€250,000 Guaranteed Ladbrokes.com Irish Poker Festival in October Launched by Boyzone Star Shane

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Boyzone star Shane Lynch, helped launch the Ladbrokes.com Irish Poker festival qualifications ahead of the bands planned 11 date UK tour. Shane, proved he's got game as he practiced his poker face playing in two specially laid on tournaments at The Brehon in Killarney alongside former Miss Cork Stephanie Barry. Last years €100,000 winner, Cork local, Jimmy McSweeney also took part in the fun launch tournament and will play in the Main Event later this year as defending champ. Qualifications to win seats are running online now at Ladbrokespoker.com and in card rooms across the country. A Ladbrokespoker.com spokesperson said "We're hoping that Shane will be able to find the time to play in the Main Event in October." The €500 + €50 poker tournament will be held at the INEC (Irish National Events Centre) in October (2nd - 4th).

Qualification is now underway for the 2009 Ladbrokes.com Irish Poker Festival which takes place in Killarney, Ireland in October (2nd - 4th). Last year the Main Event attracted a record-breaking 832, making it the largest European ranking event ever staged. The Festival will again be held at The INEC, Killarney, with the main event commencing on the Friday (2nd). There will again be a last-chance super-satellite to the Main Event, which will be held at the venue on the Thursday (1st).

The Ladbrokes.com Irish Poker Festival will also include two side tournaments, and throughout the festival duration, players will have exclusive access to Ladbrokes hospitality facilities, which includes a games room with pool, darts and other activities, available in between all the poker action.

Online qualifiers will win a €950 package, which includes €550 Main Event buy-in and three nights accommodation at the Gleneagle Hotel. This package is available exclusively through Ladbrokes Poker with satellites starting from €5.
Ladbrokes.com has again guaranteed a €250,000 prize pool, but we are anticipating that the volume of entries will be on a par with last years' event, generating a prize pool of €400,000 and a mouth watering first prize of €100,000.

The three-day Main Event is a brilliant introduction to live poker and a great short break away. Who could ask for more? It combines great poker, a beautiful destination and the chance to sample the renowned Ladbrokes Poker hospitality.

Nigel Blower, Head of Events and Promotions said: "We've created a tournament that offers players a €5,000 structure for a €500 buy-in, allowing all players irrespective of bankroll to show their Deep Stack skills. We feel that we've ticked all of the boxes taking into account key factors such as:

Price - The package covers three nights accommodation and the €500 + €50 Main Event buy-in. The total cost of the Ladbrokes.com Irish Poker Festival package wouldn't even cover the Buy-in of the majority of live tournaments currently run in and around Europe.

Duration - The timing and length of the event mean that the Festival is basically a long weekend away. The main event starts on a Friday and ends on a Sunday - this has been done to avoid clashes with work or family commitments.

Location - Killarney is synonymous with great Irish hospitality and that's what our players are going to get. The venue itself is Ireland's National Event Centre, at the heart of a vibrant hotel and leisure complex, 100's of tourist attractions and a great night-life associated with Irish music! Killarney is far enough away for most to warrant it being a great weekend away, but near enough to ensure a players journeys is only a couple of hours long.

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

Ladbrokespoker.com Irish Festival 2008 Payouts

First:        €100,000
Second:                         €65,000
Third:        €35,000
Fourth:        €25,000
Fifth:        €20,000
Sixth:        €15,000
Seventh:                         €12,000
Eighth:        €10,000

Total prize pool €416,000

Samantha Alleyne
Ladbrokes Press Office
0208 515 5440
07976 180 201

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