Belated Happy New Year to Boylepoker blog readers. The Christmas period went very well for me with Silviniaco Conti being a particular Highlight on Stephens Day.
It was good to start the New Year with a poker festival in Galway again. The buy in for the Irish Poker Championship (IPC) may have dropped off considerably but you could gauge from the quality of field that the title is still held in high regard for Irish players.
There had always been something special about the festivals held at January in the Radisson Galway and this was a cracking weekend’s poker and partying. I even managed to get in a nice Sushi dinner with the boss.
The two main events were the Galway Cup and the IPC. Both events had over had over 250 players which has to be considered a successful attendance.
Not much to report on my own performances. An early boots cracked exit in the cup and losing a race to Rory Brown just inside the 100 player mark in the IPC.
It was a different story for my roommate Paul ‘cookie jar’ Carr who had a great festival. Firstly he made a great run at the Cup amassing a huge stack but it all went wrong two tables out eventually finishing 17th. Paul showed great resilience, dusted off the disappointment and within an hour of the IPC had again put a big tank together.
It was a different story this time round as Paul carried the chips right through to a deal four handed which saw him take the title and lion’s share of the prize pool. It was a hugely popular and well deserved victory for Limericks most celebrated poker player. Hopefully the start of a great year for Paul.
I’m happy to have the golf back as I do just love viewing it. This week is the first real big tournament of the year, an event held on a fantastic course in Abu Dhabi that always attracts a strong field.
You’re always punting a bit blind here it being so early in the season but the 16/1 Kaymer is definitely worth a small poke. He has a record second to none in the event, so has proven he can turn up here with his game in top order and has been as low as 6/1 favourite to win here in the past pre-tournament. As I said only a small poke but 16/1 will do for me, I’ll also have shrapnel bets on Dubuisson 40s and Karlsson 66s.