Poker for the Homeless March Madness raises €10,000

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Sold out team event won by Boylepoker, Noel Magner wins Sponsored Pro, and Damien Balfe wins €100 buy in game as Irish Open stars, TV personalities and a former Miss World pitch in for Europe's largest charity poker fundraiser

The Poker for the Homeless March Madness festival raised €10,000 for Dublin Simon over the weekend at the city's Jackpot Club as a host of celebrities pitched in to help the fundraisers who have now collected over €150,000 for Irish homeless charities in the last three years.

Former Miss World Rosanna Davison, broadcaster and journalist Eamon Dunphy, and snooker legend Ken Doherty launched the festival on Friday March 27. The first event, a €100 + €10 no-limit hold'em freezeout, which saw all registration fees go to the charity as well as 20 percent of the prize pool, was won by Damien Balfe. He took home €2,200.

Noel Magner won the Be Our Sponsored Pro event on Saturday evening to take home a $20,000 live poker event sponsorship package, while Team Boylepoker, comprising organisers Paul Spillane, Lisa Condon, and Ciaran Corbett as well as Multiplier Challenge man Peter Murphy, won Sunday's sold out team event.

Padraig Parkinson, ambassador for Poker for the Homeless, said, "It's fantastic to see such great support for this weekend as it continues to grow and we'd like to thank everyone who played and helped organise the weekend including the Jackpot Club without whose help none of it could have happened. Special thanks to the well-known faces who helped launch the event and well done to Team Boylepoker who not only got lucky sponsoring the festival but also winning the final event!"

The full results of the weekend were:

Individual event, Friday March 27. Buy in €100 + €10. 92 runners.

1st Damien Balfe €2,200
2nd Phlip Godkin €1,200
3rd Noel McMahon €910
4th Connor Sweeney €750
5th Steve Chambers €500
6th Eamonn "Daisy" O'Grady €500
7th Eamonn Connelly €500
8th Anto M €400
9th €400

Team poker event, Sunday March 29. Buy in €400 + 40 per team. 30 teams played.

1st Boylepoker €3,000
2nd Team Mafia €2,000
3rd DevilfishPoker €1,000

1st Dave Byrne €1,100
2nd Bridie Gribbin 700
3rd Nicolas Newport €600
4th Rob Taylor €500
5th Maurice Buckley 400
6th Veronique Gourdon €250
7th Pete Murphy €200
8th Paul Spillane €150
9th Rebecca McAdam €100

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