GIBRALTAR, December 27 /PRNewswire/ -- is pleased to release odds for the Irish Poker Championship, Europe's first major tournament of 2008. The tournament will be held at the fabulous Radisson Hotel & Spa, Galway, Ireland, from Jan 4 to Jan 6, 2008. The organized event is the first major sponsorship in Ireland by

A spokesman for said: "Early money has come for Joe Beevers and Julian Gardner but that's no surprise considering both made the final of Poker Million and are seen to be in form. Others seen as frontrunners by the bookmakers include Bruno Fitoussi, Roy Brindley and Marcel Luske."

"Those with names and reputations in the poker world are bound to attract interest but we are certainly looking out for movers in the market from the big pool of local players and top online qualifiers."

The EUR2,000 (9 percent withheld) buy-in is expected to produce a prize pool between EUR500,000 and EUR1,000,000 and coverage will be recorded for six hour-long broadcasts on RTÉ, Ireland's national broadcaster, and distributed internationally. Amongst the pros who have indicated they will attend are 'Ambassador of Poker' Mike Sexton (25/1), 1999 WSOP Main Event Winner Noel Furlong (33/1), 'Flying Dutchman' Marcel Luske (25/1), WSOP bracelet winners Ciaran O'Leary (33/1) and Michael Keiner (33/1), Padraig Parkinson (33/1), Robert Williamson III (25/1), Jon Kalmar (33/1), Scott Gray (33/1), Bruno Fitoussi (25/1), Jan Sørensen (25/1), Roy Brindley (25/1), Joe Beevers (33/1), Mad Marty Wilson (50/1), Julian Gardner (25/1), Katharine Hartree (50/1), Jeff Duvall (33/1), Alan Vinson (50/1), Steve Wong (33/1), Rory Liffey (33/1) and Ben Vinson (50/1).

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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 is a popular new member of PartyGaming Plc's growing suite of online games that includes,,,, and

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