Dublin hosting charity tournament with EPT event

Padraig Parkinson
Padraig Parkinson helped organize the Simon Poker Charity Tournament.

As Dublin plays host to the European Poker Tour this week, it will soon take on the Simon Poker Charity Tournament as well. The event will take place Saturday before the final table of the EPT event.

Last year more than 200 players along with corporate and private donors raised nearly €50,000 for Dublin Simon Community. The organization provides outreach and services to the homeless in Dublin.

"The event was a massive success last year and many thanks to John Duthie from the EPT and Charles Harbourne from the Merrion Casino Club for this wonderful gesture," said Padraig Parkinson, spokesman for the players organizing the game.

"It's a great opportunity for players to sit down, have some craic, and play with some of the biggest names in the game without having to take out a bank loan."

The buy-in is €300, plus a €30 registration fee, with €100 going directly to Simon Dublin and the remaining going into the prize pool.

Last year Jesse May, Julian Gardner, "Mad" Marty Wilson, Dave Colclough, Nick Leeson and others showed up to play in the charity event.

Snooker legends Steve Davis and Ken Doherty are already signed on to play in this year's event.

Last year's winner, former World Champion Noel Furlong, will return to defend his title.

Furlong and Wilson will also team together to run the charity auction in conjunction with the tournament.

Adding more incentive for attendees, the European Poker Tour has donated a seat to its Monte Carlo event. The seat is worth €10,600.

"This is astounding generosity from John Duthie - we just need to figure out how best to use it now to help the homeless!" Parkinson said.

Duthie, EPT CEO, said the EPT was delighted to be associated with the tournament and that he looked forward to playing in the tournament himself.

"I was happy to help out," he said. "It was either that or listen to Padraig incessantly for the next month. This should shut him up, and he can focus his attention on organizing a tournament we're all really looking forward to."

Other organizations such as 888, which runs Pacific Poker, as well as PokerStars, Ladbrokes Poker and Paddy Power Poker have made contributions toward the event too.

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