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Irish News

|  Published: May 01, 2007

Simon Vegas bound

Simon Kelly, a popular player on the Dublin circuit, has left his employer Paradise Poker and is now planning a three-month "working holiday" in Las Vegas.

Poker Million ticket up for grabs
A satellite offering a much sought after Ladbrokes Poker Million ticket will take place at Cork's Macau Casino on Sat., June 9. The club can be contacted on: 0035321 4530477.

Police pull plug on Northern Ireland Poker Championships
The Northern Ireland Poker Championships, already subject to a venue change following the conviction of Sean Murphy regarding his Cavendish Club in Belfast and bizarrely due to be played in the republic, was cancelled at the eleventh hour.

Police arrived at the City North Hotel near Drogheda just prior to the scheduled start (on the Friday of St. Patrick's weekend) and warned the hotel owners that their license would be called into question should the £100,000-guaranteed tournament be held.

Despite the organiser [JPC Poker] offering to donate proceeds to charity, police would not move from their stance, and when attempts to find an accommodating Dublin site proved futile, the cancellation was announced to disappointed players, who were reimbursed their entry fee and an extra £100, representing the overlay they had been offered.

There was inevitable speculation that this game was targeted by the police in Northern Ireland, who had in turn contacted their colleagues in the south to prevent the game from proceeding.

Furthermore, the proposed Green Joker Poker Festival (May 25-27) could be in line for a venue change, as it too was planning on using the same venue.

Red Cow tournament is moved
The plug has been pulled on the €120 freezeout staged at the Red Cow Hotel (on the outskirts of Dublin) on Monday nights. The promoter, Irish Poker Events, is understood to be looking for an alternative venue.

Gutshot now all in
Irish-owned online poker site has been sold to, a division of the popular London poker club. spade