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Neil Channing Vol. 5, No. 6 Card Player Magazine

Welcome to the Irish Open, Mr. Channing. We Hope You Enjoy Your Stay...

by Nic Whelan

The Irish Open came of age in 2007 when it attracted the largest field in European history, but in 2008, it truly established itself as one of the biggest, brightest, and most enjoyable poker tournaments in the world. The €3 million-guaranteed prize pool attracted the ...

  • Genting Stanley National Poker Championships

    by Dave Brannan

    Circus Casino Manchester, Mint Casino Southend, and Circus Casino Nottingham were the venues hosting the first-ever Genting Stanley National Poker Championships, over five days, with £150,000 in prize money guaranteed. The £500 main event ...continued

  • Evolution of the European Poker Tour

    by Brendan Murray

    Just like Archimedes 2,000 years ago, John Duthie, founder of the European Poker Tour, had his moment of clarity in the bath. From that point, it took the acclaimed TV drama director just six months to get the project -- Europe's first ...continued

  • Phil Ivey Captures First World Poker Tour Victory

    by Lizzy Harrison

    The name Phil Ivey is synonymous with poker success. With $8.8 million in lifetime tournament winnings, five World Series of Poker bracelets, and a reputation as one of the fiercest competitors in any ultra high-stakes cash game, Ivey has rapidly ...continued

  • European Poker Goes From Strength to Strength

    by Brendan Murray

    As the European Poker Tour goes from strength -- a sellout field in San Remo, Italy, and a record number for the Grand Final in Monte Carlo -- and the Irish Open offering a €200,000 overlay, poker players have been spoilt for ...continued

  • The Inside Straight

    by CP The Inside Straight Authors

    Final Straight for European Poker Tour Season Four After 11 hours of play, 40-year-old German share trader Michael Schulze won the European Poker Tour Polish Open in Warsaw, seeing off 358 others on his way to taking down the $609,782 ...continued

  • UK News

    by Jennifer Mason

    'Bad Beat' at the Irish Open Neil "Bad Beat" Channing is one of UK poker's all-rounders. From playing cash with a near-permanent residency in London's Victoria Casino to writing articles for magazines and websites he has ...continued

  • Afghanistan News

    by Jason Straziuso

    The Kabul Gaming Board A percussive boom rattled the windows of Springfield's, Kabul's best pizza joint. All nine players around the table flipped open their phones and started dialing. "This is Billy Longo checking in. Do you have ...continued

  • Dutch News

    by Peter Dalhuijsen

    Dutch Senate Delivers a Bad Beat to Holland Casino Everything seemed set and ready to go on April 1. The software for Holland Casino online was already in place, waiting for the green light, the parliament had already approved the new gambling bill ...continued

  • Gibraltar News

    by Tristan Cano

    PartyGaming CEO to Go Gibraltar based online gaming firm PartyGaming announced recently to investors that revenue growth during the latter part of 2007 and early 2008 had been "disappointing." The firm also announced that it would shortly be ...continued

  • Irish News

    by Brendan Murray

    Irish Student Champion Crowned James Scullion, a computer science student from Queens University, Belfast won the recent 2008 Irish National Student Poker Championship. The event, sponsored by Devilfish Poker, attracted 278 runners from all over the ...continued

  • Industry News

    by Brendan Murray

    Betdaq Launches New Online Poker Room Betdaq, the Irish-based betting exchange owned by billionaire Manchester United and Celtic shareholder Dermot Desmond, has launched its new online poker room on the Scandinavian Entraction network (formerly ...continued

  • The Moment of Truth

    by Gus Hansen

    It might come as a complete surprise to you, but I am not a big fan of established truths, norms, and conventional thinking. Just because some people have been repeating something for years and years does not make it any more credible. Gamblers are ...continued

  • Bay 101, Bad Play, Bad Beat

    by Phil Hellmuth

    The World Poker Tour came to the Bay Area in early March, and I was fired up! First, the host casino -- Bay 101 in San Jose -- is in my backyard. And second, I had just made the final table of the WPT event in L.A. 10 days earlier. So, I was feeling ...continued

  • Great Expectations

    by Noel Hayes

    April 2008 will bring with it a new dawn in British horse racing. For the first time in 80 years, race goers in England will welcome the opening of a newly built racecourse, Great Leighs. Situated in Essex, Great Leighs has been built to exploit a ...continued

  • Poker Punt a Mug Bet

    by Roy Brindley

    Poker Punt a Mug Bet Bookmaker Paddy Power should be praised for pricing up so many markets during the Irish Open. The odds offered on main-event hopefuls can hardly be described as generous, but, in mitigation, its odds compiler held his hands high ...continued

  • Out of the Pub, Into the Casino

    by Dave Brannan

    At the start of the Nottingham Genting Stanley National Poker Championships, I was blown away by the support given by the Poker in the Pub players. We had 12 PITP players register for the £100 freezeout on Wednesday night, with a total of 84 ...continued

  • Groping the Elephant

    by David Downing

    There is an old Indian proverb about what happens when several blind men are confronted with an elephant. Each of them is given a part of the elephant to feel, and inasmuch as they are all given very different anatomical regions, they each decide on ...continued

  • Poker Nations Cup Diary

    by Warren Lush

    Sunday, April 6 -- 3 p.m. It is snowing in the UK, chaos reigns at Terminal 5 at Heathrow, and I arrive in Cardiff on the eve of the Poker Nations Cup five hours late. To add to the mix, Cardiff City confirms a historic place in the FA ...continued

  • Paddy's Corner

    by Padraig Parkinson

    History Repeats Itself In the carnival that was the Irish Open, you were liable to meet just about anybody connected to Irish poker. You didn't have to be playing this great event to join the party. I bumped into former Dublin Gaelic football star ...continued

  • The Begging Bowl

    by Lucy Rokach

    Once upon a time, I would get to the final table loaded up with chips, only to find myself besieged on all sides by players asking for a slice of the prize money. In those days (regardless of entry numbers), there were only three -- yes, three -- ...continued

  • Poker Authors Analyzed

    by Rolf Slotboom

    Editor's note: Former Card Player Europe Bureau Chief Rolf Slotboom has read just about every poker book available, and in this series of columns, he analyzes one poker strategist at a time. He looks at the strengths and weaknesses of both the ...continued

  • Spring Poker Festival Vienna

    by 'Mad Marty' Wilson

    With the poker calendar in March promising a European Poker Tour, Grosvenor UK Poker Tour, and Irish Open, I was on my way once again to the Spring Poker Festival in Vienna, which is now better known as the European Challenge. For the ...continued

  • Medium-Stakes Strategy: Bluffing

    by Daragh Thomas

    Bluffing is the element of poker that most differentiates it from other games. Without bluffing, poker would be a dull game, mainly a test of who could memorise tables of information. With the capability to bluff, poker transcends other lesser games ...continued