UKIPT Dublin: Looking for a profitable RoI in the RoI
There's always something special about an event in Ireland. The hospitality, fueled by the local brew, Guinness, and the enthusiasm of the locals makes for several days of
hangovers intense fun. But while the camaraderie is high and the jokes are flying, no-one actually forgets the real reason they are here: to make some serious money at the poker tables.
The PokerStars UKIPT has got off to a flying start in this, its debut season, and the two previous stops in Ireland, in Galway and Killarney, have been roaring successes. Now it's the turn of the capital, Dublin, to host what we expect to be up to 500 runners, each forking out €500 for their shot at the title. Having said that, around 150 of them have won their seats online at PokerStars for much less. For them, their RoI (return on investment) in the RoI (Republic of Ireland) could be very impressive indeed.
We have Day 1 today, followed quite logically by Day 2 tomorrow, Day 3 on Saturday and our final table on Sunday. While today begins at 4pm, all others will start at 1pm.
Winning this thing will be no easy task. Sitting down to play at the Burlington Hotel are the likes of Team PokerStars Pros JP Kelly, Vanessa Rousso, Jude Ainsworth and Julian Thew. Spotted playing WCOOP last night after the PokerStars party was Dan 'Lenny' Heimiller, while 'Miami John' Cernuto has also been seen stalking the corridors. Playing, too, are former Ireland international footballer Tony Cascarino, former snooker world champion Ken Doherty, and Reggie Corrigan, the former Ireland rugby international. Add to that a host of fine circuit players from Ireland and the UK, and we've got ourselves a top field.
We've still got an hour to allow the effects of last night's Guinness to wear off, and then we'll be down to business. Full updates, plus chip counts, will be right here on the PokerStars Blog.
In the meantime, you can take in some of the sights and sounds from Dublin thanks to our video team...