A particular place
As I discussed in my final piece, Killarney has at all times occupied a particular place on the Irish poker calendar. This 12 months’s Irish Poker Tour (IPT) cease there was no completely different.
On a private entrance, it was a profitable outing as I made my first massive dwell remaining desk shortly, finally coming eighth within the Fundamental Occasion. I received’t dwell an excessive amount of on that, besides to say that one massive hand versus Alan “Large Al” Kelleher price me the possibility of a deeper run. Strategically, it was probably the most fascinating hand I’ve performed in a very long time and divided the opinions of gamers I requested, so I could return to it in a future piece.
there’s one thing significantly particular about Killarney
As a substitute, I wish to deal with the pageant as an expertise. It’s at all times nice to fulfill up with folks I solely see at dwell occasions, and there’s one thing significantly particular about Killarney on this regard. Let’s begin with a shoutout to the women…
Shane vs the women
The IPT lately appointed the favored Tanya Masters (a part of probably the most well-known household of Irish gamers, together with because it does father Ray, mom Marina, and Tanya’s brothers Dave and Graham) as a Group Professional, and Tanya has made it her mission to advertise women occasions. Killarney was the primary of those and was an enormous success, attracting 46 runners and a €7,990 ($8,431) prize pool.
Extra importantly, I can say with absolute certainty that it was by far the most effective women occasion I’ve ever seen when it comes to ambiance, with each participant feeling taken care of with prosecco and strawberries, and nice added prizes (together with a few of my books).
By far probably the most talked about and profitable added prize, nonetheless, was the bounty the one man to enter, Shane Keary, placed on his personal head to make the women really feel much less aggrieved at his bare-faced cheek. Driving excessive on the profitable IPT leaderboard and subsequently chasing leaderboard factors, Shane proved extra brazen than his male rivals who declined to enter the occasion.
he introduced that any additional donations would go to Marymount Hospice
Males getting into women occasions tends to spark controversy, however this time Shane’s enjoyable presence on the desk, to not point out his tendency to warn his feminine opponents when he had a really massive hand, and the massive bounty he organized by hassling onlookers to chip in, ensured that his presence was seen as a constructive. As soon as the bounty on his head had reached €1,000 ($1,055), he introduced that any additional donations would go to Marymount Hospice, which meant that not solely did Liz Kelly win the €1,000 when she busted him, however the Hospice benefited to the tune of €400 ($422).
When requested for a quote by the IPT’s Ferdia about his expertise, Shane stated:
“Jaysus, Ferdia simply make one thing up that makes me sound like a extremely good feminist.”
Women have their say
The winner of the women’ occasion, Irish legend Willow Connolly, was over the moon, telling the story of her son contacting Tanya from Australia to purchase her into this occasion as a birthday current.
The occasion additionally boasted some worldwide star energy within the type of my nice pal Alex O’Brien, creator of the upcoming sure bestseller The Fact Detective, accessible for pre-order. Alex had this to say in regards to the occasion:
Alex O’Brien: “What can I say, it was such a pleasure enjoying in Killarney! The Irish Poker Tour placed on yet one more unbelievable occasion – the room was buzzing and the ambiance crammed with laughter and nice spirit! I’m so completely satisfied I made the trip- and I can’t wait to come back again.”
After the success of the occasion, I spoke to Tanya. First, I requested her what it meant to her to be appointed to the function by the IPT:
Tanya Masters: “I approached Fintan just a few months in the past about having a women sport in Killarney and he stated he liked the thought sufficient to go together with it and will I host it. A month later I used to be requested to affix Group Professional: I used to be over the moon so my subsequent goal is to turn out to be a Woman Ambassador.”
Women Occasion winner Willow Connolly (heart) celebrates with Tanya Masters and her fellow gamers.
Subsequent, I requested her how she went in regards to the activity of creating it such an enormous success:
Tanya Masters: “I simply put the phrase on the market that the IPT are enjoyable and pleasant video games with a terrific poker group. So I believed how enjoyable a women sport can be too. I ran competitions on my social pages and requested Paddy Energy to run satellites on-line for €10 ($10.55) and any of the web qualifiers received a merchandise bag too. I received a few of your books for spot prizes and bottles of gin for an all-in or fold sport simply after the primary break for a little bit of enjoyable.
