EPT Dublin kicks off tomorrow

Roland De Wolfe
Roland de Wolfe is the reigning EPT Dublin champion.

One of Europe's most prestigious poker tournaments is starting tomorrow and everybody playing is hoping to acquire the luck of the Irish, at least for the duration of the tournament.

The European Poker Tour is making its annual stop in Dublin, always one of the best events on the circuit.

Last year Roland de Wolfe outlasted 388 other players and beat David Tavernier in heads-up play to take home a monstrous €554,300. It was one of the biggest cashes of de Wolfe's storied poker career.

This year the festivities will be held at the Merrion Casino Club Royal Dublin Society running Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. New for this year is a larger buy-in, set at €7,700+€300, with enough space to accommodate 600 players.

Already scheduled to play in the event are Team PokerStars Pros Dario Minieri, Noah Boeken, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Luca Pagano and Katja Thater.

Dublin is of course Ireland's largest city and the republic's capital. Some of its most famous landmarks include the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and Dublin Castle.

This will be the fourth time the EPT has come to Dublin. Ram Vaswani won the tournament in the EPT Dublin's first season, while Mats Gavatin was victorious in the second one. The first prize has grown considerably each year - Vaswani only won €93,000 for his victory.

This year the tournament will also include Padraig Parkinson's annual Simon Community Charity tournament which starts at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3, just before the final table. One-third of the buy-in will go directly to Dublin's Simon Community for homeless people. Last year nearly €50,000 was raised for the charity.

PokerListings' very own Matt Showell will be on the scene to provide up-to-the-minute coverage of the prestigious event. Expect stellar interviews, insightful blogs and awe-inspiring photography. Check out our live tournament section here.

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