Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I'ts not easy getting money from Kerrymen

I go to Killarney at least three times a year to play poker and in general find if very difficult to extract any money from the place myself. On the other hand Pat Storan whom I always go with has an excellent record down that way. As we generally swap a decent percentage, the petrol money usually gets covered at least.

It was nearly a similar story this trip. I went semi deep making the last five tables but in reality was never a factor. Pat on the other hand got himself in a great spot but unfortunately was coolered on the money and final table bubble for 33% of the total chips in play.

I played the side event but was messing a bit having a few beers, very enjoyable but inevitability no joy.

Connie always makes sure all the players needs are catered for and the Drumhall is a smashing spot for this type of festival. A 24 hour bar is a novelty, it was a bit like 'one flew over the coo coos nest' at about 4 am on Saturday night but all good fun really.

The turn out for the ' Lakes of Killarney ' main event was a bit disappointing in comparisons to recent years, but it was still a great weekend and the cash action seemed to hold up very well. Hopefully its down to peoples hesitancy to travel due to recent weather, as it really is a great weekends poker and deserves support.

Next up for me is the 'European Deep Stack' festival in Dublin the first weekend in February. I'm driving straight to the 2010 Ryder Cup venue, Celtic Manor for a weeks golf with the usual suspects after this and then onto Manchester for leg two of the UKIPT tour.

Monday, January 11, 2010

G G G Galway again

Travelled up to Galway last weekend for the Eglington Casino's party in honour of Misters Parkinson and Marrow. It's a long drive, especially in the current weather conditions, but was well worth it as I had a great weekend - mostly spent in McSwiggen's pub.

The tournaments at these regular parties are great value for the locals as everyone travelling seems to go to the pub before the game, return to pub at first break, then decide getting rid of their chips is the best option.

Pretty stupid as Friday's game was a €250 buy-in, but at least six of us did it Friday within 20 minutes of the post break restart. It was some craic in the pub though and fair play to Marty Smyth for giving everyone an interest in the Aussie Millions.

Saturday was the final of the Irish Poker Rankings. A single table where everyone started with different chip amounts equating to the amount of ranking points they accumulated over the year. There was an even more visible difference on view than the chip increments as the event started - those that were in the pub until four AM and those that weren't.

I was first out losing a race in level five. Dara O'Kearney went on to a well-deserved win, taking the €5,000 first prize.

This week has the third instalment of, 'The Lakes of Killarney' festival. This has a €550 main event and is always an excellent weekend. I've never cashed, so hoping to put that right come Sunday.