – $ 286,292), Ryan D’Angelo (4th -$ 363,930), the WPT’s own Tony Dunst (3rd – $ 452,729) and eventual runner-up Byron Kaverman.

Stammen began heads-up play with Kaverman holding a roughly 2-to-1 chip lead, and despite some ups and downs Stammen was eventually able to extend the lead even farther before the final hand arose. Stammen limped from the button for 200,000 and Kaverman moved all-in for 3,155,000 with the 4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit. Stammen made the call with the AClub Suit8Spade Suit and the two were flipping with the title hanging in the balance. The board ran out QHeart Suit9Club Suit6Spade Suit3Heart SuitAHeart Suit and Stammen spiked an ace on the river to secure the pot and the title while Kaverman was sent to the rail with $ 727,860 and 1,200 POY points.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Photos courtesy of World Poker Tour / Joe Giron.

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Borgata Puts Up Slight Overlay On $5 Million Guaranteed World Poker Tour Championship

The WPT Championship Moved To Borgata This YearThe World Poker Tour Championship attracted a field of 328 entries, just shy of what the Borgata needed to meet the $ 5 million guarantee.

As a result, the Atlantic City property had to dip into the rake from the $ 15,000+$ 400 tournament to come up with the extra cash and give the players an overlay of $ 80,000. An additional $ 147,600 was taken out for tournament staff and dealers.

This is the first time since the tour’s inception in 2002 that the WPT Championship was held outside of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The buy-in was also lowered from $ 25,000 to $ 15,000.

The tournament’s previous rendition had been suffering through a slump, drawing only 146 players in 2013, the fewest since 2003. The tournament peaked in 2007 with 639 entrants, creating a total prize pool of nearly $ 15.5 million. Carlos Mortensen came out on top, earning $ 3,970,415.

This year’s WPT Championship winner will take home $ 1,310,146, slightly more than the $ 1,150,297 that David “Chino” Rheem picked up for winning the event in 2013.

A total of 36 players will make the money, earning at least $ 30,085. Here’s a look at the full final table payouts.

1. $ 1,310,146
2. $ 727,860
3. $ 452,729
4. $ 363,930
5. $ 286,292
6. $ 235,341
7. $ 189,244
8. $ 143,146
9. $ 97,048

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Vicky Coren Mitchell Is The First Ever Two-Time European Poker Tour Main Event Winner

It took 98 tournaments for the European Poker Tour to find it’s first two-time main event champion, but it finally has.

Nearly eight years after taking down the 2006 EPT London, Vicky Coren Mitchell topped a field of 556 entries in the 2014 EPT Sanremo main event to write her name in the history books, earning €476,100 ($ 657,780 USD) and 1,680 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. She now sits in 14th place in the POY standings as a result.

“I’m a natural pessimist. I never expect to win,” said Coren Mitchell after her win. “My policy has always been to be happy with a profit and – most importantly – to enjoy myself. It hasn’t really sunk in yet but I’m incredibly grateful that so many people have got behind this.”

Coren Mitchell (who formerly went by Coren but changed her name after marrying famous British comedian David Mitchell) came into the final table as the short stack, being the only player with less than a million in chips heading into the final eight. Coren is part of PokerStars Team Pro, but is not a full time poker professional. She also is a writer and a TV presenter, with columns for The Observer and The Guardian newspapers and hosts the television quiz show Only Connect. Despite her numerous other endeavors it was made clear at this final table that she can still play impressive poker.

Coren Mitchell survived to three handed play as the short stack. Without winning any one huge double up she was able to grind back into the mix before a key turning-point hand arose. Jordan Westmorland raised on the button to 200,000 with the QClub Suit10Spade Suit and Coren Mitchell three-bet to 500,000 from the big blind with ADiamond Suit10Club Suit. Westmorland called and the flop brought the 10Diamond Suit10Heart Suit2Spade Suit. Coren Mitchell checked, Westmorland bet 550,000 and Coren Mitchell raised to 1.2 million.

Westmorland called and the turn brought the 4Club Suit. It went check, check and the river completed the board with the 3Diamond Suit.Coren Mitchell bet 1.5 million and Westmorland announced that he was all-in. Coren Mitchell made the call to double up to more than 11 million, seizing the chip lead and leaving Westmorland crippled. Just a few hands later Coren Mitchell sealed the deal, eliminating Westmorland in third place. The young online pro earned €213,850 ($ 295,455 USD) for his deep run.

Giacomo FundaroCoren Mitchell entered heads-up play with a roughly 3-to-1 chip lead over her opponent Giacomo Fundaro. Only a few hands into the one-on-one battle the next key showdown arose. Coren Mitchell raised from the button with QSpade SuitJClub Suit to 260,000 and Fundaro sneakily flat-called with the ASpade SuitAClub Suit.

