Qualifiers Now Online for PartyPoker.com Irish Poker Championship

    Mike Sexton and Elusive 1999 World Series Champion Noel Furlong Added
    to Line-Up

    GIBRALTAR, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - Exclusive online qualification for the
PartyPoker.com Irish Poker Championship 2008 is underway! The tournament will
be held at the fabulous Radisson Hotel & Spa, Galway, Ireland, from Jan 3 to
Jan 6, 2008. The PokerEvents.ie organized event is the first major sponsorship
in Ireland by PartyPoker.com and is Europe's first major tournament of 2008.


    The main online US$220 satellite is every Tuesday but lower buy-in
tournaments where entry into the main satellite can be won are available every
day of the week on PartyPoker.com. For every 25 players in the main satellite,
PartyPoker.com will provide one seat. Qualification for the US$5,000 package
starts at US$3.
    The EUR2,000 (9 percent withheld) buy-in is expected to attract 400
players from across Ireland, the UK, Europe and the United States and will be
recorded for six hour-long broadcasts on RTE, Ireland's national broadcaster
and distributed internationally. Amongst those who have indicated that they
will attend are `Ambassador of Poker' Mike Sexton, WSOP bracelet winners
Ciaran O'Leary and Michael Keiner, Padraig Parkinson, Scott Gray, Bruno
Fitoussi, Rehne Pederson And Jan S0rensen. 1999 World Series of Poker Main
Event winner Noel Furlong has also been coaxed out of retirement to take part!
    A spokesman for the event sponsors, PartyPoker.com, said: "We are
delighted that the tournament organizers have secured Noel Furlong's
participation. Imagine winning the WSOP Main Event, vanishing into thin air
and retiring from the game, exactly what Noel did! We expect him to run well
in the tournament as getting a read on him is likely to be very hard. There
will be very little television coverage that gives pointers to how he plays."
    Over 500 qualifying satellites are also being held in pubs and clubs
across Ireland.

    The schedule for the event is:

    Thursday 3rd January 2008

    - Super Satellite - EUR200 + EUR20

    Friday 4th January 2008

    - Main Event Day 1 - EUR2,000 (9 percent withheld) No Limit
    Hold'em Freezeout

    Saturday 5th January 2008

    - Main Event Day 2 - EUR2,000

    - Supporting Event - EUR800 + EUR80 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout

    Sunday 6th January 2008

    - Main Event Day 3 - EUR2,000

    - Supporting Event - EUR400 + EUR40 No Limit Hold'em Freezeout

    For more details on qualifiers see:

For further information:

For further information: Brendan Murray,
brendan.murray@pokermediaconsulting.com, Tel: +353-86-305-7469; Warren Lush
warrenl@partygaming.com Tel +353-3507-8700

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