I additionally had one man register Shane Keary and we received a bounty of €1,400 ($1,477) on his head. I organized for the resort to supply us with Prosecco and strawberries all funded by Irish Poker Tour and received containers of sweets to maintain us candy. I used to be additionally excited to listen to that Writer Alex O Brien was becoming a member of the sport and she or he introduced a bounty of 5 superb books.
Alex introduced nice power to the tables and I can’t await her to affix me in my subsequent sport in The Intercontinental Resort on the 4th November at 2pm. I simply wish to create a enjoyable power for the women sport. I hope I can entice extra women to the tables and to know that we help one another and to point out them how The IPT video games are the most effective round to play as everybody seems to be out for one another. Willow, the poker queen, received the sport which was funded by her son Keith in Australia who contacted me just a few months again to pay her into the sport. I additionally picked up a field of sweets and gave her a hug to let her know he was considering of her.
Til the subsequent sport women: I sit up for it.”
Paddy Energy was very beneficiant too giving me a €1,200 ($1,266) Galway bundle on prime of the prize pool and a few merchandise to present to the women. I used to be simply so completely satisfied that everybody had a good time as that was all that mattered to me. Til the subsequent sport women: I sit up for it.”
As talked about, Tanya is working one other women occasion within the Intercontinental Resort Dublin as a part of the inaugural Irish Poker Competition. The buy-in is €220+€30 ($232+$32) and it guarantees to be one other absolute blast.
The Fundamental Occasion
The Fundamental attracted a area of 848 entries, smashing the assure with a prize pool of €441,893 ($466,522).
The ultimate desk was an fascinating mixture of promising up-and-comers and seasoned old-timers. Other than myself, the oldies included the legend that’s Bobby Willis, perennial Irish reg Alan “Large Al” Kelleher, Tony “THEPIRAT” Rafter, and Northern crusher Tomas Flanagan who was the one to bust the FT earlier than me. The brand new youngsters included eventual winner Jamie “JAMFLY” Flynn, who has damaged out dwell for the reason that pandemic, and the person he bested for the win, Niall McAree. Then, there have been additionally a few enthusiastic and expert recreationals within the type of native restauranteur Sandro Taddei and the favored Tadhg Conway, each of whom scored their greatest ever dwell money within the occasion.
Jamie “JAMFLY” Flynn raises the Killarney Fundamental Occasion trophy after bagging himself €70,000 ($73,886).
McAree made waves by chopping the Paddy Energy Sole Survivor final 12 months in a 3-way deal, however this 12 months he outdid himself. Niall’s journey culminated in a exceptional 2nd place end at this 12 months’s pageant Fundamental Occasion incomes him a formidable €63,000 ($66,497) to go on prime of his Paddy Energy Sole Survivor prize cash.
Retaining prospects completely satisfied
The important thing to the continued success of the Irish Poker Tour goes the additional mile to maintain their gamers completely satisfied. I’ve heard numerous tales of this, however I’ll share one among these as a pattern, from Shane Cawley who messaged me on Twitter after the occasion:
Shane Cawley: “I simply see that you could be be doing a Killarney assessment. I traveled all the way down to play the Omaha 200 on Friday, sadly, there was no capability, so hopped into the 300 Killarney Cup. Nice craic, made Day 2 and received lumped out early!
A couple of of us requested for 8 sport combined, and the ground and the sellers accommodated us”
My level is that we had been craving some sport outdoors of Maintain’em, the Omaha money sport was the most effective wager, which was grand. A couple of of us requested for 8 sport combined, and the ground and the sellers accommodated us late on Saturday morning. It was class!
Actually nice enjoyable, and the sellers that took on the sport had been on one other degree! I simply needed to say it right here, with the final word hope that blend or hello/lo video games would possibly get some extra consideration for membership tourneys or money video games!”