Online Poker Press Release: (London, UK) – Dublin has been awarded the title of European Poker Capital 2008 by Bluff Europe Magazine. The Irish capital piped last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s winner, London, to the post — with Vienna, Amsterdam and Barcelona named third, fourth and fifth places respectively. Bluff Europe praised DublinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lively and friendly poker scene, as well as the wealth of poker clubs and tournaments available to the poker playing public.
Dublin has a fine selection of card rooms and, poker is also growing steadily on a grassroots level in the city through poker societies and pub poker leagues. Each year exciting new tournaments spring up with buy-ins to suit all pockets. Dublin is also home to the Irish Open, the oldest and most revered tournament in Europe.
Last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contest saw Dublin come in a respectable second to London but this year the Irish capital was the city that most impressed the Bluff Europe panel. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Last year, in recognition of the inaugural WSOPE and the general health of its burgeoning poker scene, we chose London as the place to be. This induced a lot of snickering from across the Irish Sea, where theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re rightfully very protective of their fantastic poker scene,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Philip Conneller, Editor of Bluff Europe. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But this year there was really only one candidate.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“GentlemanÃ¢â‚¬Â Liam Flood, who has been a stalwart of Irish poker since he helped introduce HoldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢em to the Emerald Isle in the Seventies, was delighted with the news. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because of the craic,Ã¢â‚¬Â he explained, when asked him to describe what he felt was special about poker in Dublin. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a sense of community. We find that a few drinks after the game helps you relax, too.Ã¢â‚¬Â
All data compiled by editors at Bluff Europe – Europe’s leading poker magazine.
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