Ireland clashes with Great Britain in poker challenge

Ireland and Great Britain have a long history of clashes and wars, and now they've taken their fight to the felt. Eleven poker players from each country will compete against each other in the International Charity Heads-Up Council (ICHUC) tournament July 8 at the Fitzwilliam Card Club in Dublin, Ireland. The tournament will benefit Poker 4 Charity and One Percent Pledge.

The 22 poker faced warriors will go head-to-head over a variety of different games designed to test each country's skills. They'll play eight games of No-Limit Texas Hold'em, one Pot-Limit Omaha game, one Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo game, and one Pot-Limit Seven-Card Stud game.

Each team will consist of a captain, three players chosen by the charities, four players chosen by the captain, and three players who qualify through online tournaments. The teams must also have at least one female player.

Ireland's team captain is Mike Lacey, and heading up team Great Britain is James Dempsey. They will select the participants for the non-Hold'em events, and the participants for the No-Limit Hold'em games will be determined by random draw. No other team members have been announced yet.

The event will consist of a buy-in of €200 with the following split: €125 to be staked by each player on the result of their heads-up match; €50 to be added to the "team pool," the sum total of which will be awarded to the winning team; and €25 to the charity pool. The charity pool will be split equally between the two charities.

In conjunction with the heads-up challenges, there will be a low buy-in re-buy No-Limit Hold'em tournament also with a charity pool that will be split between Poker 4 Charity and One Percent Pledge.

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