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Newsletter: Volume 3 - Issue 44 News

Irish Open 2012

There’s just something about Dublin, Ireland that just keeps pulling us and other poker players from around the world right back!

It has to be combination of culture, history, parting vibes and of course the exhilarating poker action!

Now we are all gearing up to head back for The Irish Open, a live no-limit hold’em tournament that will run from April 6th – April 9th, 2012 at the Burlington Hotel and of course SunPoker wants you to come along!

We’re offering 2 different packages; the first - a €4,600 Full Event Packages that includes:

  • €3,200 + €300 Buy-in to the Main Event.
  • €395 for 5 nights’ accommodation and breakfast at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, April 5th – April 10th, 2012.
  • €50 for handling fees.
  • €655 for flights and spending.

Satellites have already for as low as €11 with buy in’s to final table set at €200+€15 Freezeout running every Sunday at 21:00 GMT.

First Super Satellite awarding the first Full Event Package is this Sunday, November 6th, 2011 at 21:00 GMT

The Second package up for grabs is a €3,500 Irish Open Main Event table buy-in.

We’ll start running Satellites for this package on November 24th for as low as €5.50!

Whether it’s the luck of the Irish or the Guinness that keeps us heading back to Dublin we’re not sure, nor are we bothered by it!


Tournament News

European Football League

SunPoker European Football league has been well on its way and the poke players soccer prediction skills have been put to the test as everyone wants a bite of $30,000.00 in hard cold cash that comes along with this league!

Participating is simple, just register through the special “no play” SNG in the lobby at anytime and play your favorite tournament or cash tables during the qualification period of each match – earn tokens and make your soccer predictions.

Make the right prediction and for every bet you make, you will win cash prizes based on your finishing position and the result of the match. It is a win-win situation, no matter if you won the bet or not, or if you won the hand or not.

Set your strikers in position as this is one promotion you’ll be scoring goals in more ways than one!

Poker Around the World


Irish Winter Festival Winner

The Irish Winter Festival came to a close with John Keown taking down the €1,000 + €100 main event, the Irish Masters, for a nice payday of €100,000.

The three-day event drew 395 players to the Burlington Hotel in Dublin for what turned out to be an intense roller-coaster ride filled with highs and lows. Play peaked when northern Irish player Keown was first crowned the 2011 IWF Sole Survivor after outlasting all other qualifiers, and then went on to stare down southern Irishman Noel O’Brien for the last stand.

The battle of north versus south lasted just over an hour and started with O’Brien in the lead but ended with Keown as champ. After some swings to and fro, Keown eventually crippled O’Brien in a hand where he raised to 500,000 on a flop of 5 4 3 and O’Brien moved all in with 8 3. Keown called with Q 7 and hit the 9 on the turn for the flush. O’Brien did manage to make a comeback, doubling up twice straight away, but it wasn’t third time lucky when Keown’s A 5 beat O’Brien’s K 6 to make him this year’s winner.

Keown received the €20,000 Sole Survivor package made up of 50 percent cash and 50 percent tournament buy-ins, on top of his first-place prize winnings. O’Brien complimented Keown and left with his head held high and his pockets weighed down with €57,950 for second place.

Before the two faced off, the last day had to lose three players to get to its final table.

Here are the final table payouts and results (plus the remaining day three starters):

1. John Keown €100,000
2. Noel O’Brien €57,950
3. Chris Dowling €35,750
4. Matej Kokalj €28,750
5. Michael Mazilu €22,750
6. Brian Warren €18,550
7. Damien Quinlivan €14,400
8. Ville Salmi €11,750
9. Colm Hayes €8,700
10. Robert Jones €5,800
11. Niall Smyth €5,800
12. Keith Maguire €5,800

After his victory John Keown said, “It was a bit of a battle, but I think we’re both gambling men – I’ve known Noel a long time and we’ve had our wars over the years – we were both going to gamble and I came out on top. Poker’s a funny game, you can be so far in front, but it only takes one card to do the damage.”

Congratulations to John Keown!

Message from the CEO

This weeks issue was all about the Irish, but up coming issues is going to be all about SunPoker turning 11 years old! Be sure to stay tuned for the exciting 11 year anniversary issue!

Message from the CEO
$1,000.00 New Depositors Tournament

No matter when you’ve registered with SunPoker, if October was your first month making a real money deposit into your account, then you’re eligible to take part in this Sunday’s $1,000 New Depositors Tournament

Your exclusive tournament is set to start at 18:00 Sever Time on Sunday November 6th with a buy in of only $1 or 1000 SunPoints where the top 10 finishers will share the $1000 Prize pool.

Place Payout
1st $325.00
2nd $200.00
3rd $125.00
4th $80.00
5th $70.00
6th $60.00
7th $50.00
8th $40.00
9th $30.00
10th $20.00

This just in!
We recognize that Octobers New Depositors tournament was delayed and have therefore extended the invitation to our September New Depositors also! Be sure to check your email for your exclusive invitation!

Registration is now open and can be found in the SunPoker lobby under Tournaments! Best of luck and welcome once again to




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