The flop brought the QClub SuitJDiamond Suit7Spade Suit giving Coren Mitchell top two pair and she fired out 350,000 after Fundaro checked to her, continuing to under represent his hand. Fundaro then check raised to 825,000. Coren Mitchell made the call and the turn brought the 10Spade Suit. Fundaro checked and Coren Mitchell bet 1 million. Fundaro then moved all-in and Mitchell made the call. Fundaro was in need of help going into the river, and the 4Spade Suit didn’t provide it, instead securing the pot and the historic title for Coren Mitchell.

Fundaro earned €298,700) ($ 412,684 USD) and 1,400 POY points for his runner up finish.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Photo courtesy of PokerStars / Danny Maxwell and Neil Stoddart.

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Card Player Poker Tour: Dave Pollock Leads Irish Open Unofficial Final Table

After three days of poker at the 2014 Card Player Poker Tour Paddy Power Irish Open, the unofficial final table is set and Dave Pollock is the chip leader heading into the final day of play (Note: A final table of nine is customary in the U.S., but most official final tables in Europe are eight-handed). Pollock ended the day with 1,700,000 in chips, but is followed closely behind by Liam Chevalier, who bagged 1,655,000.

When the day started, breaking the money bubble was the first thing on everbody’s mind. 59 players showed up to start the penultimate day of the event, but only 47 would leave the tournament with a live cash to their resume.

Just under two hours into the day, Konstantinos Tsikopoulos was eliminated on the bubble when his ADiamond SuitKHeart Suit couldn’t hold up against Barry Donovan’s 10Spade Suit8Spade Suit and he was eliminated on the bubble in 48th place.

Barry DonovanDonovan, who comes to the unofficial final table third in chips with 1,565,000, was very close to being out of the tournament. Donovan was all in with 14 players remaining with A-4 against Chevalier’s A-10 for his tournament life. The board ran out 5-5-3-K-Q and neither the dealer, Chevalier, or Donovan realized that the pot should be chopped. The supervisor came over, handed Donovan his 14th place payout ticket, and Donovan was escorted to the cage.

After the hand, Thomas O’Shea and Jonathan Lundy made a comment to the dealer that they thought the hand should have been chopped. The rest of the table agreed and the tournament staff was called back over to the table. After confirming the two hands and the board, the staff went back and got Donovan from the cage, recreated the pot, chopped it, and put him back in the tournament.

That not only kept Donovan alive in the tournament, but also in the Sole Survivor competition.

The competition is for anybody who satellites into the event through Paddy Power. Those people are kept track of throughout the tournament and the final six of the Sole Survivors cash in the competition. Second through sixth place win a free entry into the 2015 Irish Open and first place earns €50,000.

The Donovan “elimination” would have sent him home in seventh place in the Sole Survivor competition and burst the bubble. Instead, he locks up at least a complimentary entry into the 2015 Irish Open, along with whatever prize money he wins on top of it.

Joining Donovan for the final day, are four other Sole Survivors, which means that the race for €50,000 will end at the final table. Pollock, Donovan, Patrick Clarke, Jonathan Lundy, and Michael Gilligan are the players still alive in the competition.

Jesse MayAt the start of the day, there were quite a few well-known players alive for the title. Pratyush Buddiga was eliminated shy of the money, while Samantha Cohen and David Masters both earned themselves a cash in the event finishing in 26th and 19th place, respectively.

Jesse May, who is more well-known for his commentary work which earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 European Poker Awards, also came into the day very healthy on chips and looking to make a deep run. May fell short of the final table, finishing in 17th place for €7,599.

The final nine players will return to the tournament area on Monday afternoon at 2 pm local time to play down to a winner. Each player is guaranteed €13,350, but everybody has their eyes set on the first place prize of €200,000 and the title.

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the final day:

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Ole Schemion Wins European Poker Tour Sanremo High Roller

Ole SchemionGerman pro Ole Schemion has won the European Poker Tour Sanremo €10,300 no-limit hold’em high roller, topping a field of 105 entries to win €265,000 and his tenth career title. The 21-year-old has amassed more than $ 4.6 million in tournament earnings in recent years playing on the European circuit.

“I’m obviously very happy to win the Sanremo High Roller. It was a very tough field, and a tough final table as well,” Schemion told PokerStars reporters. “It was a great tournament and a nice experience to win it.”

Schemion topped a star-studded final table including the likes of Canadian Pro Griffin Benger (6th – $ 83,863 USD), in-form Italian pro Mustapha Kanit (5th – $ 107,350 ) and heads-up opponent Max Greenwood (2nd – $ 251,589).

