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.