Archive for May, 2008

WSOP bracelet winner Ciaran O’Leary Gets Poker Sponsership from Irish Bookie proud to announce signing of ‘Big C’, one of Ireland’s top poker players has announced the signing of popular poker professional Ciaran ‘Big C’ O’Leary as brand ambassador and public face of the poker room and will represent it in various tournaments worldwide, including the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2008, the Irish Winter Festival 2008 and the Irish Open 2009. O’Leary captured a coveted WSOP bracelet and $727,012 at the $1,500 NLH Event 3 of the WSOP 2007.

“I have never been so excited to ‘get into bed’ with another man”, said Paddy Power, Communications Manager for “Ciaran is the perfect choice to act as the face of; he is one of Ireland’s best players, he is popular on and off the tables and he is always up for a bit of fun – just like us!”

The website now includes a ‘Big C’ section, which includes O’Leary’s blog, tutorial and strategy sections and will serve as a place to follow his progress throughout the poker world. “I’m thrilled to have signed with and to have the opportunity to represent them live and online”, said O’Leary. “To be honest, signing with Paddy Power made the most sense to me; they’re a company after my own heart. Not only is the poker software and range of games top notch, but they’re known as the most fun and friendly room around; I wouldn’t be involved with anything less!”

Who will win the 2008 World Series of Poker?

PaddyPower, Ireland’s largest bookmaker offers unique money-back special on “To Make the Final Table” market has launched a variety of betting markets on the most important poker tournament in the annual calendar, the 2008 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event in Las Vegas, including “To Make The Final Table “, “Number of Entrants “, “Top English Player “, “Top Irish Player “, “Top Internet Pro ” and “Age of Winner ” markets.

The biggest stars in the poker galaxy will compete alongside thousands of amateurs at the Main Event, which is scheduled to begin on July 3rd and play down to the final table of 9 players on July 14th. At this point play will be suspended until early November, when the final table will be played out on live television.

In a move that typifies its punter-friendly approach, the bookmaker is offering a money-back special on the “To Make the Final Table” market; will refund all losing bets in this market if any Irish player reaches the final table. With frequent final table appearances by Irish poker players over the past 20 years, this special should prove particularly appealing to the punters.

Defending champion Jerry Yang is available at 300/1 and 2006 champion Jamie Gold is available at 200/1, while some of the world’s most famous players, including Gavin Griffin, Phil Ivey, Patrick Antonius and Gus Hansen, make up an elite group of professionals available at 100/1.

WSOP $10,000 Main Event – To Make the Final Table* – selected odds
Daniel Negreanu 100/1
Allen Cunningham 100/1
Erik Seidel 125/1
Chris Ferguson 125/1
Tony G 150/1
Doyle Brunson 150/1
Jennifer Tilly 300/1

The “Top Irish Player” market will be hotly contested as usual, with Ireland’s top players competing to be the 2nd Irishman (after Noel Furlong) to take home a Main Event bracelet. A collection of the top players on the island makes up the leading group available at 22/1.

WSOP $10,000 Main Event – Top Irish Player* – selected odds
Andy Black 22/1
Ciaran O’Leary 22/1
Marty Smyth 22/1
Roy Brindley 28/1
Padraig Parkinson 35/1
Ken Powell 66/1

The “Top English Player” market is as hard to call as the Irish market, with an especially strong collection of English players expected to compete at the 2008 WSOP Main Event. Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott is one of the three favorites available at 50/1, with Dave Colclough available at 100/1.

WSOP $10,000 Main Event – Top English Player* – selected odds
Ram Vaswani 50/1
Roland De Wolfe 50/1
Neil Channing 66/1
Jon Kalmar 80/1
Barney Boatman 100/1
Victoria Coren 200/1

*Odds are subject to change. The full list of 2008 World Series of Poker Bets can be found at

ECOOP Reminder & New Pro Tip Bankroll Management


$3.6 Million ECOOP II

The biggest poker tournament festival that Blue Square Poker has ever seen kicks off tomorrow night and runs for a total of 10 events.

Click Here for full schedule.

As an exclusive offer for Blue Square Poker players, we will also be running a special playoff event after the festival for all players who enter at least 4 of the 10 available events.

The winner of this Playoff will win a £1000 + £60 entry to a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour event of their choice! So make sure you are involved in as many events as possible by taking part in the feeder tournaments running around the clock.

Pro Tip – Bankroll Management

Blue Square sponsored player Karl Mahrenholz is an experienced poker professional with numerous successes both live and online in the poker world. Additionally, his former career as a city trader gives him a sound grounding in what it takes to successfully manage your finances and guard against going broke! Karl’s latest article focuses on Bankroll Management and discusses some important general concepts regarding how much money you should be setting aside to play with, as well as detailing a selection of top tips to keep your poker balance looking healthy at all times. Click Here to read the full article, including links to previous tips from the Blue Square Sponsored Players Team.

