Party Poker staged a special tournament called Poker for the Homeless in an effort to help out the homeless people of Dublin and Galway, Ireland. This charity event was formerly known as Simon Poker Day (named after the Galway Simon homeless shelter), but was changed to represent the purpose of the event.
Nicky Poker – a Waterford, Ireland man – won the Poker for the Homeless event and came away with the top prize. This was the second straight year that a man from this city won the tournament since Waterford resident Pat Soran took first place last year.
The buy-ins for the Poker for the Homeless tournament were set at ₤330 and ₤100 from each buy-in went straight to the charitable cause. In all, the tournament raised ₤18,200 for Galway Simon and the total pledges for the homeless are expected to reach ₤40,000 when everything is tallied; the extra money will go to Dublin Simon and Brother Kevin of the Capuchin Day Centre.
Irish poker pro and Poker for the Homeless organizer Padraig Parkinson was very pleased with the turnout for the event and said, “We’d like to thank everyone who played and all the companies who contributed financially to the success of the event.Without them it wouldn’t exist and we’re deeply grateful.”
Poker for the Homeless was held in conjunction with the recent Party Poker Irish Poker Championship, which concluded play on Monday. This was a star-studded event with poker personalities such as Mike Sexton, Kenna James, Ciaran O’Leary, Marty Smyth, Liam Flood, and “Mad” Marty Wilson all making the trip to Galway for the tournament. In all, 255 players paid the ₤2,000 buy-in to participate in the Main Event of the Irish Poker Championship.
Dublin native Rory Brennan was able to defeat the field of 255 players on his way to the top prize of ₤160,000. Brennan was very pleased with his victory as he stated, “It’s unbelievable to take down this tournament. I went on to the final table as chip leader, but at times I thought I was down and out. I am proud of how I played and, in particular, how I changed gears at key times.”
Brennan has been playing poker professionally ever since he left college in 2006 and is regarded as one of Ireland’s rising pros. He plays his online poker hands in the brand new Party Poker Palladium Lounge; this is where the elite Party Poker players can be found.

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