Seventh Annual Irish Classic Poker Festival Returns to Cork this August

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Macau Sporting Club hosts €100,000 guaranteed three-day main event as part of popular week long summer festival; buy in reduced to €1,000 + €100.

The Macau Sporting Club, Cork, Ireland, today announced the launch of the seventh annual Irish Classic Poker Festival from Aug. 10 to 16, 2009. The main event is a €100,000 guaranteed €1,000 + €100 no limit hold'em tournament taking place over three days from Aug. 13.

The main event has a 15,000 chip starting stack with 75 minute blinds and the Macau Sporting Club is currently guaranteeing one ticket each Tuesday in its €50 + €5 one rebuy/one add on tournament and two tickets on the last Thursday of each month in its €100 + €10 one rebuy/one add on tournament. Super satellites for all events are running daily at the club.
Online satellites for the main event will be announced on a number of networks in the coming months and live satellites will take place across Ireland between now and the festival.

Last year Rob Taylor topped a record field of 169 which included Annette Obrestad, Michael Greco, Ian Woodley, Roy Brindley, Marty Smyth, Jeff Duval, Sylvester Geoghegan, and Mick McCloskey, collecting €46,000 and the title of Irish Poker Classic champion. This year over 200 players are expected to attend what has become one of the best poker festivals in Europe.

The full line up for the festival is:

Aug. 10     Mega super satellite no-limit hold'em freezeout        €100 + €10                
Aug. 11     Pot-limit Omaha €200 + €20 with 2 re-buys/1 re-buy and 1 Add-on at €100                                                
Aug. 11    Ladies event no-limit hold'em freezeout            €100 + €10
Aug. 12     Mega super satellite no-limit hold'em with 1 re-buy or 1 add-on at €50                                                €100 + €10
Aug. 13     Day 1A €100,000 guaranteed main event freezeout        €1,000 + €100
Aug. 14     Day 1B €100,000 guaranteed main event freezeout        €1,000 + €100
Aug. 15     Day 2 €100,000 guaranteed main event freezeout    
Aug. 15     €250 + €25 charity event no-limit Texas hold'em freezeout    €250 + €25
Aug. 16     Day 3 €100,000 guaranteed main event freezeout    
Aug. 16     €200 + €20 pub challenge no-limit Texas hold'em freezeout €200 + €20

Ken Corkery, tournament coordinator, said, "Last year saw record numbers at the festival, including overseas players, and with the reduced buy in this year designed to combat recessionary woes we're confident we can make the festival even bigger and better."

The Irish Classic Poker Festival is held in Macau Sporting Club, Ireland's largest gaming complex situated on the waterfront, a stone's throw from Cork city's finest bars and eateries with a state of art hotel and leisure centre right next door and casino's own M Lounge and Mint Restaurant, the casino is Europe's best kept secret.

Special accommodation rates have agreed with nearby hotels The Montenotte Hotel, Quality Hotel and Leisure Centre, Gresham Metropole Hotel, and the Clarion Hotel.

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