In addition to the plentiful prize money there were also plenty of Card Player Player of the Year points awarded in this event, with Schemion taking home 600 for the win and climbing to 33rd place in the overall POY standings as a result. For his fifth-place finish Mustapha Kanit earned 250 points. This was his fifth final table finish of 2014, bringing his year-to-date earnings to $ 908,354. As a result Kanit now sits in third place in the rankings with 2,884 points.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

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Card Player Poker Tour: Ville Sissonen Leads Irish Open After Two Days

Ville SissonenVille Sissonen bagged the chiplead with 522,000 on day 2 of the Card Player Poker Tour Paddy Power Poker Irish Open. It was a fitting end after nine levels of play as Sissonen had emerged as the chipleader early on and kept a steady presence near the top of the field throughout day 2.

Right behind Sissonen is Yoni Kissous with 477,500. Next on the leaderboard is Jesse May, known as the “voice of poker,” who instead let his actions do the talking for him. May ended the night with an impressive 454,500 in chips.

Day 2 was a day full of eliminations, seeing a steady line through the exit that never seemed to slow down.

Of the 411 entrants, only 253 returned for day 2 and when the final hand was dealt for the night a mere 59 remained. But despite the unfortunate day it was for more than about ¾ of the returning field a few players were just happy to hang on long enough for another day. Eldon Orr (54,500), Conor Fennell (65,500) and Pratyush Budigga (68,500) ended the night with the shortest stacks in play, but will be back and looking to rebuild on day 3.

The third day of the Irish Open will begin at 1 pm Irish Standard Time April 20 and when the number of players has been whittled down to the final 47, payouts from the €822,000 prize pool will begin.

Day 2 determined that a brand new winner will be declared this year. Defending champion Ian Simpson and 2012 winner Kevin Vandermissen both made day 2, but were subsequently eliminated.

Jesse MaySimpson’s end to what could have been a three-year run of impressive performances began in a hand with Sissonen. Simpson raised to 2,500 from the hijack seat and Sissonen three-bet to 6,300 from the cutoff. Action folded back around to the reigning champ, who made it 17,100 to go. Sissonen moved all-in for about 50,000 and Simpson called with ASpade SuitKSpade Suit. Sissonen showed QClub Suit10Club Suit and Simpson stayed ahead after a flop of 7Club Suit5Heart Suit2Diamond Suit. The 10Spade Suit on the turn gave Sissonen a pair and Simpson never regained the lead when the 7Spade Suit fell on the river.

After the hand Simpson was down to about 20,000 in chips and made his exit a short while later. Vandersmissen was eliminated a short time after the dinner break.

Other eliminations included Andy Black, one of the most recognizable names in Irish poker, who has more than $ 4.4 million in live tournament winnings, multiple career titles and even more final table appearances. A few of his accomplishments include a fifth place finish in the 2005 World Series of Poker main event, a third place finish in the 2007 Aussie Millions main event and five European Poker Tour cashes.

Black also bubbled the 2011 Irish Open final table and finished eighth in 2012, but being added to the list of winners in Europe’s longest running poker tournament will have to wait at least another year. Black was eliminated about halfway through day 2.

Eoghan and Donnacha O’Dea might hold the distinction of being the only father and son duo to make appearances at the WSOP main event final table – Donnacha in 1983 and 1991 and Eoghan in 2011 – but they will not be adding the Irish Open to their list of identical main events. The two began day 2 side-by-side at the same table but were quickly moved as their table was one of the first to break. The younger O’Dea was eliminated just shy of the dinner break and the elder O’Dea made his exit on the last hand of the night.

Check back at cardplayer.com for the live updates and video interviews. For a live stream of feature table each day, up to date chip counts and table draws, visit www.pokertube.com

Top Ten Chip Counts

1. Ville Sissonen – 522,000
2. Yoni Kissous – 475,500
3. Jesse May – 454,500
4. Dave Pollack – 454,000
5. Patrick Clarke – 420,500
6. Chris Dowling – 402,500
7. Marco Sabatini – 393,000
8. Colin Quarry – 381,000
9. David Masters – 333.000
10. Konstantinos Tsirakidis – 332,500

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Card Player Poker Tour: Irish Open Brings in €822,000 Prize Pool

In just a few short days one lucky player will leave the Double Tree Hotel in Dublin, Ireland €200,000 richer.

The 2014 Card Player Poker Tour Paddy Power Poker Irish Open kicked of April 18 and 411 hopefuls showed up with the intent of adding their names to the storied tournament’s list of winners.

With more than 400 entrants the tournament amassed a prize pool of €822,000 but only the final 47 players will pocket a piece of the money. With 259 players left in the field, the money bubble is still far out on the horizon.

Jonathan Lundy was at the top of the chip counts after nine levels of play and bagged up 201,000. Behind Lunday, Gerard Harraghy put away 156,600 and Yoni Kissous will return to a stack of 154,800.

