The Fitzwilliam Poker Festival Reviewed
The 2016 November Poker Festival was a Record Year for the Fitzwilliam Casino & Card Club with over 232 entrants for the televised event on Eir Sport. This was the first year on television for the festival, the first year with celebrity hosts and the first year in partnership with the second largest poker organisation in the world.
As the event developed, Fitzwilliam Casino felt it could be of real interest to the general public this year and as it turned out, they were completely oversubscribed for the event and had to turn people away, which is both disappointing and a reflection of the demand for this year’s festival.
By the time all registrations were inputted there was a prize fund of €92,800 on offer to the competing players. The winner was to receive a cheque of €30,000 with the top 27 people getting paid for their efforts over the four days.
The defending champion Andy Black made a great defence of his title making the final table and finishing 9th. There were two ladies in the final nine as well which shows how popular the game is becoming with female members. A mixture of Fitzwilliam regular members and a few new members to the club made up the final table of nine. After four days of fantastic play we were left with two players (Paul Keogh & Lee Egan) and after an intriguing battle one man stood tall. Congratulations to Lee Egan the 2016 November Festival Champion!
The Fitzwilliam would like to thank everyone involved for their support including: all of the club members who played and supported the concept, Eirsport as their TV partner, their wonderful host Kara Scott, commentators and producers Ken Doherty and Padraig Parkinson, 888 for their sponsorship of the festival, all of the Fitz staff who worked on the event and everyone who posted, commented or re-tweet the festival to help make it THE poker event of 2016.
They hope to see you all back in 2017 including our winner Lee! Stay tuned for details of their next big poker event mid-2017.