Karl Mahrenholz Return of the $10k

Back in January we ran the inaugural $10k Challenge promotion where Alex ‘nikinblinds’ Martin overcame a tough table of online veterans to win his $4,000 share of the $10,000 Prize Pool at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London.

We will be repeating the successful format in June with another 9 places up for grabs in the live Playoff Final alongside one of our team of Sponsored Pros. Look out for full details in our email next week or take a look at the promotions section of our website for a sneak preview!

Good luck at the tables!


Jamie Reeve

Poker Operations Manager

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Seven days of $777 freerolls to celebrate the sizzling start to the summer today announces the Summer Sizzler promotion, which delivers a full week of $777 freerolls starting on Monday, May 19th. The No Limit Hold’em tournaments are open to all players.

The Summer Sizzler freerolls are scheduled daily at 9pm and will run for a full week (May 19 – May 25). Players can register for the tournament one hour before play commences and as great interest is expected and tournament capacity is limited to 500 maximum, players are urged to register early.

“With the sunny weather we’ve enjoyed over the past few weeks, it’s clear that the summer has well-and-truly arrived”, said Paddy Power, Communications Manager for “We’re going to celebrate the start of our favourite season by giving our players some dosh; what better way to enjoy this time of year than with some extra money in your pocket for beers, barbeques and bikinis!”

All tournaments can be accessed via the poker software lobby; select ‘Scheduled Tournaments’ and either ‘All Scheduled’, ‘Satellites’, ‘Freerolls’ or ‘Beginners’ as required.

Paradise poker WSOP package qualifier

Fancy being at the WSOP?
If you would like to be in Vegas for the most extravagant poker festival on the planet then ParadisePoker is your best ticket to get into the action. In addition to the satellites, throughout May and June ParadisePoker are giving their players the chance to get their hands on 7 WSOP packages of different values in time for the main event. There are a number of ways you can qualify including their Last Chance tournament so if you’ve left it late to get yourself a seat make sure you make ParadisePoker your number one destination.
For more information visit Paradisepoker Promotions

Paddy Power Million Euro Poker Tournament

Irish Masters to headline Irish Winter Festival of Poker
€1 Million estimated prizepool for October Bank Holiday Tournament, which will take place the 25th to 27th October 2008. The festival will be headlined by the Irish Masters (a tournament with an estimated prizepool of €1,000,000) and also feature two one-day side event tournaments.

The Irish Masters is a €1,500 + €150 buy-in No Limit Hold’em freezeout tournament with a capacity for 800 players and will take place in Citywest Hotel, the home of the 2008 Irish Open. Starting on Saturday October 25th and running for three days, the tournament will pit the cream of the Irish poker community versus the best the rest of the world has to offer.

The side event tournaments will consist of a €200 + €20 buy-in No Limit Hold’em rebuy tournament (with rebuys available for 90 minutes) on Sunday October 26th and a €500 + €50 buy-in No Limit Hold’em freezeout tournament on Monday October 27th.

“We are very excited to confirm our sponsorship of the 8th annual Irish Winter Festival of Poker”, said Paddy Power, Communications Manager for “We are building on the back of a successful Irish Open and will spare no effort in making the Irish Masters a ‘poker player’s tournament’, well structured and accessible to both local and international players. Pints, a party atmosphere and lots of poker; what else could anyone ask for!”

Weekly super satellites ($200 + $20 freezeouts) to the Irish Masters start online at on Sunday April 13th, with daily qualifiers ($15 + $1.50 rebuys) at 2pm and 8pm to the Sunday super satellites. The $3,500 Irish Winter Festival packages to be won at the super satellites will be made up of an Irish Masters ticket plus expenses.

Sign up today to qualify for your place.

Executive WSOP Package from Blue Square Poker


WSOPExecutive WSOP Package

For most, a trip to the World Series of Poker is a once in a lifetime experience. Therefore Blue Square Poker wants you to enjoy it in true VIP style and so have created a special promotion where you can win a $20,000 Executive WSOP Package featuring:

– $10,000 WSOP Main Event Entry
– 14 nights in the brand new Palazzo Suites at the Venetian
– Two tickets for the world famous “Blue Man Group” show at the Venetian
– Dinner for two at the exclusive “SW Steakhouse” at the Wynn Hotel
– Limo Pick-up between the Las Vegas Airport and Venetian Hotel on arrival and departure
– Over $5,000 towards travel and spending money


All you need to do to get hold of this great package is win four of our new 12-player WSOP Executive Jackpot Sit ‘n’ Go tournaments in a row!

These new events cost just $20+$4 to enter and will run around the clock from Tuesday April 1st. There is no better way to sample the WSOP experience! For full details please Click Here.

Good luck at the tables!


Jamie Reeve

Poker Operations Manager

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