31/05/2006

The Show Goes On

Joe Beevers 'The Elegance'

Bank Holiday weekend saw the second of the Showdown Poker Tour events at the Fitzwilliam Card Club in Dublin.

I have been to Dublin many times but this was actually my first time at this club. Spread over two floors with room for a couple of dozen poker tables as well as an array of casino games. The Fitzwilliam also runs Dublinbet; an online casino but using real blackjack tables and roulette wheels. It says on their website:

“Play live card games as played in a casino with live dealers & is broadcast with 2 cameras showing the live action.”

So that’s why the club is now open 24 hours and even when it’s empty a dealer continues to deal out blackjack hands whilst another continuously spins numbers on the roulette wheel in the corner.

A select field of 20 started the Euro 5000 buy in event including the entire Mob. On my table I had Ross, Betfair’s Ben Grundy, Andy Black and the person who ensures the smooth running of the Fitzwilliam, former Irish Open winner, Colette Doherty.

As with all SDPT events we started with 10,000 chips, 25/50 blinds and a 90 minute clock. After a few minutes Ben commented that it was a bit quiet in the club. Colette said. ‘Well it did used to be a church…And there’s a lot more praying that goes on in here now than there used to be.’

Ram and I both made day two with a couple of Swedes as the chip leaders. All the players did TV interviews and when Ola Brandborn was asked who he feared the most his answer was ‘Joe Beevers’. However after his interview he came over to where Ram and I were sat and pointed out that he only said that because he didn’t know how to say Ram’s name properly.

Matt Savage, the Tournament Director of the London SDPT event, was unable to travel this time so we got the very experienced David Lamb as his replacement. Those who know David will know that he is very particular and precise in the way that he does things. You always know what the rules being used are when David is in charge.

Day two finished with four players and no Mobsters left and we finished up in the bar at Bewleys Hotel, Leopardstown. Dublin is always busy and this weekend was no exception – this was the closest hotel to the Fitzwilliam that we could get!

Someone in the bar asked David Lamb whether he was married. ‘Yes for thirty six years’ came the reply. There was then a short pause before he continued, ‘...but not to the same woman!’

The Mob are back in Dublin on June 1st for a great charity event organised by Padraig Parkinson which is then followed on the 2nd by the Boylepoker Irish Poker Tour Grand Final at CityWest.

The next SDPT event will be held in Switzerland in August after the WSOP. This time there is a good run for satellites and online qualifiers and the buy-in will be E7500. A much better turn out is expected and as usual the Mob will be there. We hope to see you there to!