Poker Dispatches: Croatia, Ireland, India, Degrassi St.

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It’s a big poker world out there and we’re trying to cover as much of it as we can – particularly the places where we might not expect to find it.

This week we tracked down reports from Ireland, Croatia, India (again) and the most famous street in Canada – Degrassi Street.

There's also a bonus honorable mention for Mexico.

Croatia – Moneymaker Effect in Effect?

Croatia's known more for its most famous poker export (see Tatjana Pasalic) than for a burgeoning live poker scene in-country, but that changed a bit this week with the first-ever Eureka Poker Tour event in Zagreb.

The 800 buy-in tournament didn'€™t bring a ton of big names into the city, but it did bring one of the most prominent names ever: Chris Moneymaker.

And if there was ever a guy who could singlehandedly increase poker's presence in a country, it'€™s Moneymaker.

Croatian news site has its take here, including a recap of Moneymaker'€™s story and an upcoming charity tournament featuring Croatian athletes Zoran Primorac, Martina Zubcic, Danila Biric and former NBA player Gordon Giricek.

On a side note, who knew Croatia had a ladies poker team and a controversy over a tourism commercial featuring the butt of former Miss Croatia Jelena Glisic?

Ireland - Hold 'em, Fold 'em and Deal

Here's what most poker players are doing wrong: They'€™re not all living on the same street.

Three poker pros - Jude Ainsworth, Derek Murray and Fintan Gavin - who live in in the same neighborhood in Claregalway, Ireland, this week for their collective $6m (€4.2m) in winnings through live and online poker tournaments.

A coincidence mostly, Ainsworth says, but still:

"There must be something in the water in Claregalway¦ I don't think there are many places in the world outside of Las Vegas where you would have three successful poker players living so close to one another.€

They don't have the strategy sessions you might find among the young pros at Panorama Towers in Vegas, but Ainsworth and Murray did get their start playing home games together before finding online poker.

Gavin has the most recent notable score, winning the title and £61,500 at the latest stop on the UKIPT in Edinburgh this month.

India a€“ Go Mumbaikar Go

We weren't kidding around when we said India is on the cusp of a real poker boom.

Two more recent articles, from the Times of India and, have looked at India and poker a little closer and come to a similar conclusion.

It's still a few years away, and dependent on casino and gambling legislation in India getting an overhaul, but it'€™s definitely coming.

From CNNgo:

"Ask any Mumbaikar between the ages of 25 and 40 if he plays poker in India and you'€™ll be on the receiving end of a proud smile.

"He'€™ll talk about his regular game, his high-stakes game and the tournaments he's won. You'€™ll be convinced that the Indian poker boom has arrived. But has it?€

For any grinders looking for a tropical getaway and a soft tournament to play, check out the upcoming Poker Guru event in Goa.

Degrassi Street

You know poker has truly infiltrated the mainstream when it usurps abortion, drinking and driving and make-out parties as the elephant in the room on a recent episode of Canada's most famous television export, Degrassi.

Degrassi St. hasn't been the same since.

According to the episode summary:

"Alli is scary good at poker. But she's not just gambling cash anymore; she's gambling her relationship with Dave... and her future."

In one clip Alli debates the nuances of card counting v. being really good at poker with her rivals, who would prefer to argue with their fists.€

Even a fake shot of 2+2 shows up on the episode, which is really plumbing the depths of teenage fear mongering. No one wins if a teen gets trapped in an NVG photoshop spiral.

Honorable Mention: Mexico

Speaking of living in close proximity to other poker players, as soon as Shuan Deeb finds his passport he'€™s headed to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico to continue his online poker career.

Not that he needs it, but he could spend some time debating hands with fellow pro Jonathan Aguiar who has reportedly already made the move to Playa Del Carmen.

Adding in a bunch of other pros who have already moved to Mexico the Black Friday exodus of American players South of the border ... to work ... is starting to read like an Onion headline.