Defending champion Ian Simpson was the man to watch during day 1, engaging with friendly, competitive banter with his tablemates throughout the day. Simpson, who finished fourth in the 2012 Irish Open and won the Sole Survivor promotion which included an entry into the 2013 tournament – which he would go on to win – bagged 51,200 at the end of the day.

“It’s already pretty crazy how the stars aligned last year, but now with the chance to come back and defend my title, it’s awesome. I love the Irish Open,” Simpson said. “Realistically, I’m no more likely to win this than any other tournament. The mechanics are it’s just another tournament, but sentimentally it’s an awesome tournament for me.”

Ian SimpsonSimpson may be the defending champion, but he is not the only player in the field who has the potential to join the list of two-time winners. Belgian Kevin Vandersmissen, who took home the title in 2012, is still alive with 34,400 heading into day 2.

With a loyal following of players the field was awash with professionals, many who call Ireland home, including Andy Black, Padraig Parkinson and father-and-son duo Donnacha and Eoghan O’Dea.

Black, who holds the distinction of being number one on the Ireland all-time live earnings list with upwards of $ 4.4 million in winnings, finished the day with about 27,000.

The younger O’Dea, who is number three on that same list with $ 2.7 million in lifetime earnings, $ 1.7 million of it from his sixth place 2011 World Series of Poker main event finish, will return with 33,100.

The _Irish Open _has only one day 1 and there are no re-entries or re-buys, meaning when a player hits the rail they will have to wait another year for their chance at Irish poker glory.

Among those who will have to let another 12 months pass before they take a shot at being added to the winner’s list include Nick Abourisk, David Lappin, Daragh Davey, Surinder Sunar, Martin Staszko and Parkinson.

Day 2 will begin at 1 pm Irish Standard Time. Check back at cardplayer.com for live updates and video interviews.

For a live stream of the feature table each day, up to date chip counts and table draws, visit www.pokertube.com

Top Ten Chip Counts

1. Jonathan Lundy – 201,100
2. Gerard Harraghy – 156,600
3. Yoni Kissous – 154,800
4. Vincent McNamee – 129,300
5. David Masters – 119,600
6. Garrett Boyle – 118,200
7. Barry Donovan – 116,700
8. Liam Chavalier – 114,800
9. Chris Cooke – 110,600
10. Ambrose Travers – 105,000

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Card Player Poker Tour Paddy Power Irish Open Begins April 18

One of the most exciting spots of the Card Player Poker Tour – the Paddy Power Irish Open – will begin April 18 with a race to crown the latest champion.

Complete live coverage of the four-day €2,250 no-limit hold’em main event will be provided on CardPlayer.com so fans across the world can follow the action until only one lucky player is left standing. A live stream of the final table will be provided by pokertube.com.

With a colorful history spanning more than three decades, the Irish Open will crown yet another champion April 21st and is expected to amass a prize pool of more than €1 million, just as it did last year when winner Ian Simpson picked up a €265,000 ($ 339,604) payday.

“It’s amazing,” Simpson said of the Irish Open. “You have to be there to fully appreciate it. Sometimes at a tournament I’ve sat down with eight other players and they barely say a word. The table chatter at the Irish Open makes for a really sociable game. It’s kinda like a home game that way. Except there’s a huge prizepool to play for! Everyone is in good cheer and there’s always plenty Guinness being drunk.”

The 2014 winner will take his or her place in Irish Open history and join the ranks of past winners such as three-time champion Noel Furlong, Kevin Vandermissen, Neil Channing, Joe Beevers and two-time champion Liam Flood.

One lucky player will also take home an additional €50,000 in cash through Paddy Power Poker’s Sole Survivor promotion. All players who qualify for the tournament on Paddy Power Poker will be entered into the promotion and the player who outlasts all other qualifiers will receive the money. The second-through-sixth place Sole Survivors will be awarded entry into the 2015 Irish Open.

Ian SimpsonSimpson can attest to the value of the Sole Survivor promotion, as he was the lucky winner in 2012.

“Coming in fourth in 2012 and winning the Sole Survivor promotion ended up setting me up for life. It gave me the chance I needed to develop as a player, gain so much live experience and become the player I am now. Thanks largely to that experience I was able to come back and win it in 2013,” Simpson said.

The much-anticipated tournament will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton, better known by its former moniker — the Burlington Hotel, on Burlington Road in Dublin. Just minutes from the city center, the five-star hotel is newly refurbished and boasts luxurious accommodations and modern facilities.

While taking a break from the poker action, players can walk a few minutes to Aviva Stadium to catch a game of rugby, experience Dublin’s legendary nightlife in the Temple Bar area, shop along Grafton Street, or take in a comedy show or concert at the Bord Gais Energy Theater.

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