Leading Players Line-Up for €250,000 Guaranteed Ladbrokespoker.com Irish Poker Festival

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Omaha World Champion Marty Smyth, snooker stars Steve Davis and Mark Williams, and At The Races presenter Matt Chapman preparing for €250,000 for Ladbrokespoker.com Irish Poker Festival; Qualify from $5.

Leading poker players and celebrities are lining up to take part in the €250,000 guaranteed Irish Poker Festival in the picturesque city of Killarney, Ireland from October 2nd - 5th, 2008 (main event 3rd-5th October).

Marty Smyth, the current Pot-Limit Omaha World Champion and recent World Open winner will be playing the €550 buy-in European ranking main event. Smyth, who began his career at Ladbrokes Poker and plays under the name 'Macedonia', also landed last year's Irish Open and finished runner-up in the Poker Million netting a haul of $2.5 million in the process. He will be a hot favourite among the likely sell out field of 625 players.

He is likely to be joined by former snooker legends Steve Davis and Mark Williams. The pair, who between them have won eight World Snooker Championships, plan to dash back from the China Open.

Another colourful confirmation comes in the form of Matt Chapman, the effervescent presenter on At The Races television. Chapman, who is likely to feature at the opposite end of the betting market to Marty Smyth, and will be previewing the weekend's big racing action which includes the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Cambridgeshire, said, "I'm looking forward to the craic in Killarney, I love the people, I love the place, and I love the Guinness which is just as well as my poker skills, or lack of them, means I'm likely to be spending plenty of time in the players' lounge drinking it!"

The event is being filmed for documentary broadcast on Irish terrestrial TV station TG4 and for subsequent distribution to networks around the world. A web stream of the documentary will also be available on Ladbrokespoker.com.

The Irish Poker Festival is set to attract in excess of 600 of Europe's leading poker aficionados to the Gleneagles INEC Hotel, Killarney. The Festival will also host a €300 no-limit hold'em freezeout supporting event on Saturday October 4 and a €170 no-limit freezeout game on Sunday October 5.

Qualify and Register Now

Players can qualify for the event every Monday at 7.30 p.m. (GMT) at Ladbrokespoker.com in $137.50 weekly satellite finals with one package for every $1,250 in the prize pool. The package includes the main event buy-in, and 2 nights B&B for two people at the Gleneagle Hotel.

There are regular super-satellites into the daily finals for as little as $5 and the daily finals, which feed into the weekly final, have a $33 buy-in. They are held between Tuesday and Sunday at 7.30 p.m. GMT.

Players can also pre-register for the €550 main event online 24/7 at Ladbrokespoker.com by visiting the MTT section of the lobby and go to offline events and click on the Ladbrokes Irish Poker Festival tab.

Additionally over 150 seats will be won in super satellites at card rooms throughout Ireland up to, and including, the super-satellite held at the venue on October 2.

Full details of the festival can be found at http://www.ladbrokespoker.com/killarneyfestival and information on the latest satellites can be found in the lobby under MTT/Offline Events/Ladbrokes Irish Festival.

The Festival will also provide players with a wide variety of STTs and Ladbrokes will help them relax in the Ladbrokes Poker Lounge which will host a games room with snooker, pool, darts, and other activities for all players to enjoy.

For further details visit http://www.ladbrokespoker.com/killarneyfestival or contact our Events Team on +44 1372 277 722 or via email at irishfestival @ ladbrokespoker.com.

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