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INDIA POKER SERIES 2011-09-05 20:40:40

Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at CASINO ROYALE GOA

India Poker Series to hold IPS 8 under the aegis of Casino Royale Goa, which would be held from Thursday the 8th of Sept to Sunday the 11th of Sept 2011 at Casino Royale Goa.

Day 1

Thu 8th Sep '11 at 6 PM

6.5K Re-Entry Freeze Out with Flight to Main Event*


Day 2

Fri 9th Sep '11 at 6 PM

5K Re-Buy Tournament


Day 3

Sat 10th Sep '11 at 4 PM

15K Freeze-Out Tourney (MAIN EVENT)


Day 4

Sun 11th Sep '11 at 4 PM

10K Freeze-Out Tournament



For Enrollments please visit

“6.5K Re-Entry Freeze Out with Flight to Main Event Tournament”is a new concept devised by us at IPS. The Buy-In will be Rs 6.5K with an option to take One Re-Entry before Late Registrations close at end of Level 3. For every Rs 6.5K Entry, Rs 1.5K shall be put in a separate pool and ONE out of every 10 participant gets a Direct Entry into the Main Event which would be held on Saturday. It would start from the Position 1 for the day and follow after that. The remaining Rs 5K, shall be going into the days Prize Pool. Pay Out will be 90% of this amount. The Blind Structure and Levels to be followed shall be the same as for 5K Freeze Out.

For Enrollments please visit and LOG ON to the site using your User Id and Password. If you are not as yet a member of the site then please become a member. Then click on "Enroll for Forthcoming events" and mark your enrollment.


For blinds structure details visit our website
Enrollment would be done though our website
Enrollment is appreciated and helps your name to be put in the Guest List. Those who participate in the event would get access on board the Casino Royale Goa and the entry fee for the same of Rs 3,500 would be waived off as their names would be there in the Guest List.
Please reach the jetty a bit early as there is a rush to board the same by regular Casino guests and tourney players and feeder boats leave only at approx every 15 minutes interval.
Satellites commence 3 hours before tournament. Last turbo to start 90 minutes before close of Registrations while One Hand Satellites would be done till Registrations close. Late Registrations shall be done for Re-Buys and for Freeze Outs.
Satellites would be held subject to availability of dealers. Do appreciate our limitations as the same dealers would make you play the tourney all night.
Satellites would commence whenever there are 10 players ready. Please register your names for the same with our representative there.
All Satellites would either be Turbo Satellites or One Hand Satellites (Bolt).
Registrations close 30 minutes before start or when we have 90 players so we request you to be there on time to avoid disappointment.
One can register for all the days on the first day, if one wishes to do so. Please visit the Registration Desk for the same.

Please refer to our terms and conditions "Terms & Conditions".

For further queries please contact:-

Bharat Agarwalla +91 9836990000

Full schedule of India Poker Series - Chapter 8

Day 1 - Thu 8th Sep 2011 at 6 PM – 6.5K Re-Entry Freeze Out with Flight to Main Event Tournament

2:00 pm – Satellites and Registrations would commence.
5:30 pm - Registration closes for 6.5K Re-Entry Freeze Out with Flight to Main Event Tournament.
6:00 pm - 6.5K Re-Entry Freeze Out with Flight to Main Event Tournament begins.

Day 2 - Fri 9th Sep 2011 at 6 PM – 5K Re-Buy Tournament

2:00 pm – Satellites and Registrations would commence.
5:30 pm - Registration closes for 5K Re-Buy Tournament.
6:00 pm - 5K Re-Buy Tournament begins.

Day 3 - Sat 10th Sep 2011 at 4 PM – 15K Freeze-Out Tournament (MAIN EVENT)

1:00 pm – Satellites and Registrations would commence.
3:30 pm - Registration closes for 15K Freeze Out Tournament.
4:00 pm - 15K Freeze Out Tournament begins.

Day 4 - Sun 11th Sep 2011 at 4 PM – 10K Freeze-Out Tournament

1:00 pm – Satellites and registrations would commence.
3:30 pm - Registration closes for 10K Freeze Out Tournament.
4:00 pm - 10K Freeze Out Tournament begins.

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