JP McCann Opening New Poker Club in Dublin
Irish Open organizer JP McCann is launching a brand new poker club in Tallaght on the outskirts of Dublin. The JP Poker Card Club and Casino, which is located in Tallaght’s well-known Arena complex, opens on Thursday, January 25th and will initially feature ten poker tables along with slot machines and a pool table. The club will be open 18 hours a day, every day of the week, from noon to 6 am.
“I’ve wanted to set up a really big club for a long time and the Arena complex in Tallaght is the perfect place for it. The new venue is 150% bigger than the old club at Village Green and we will be making it even bigger later this year. When that happens, we’ll be able to accommodate some 35 poker tables which will not only mean we can host small poker festivals right on site but also make us the biggest poker room in Ireland,” said JP.
JP Poker Card Club and Casino Launch Event
The new club is kicking off the fun this Thursday with a special debut tournament – a €65 No Limit Hold’em event with €1,000 added to the prize pool. With many other tournaments and cash games planned for the opening weekend and complimentary drinks from Thursday to Sunday. There is bound to be a lively atmosphere for the club’s launch. The tournaments this weekend include a €65 NLHE event with €500 added to the prize pool on Friday, plus a €110 buy-in tournament on Sunday with a €5,000 guaranteed prize pool. All three tournaments – Thursday, Friday and Sunday – start at 7 pm. The €15k final for the current Cash Game League starts at 5 pm on Saturday (see below for League details.)
Busy Poker Schedule
With over 20 years of experience in running card rooms and poker festivals, JP knows what players like and aims to ensure that his new club provides players of all kinds with a great mix of tournaments and cash games. There will be cash game tables running every night of the week – with early starts taking place three nights a week: an Omaha cash game table starting at 5 pm every Monday and Saturday, and a No Limit Hold’em cash game table firing up at 6 pm on Fridays. There will also be tournaments starting at 7 pm every night of the week with late registration open until 9.30 pm.
Every Wednesday and Sunday, there will be a €110 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament with a €5k guarantee. Every other night will feature a €65 buy-in tournament with €2,500 guaranteed. All tournaments will allow unlimited re-entries.
Cash Game & Tournament Leagues
The new club will continue with the cash and tournament poker leagues established at JP’s former club in Village Green. Both leagues run over two-month periods. This Saturday will see the final of the Cash Game League with more than €15,000 up for grabs and the new cash game league will get underway in February. The current tournament league runs until the end of February and will feature a league final for €20,000-25,000 at the end of February. The new tournament league will start on March 1.
The club will be open from noon every day for people to come in to enjoy slots, play pool or just relax – with poker kicking off later on. Live casino gaming – such as blackjack and roulette – will launch at the club in the Spring.
JP added, “We may well get poker going earlier in the day once the Club is up and running. We’ll just see what the demand is like for tournaments or cash games taking place during the day.”
Largest Card Room in Ireland
JP Poker Card Club and Casino will eventually be the biggest card room in Ireland. A planned expansion taking place later this year will provide space for another 25 poker tables. This will enable the club to host small poker festivals right on the premises and larger events in collaboration with the Maldron Hotel which lies next door. The hotel has been the venue for numerous poker tournaments over the years including both the Mini WSOP and the JP Poker Masters.
“Dublin is an absolute hotspot for poker players and we are excited about providing a really great new club for locals and visitors alike. Anyone over 18 can come along, sign up and enjoy a warm welcome along with superbly-run cash games and poker tournaments,” said JP.
The club, which will be run by manager Daulta O’Neill and poker supervisor Amanda Fyles – doesn’t have its own kitchen but snacks and pre-cooked food will be available along with hot and cold drinks. The Maldron Hotel next door also serves food up until 10 pm.
It’s very easy to get to the club and there’s ample onsite parking. It’s close to the Tallaght bypass and Tallaght Stadium, 14km from Dublin city centre and 30km from Dublin Airport. For public transport, there are numerous buses to/from the city centre and the new club is also only a few minutes walk from the LUAS red line light rail with a regular service up until midnight direct into the city centre.