EPT Dublin charity event set to reach €100K

Padraig Parkinson
Padraig Parkinson is one of the Simon Poker Day organizers.

PartyPoker has donated a $2,000 Irish Poker Championship seat to the Simon Poker Day, which will be held during the European Poker Tour event in Dublin Oct. 30 - Nov. 3.

The purpose of the Simon Poker Day is to aid the homeless. A €330 poker tournament will be played on Nov. 3, with €100 going directly to homeless charity Simon Dublin, and the remaining €230 going into the prize pool.

Last year, over 200 players along with corporate and private donors raised just under €50,000, and this year, the organizers are hoping to double that amount.

"It's fantastic that PartyPoker have joined the... erm... party with their Irish Poker Championship seat donation and along with John Duthie's generous EPT Monte Carlo seat giveaway we have a real headache now: how do we maximize the value of the donations?" said Padraig Parkinson, one of the organizers of the event.

"I'm confident the players in Dublin won't let us down as we aim for our target of €100,000."

A number of sports stars have signed up to play in the tournament, including snooker players Steve Davis, Ken Doherty and John Higgins, and soccer player Tony Cascarino.

There will be some top-class poker players in the event as well. 1999 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion Noel Furlong won the Simon Poker Tournament last year, and he will be back to defend his title.

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