Corked Up

I haven’t been on since the very successful Boylepoker Summer Series at the Maldron Tallaght.

A great tournament, kudos to the Boylepoker team, JP and Larry for producing as smoothly run an event as you’ll ever play.


It was at that tournament that the sad news of Liam Flood passing became known. Liam is a person I have been lucky enough to get to know over the last ten years. Often misunderstood, I always found Liam to be the best of company with a wonderfully mischievous sense of humour.


Liam always had the interest of the game of poker to the forefront of his mind. Any player who was lucky enough to share the poker table with him will understand how much the overused “loves the game” phrase applied to Liam. He truly lit up any table he played at. Irish poker has lost great friend, RIP “The Gentleman”.


There’s lots of poker to look forward to over the coming weeks. The Irish Classic in Cork next weekend, followed by JP’s mini WSOP event at The Village Green Club, Tallaght and then D4 Events, shorthanded game in the Regency. Three top class tournaments to look forward to on consecutive weekends


I’m especially looking forward to the Cork game next week. The Irish Classic Poker Festival at the Macau Sporting Club Cork is one of Ireland’s longest running poker festivals and an event I always look forward to. The tournament has a €770 buy in, €50,000 guarantee, kicking off Friday the 12th of September, with a satellite on Thursday 13th. You can also qualify on the Boylepoker client next Monday at 9pm.   


There can be no doubt the tournament hasn’t been as strong as it once was in recent years, similar to all big buy in events in Ireland over this period really. Connie O’Sullivan is the man at the helm in the card room at the Macau these days and is fully focused on returning The Classic festival to a must play event on every poker players schedule.


If someone was thinking of taking the step up from smaller live tournaments to a larger buy in, this is the perfect opportunity. Speaking recently to Connie, he informed me that the satellites in the club are flying and he expects to have 60% plus of the field filled with local qualifiers. This means you’ll be playing a big buy in with top structure, but an event with more club regulars rather than the usual pro populated game at this buy in.


Another exciting happening within the Irish poker scene is the reopening of the Loft Card club Naas. Chris Dowling and Paul O’ Reilly are the men behind the club this time round. Both are experienced and respected faces from different sides of the poker business in Ireland, so a club run to the highest standards can be assured. I’d like to with the lads every success with the new venture. The Club is open for business this Saturday 6th of September.


Last but not least the satellites are in full swing and getting big numbers on the Boylepoker client for the IPO Dublin in October. This is the big one so don’t miss out, you can qualify for free with lots of freeroll feeder sats to the direct satellites which are now running five nights of each week.