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Gaming Club World Poker Championship Set in Dublin

10 Jun 2004

IRELAND -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Merrion Club Casino, Dublin, June 23rd - 27th -- The inaugural Gaming Club World Poker Championships is nearly upon us, with the cream of the world's top poker players and a few celebrities all descending on Dublin for the biggest ever first prize in land-based Pot Limit Hold'em of EUR 250,000 and a massive total prize fund of over EUR 730,000, (based on a maximum of 128 players).

The finest players from across the Atlantic such as 9 times World Series Champion Phil Hellmuth, Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson, Howard Lederer and Phil Ivey are all making the long trip to Dublin from the States, to take on the finest European players in the form of 2004 British Open Champion Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliot, UK's finest the Hendon Mob and European women's number one Lucy Rokach.

International film star Mimi Rogers is also confirmed to attend and having made a name for herself during various poker events in the USA she is making her first appearance in a European tournament.

The event is being sponsored by The Gaming Club, an online casino and poker room and part of the Carmen Media owned super group of casinos, Belle Rock Gaming. Belle Rock's head of poker, Richard De Waal says bringing the tournament to Ireland will help poker reach a larger audience still; "Having an event of this size and prestige in Europe is fantastic for poker and the rise of the game outside of the United States, and I think this is reflected by the quality of players coming from abroad for the event."

Carmen Media CEO and Chairman, Tim Johnson commented: "Our customers are playing more and more poker online, and so sponsorship of the World Poker Championship by the Gaming Club gives us the opportunity to offer them something really special. The prizes and the competition will be world beating, and those who can't make it to Dublin -- either as players or spectators -- will be able to share in the excitement by watching it on the Sky Sports television coverage."

Players can sign up by visiting and registering to apply for one of the seats available. A seat to play at the tournament costs EUR 6,000 Euros with a minimum deposit of EUR 600. In addition, a very limited number of seats have been put aside exclusively for those registering online with The Gaming Club. For your chance to win visit

The Gaming Club World Poker Championship takes place between the 23rd and 27th June 2004 in Eire, at the Merrion Casino Club, Dublin's premier poker venue and casino club. The event is being screened as a ten-part series on Sky later this year -- please see listings guides for further details.

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