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Paddy Power Poker Launches Irish Winter Festival Mega Satellite

One of the poker world's most exciting upcoming events is the rapidly approaching Irish Winter Festival. Paddy Power Poker wants to help get some of its most talented members to the Festival's main event by offering up a satellite tournament that provides fantastic rewards.

The 2012 Irish Winter Festival will bring some of the game's best players to Dublin in order to compete for a shot at winning cash prizes and a bit of international recognition. Paddy Power Poker members without the bankroll to pay for the main event's €1,125 direct buy-in are able to sign up for the site's upcoming Irish Winter Festival Mega Satellite to enter. A total of twenty prize packages (valued at €1,800) are available through the no limit hold 'em Mega Satellite. These packages include buy-in to the Festival's main event, four nights of accommodations in Dublin and €329 in travel money. Along with the substantial prize, satellite winners will also be entered into Paddy's Six Survivor promotion (and a chance at earning themselves a buy-in to the 2013 Irish Open). To enter, Paddy Poker players can either attempt to qualify through daily sit and go turbo and daily feeder games or pay €192 for a guaranteed spot at the virtual tables.

The 2012 Irish Winter Festival is scheduled to begin on Friday, 26th October and will take place at Dublin, Ireland's Burlington Hotel while Paddy Power Poker's Irish Winter Festival Mega Satellite is set for Sunday, 14th October.

2012 World Championships of Online Poker Wraps Up

                The conclusion of the 2012 World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) has marked the end of one of the poker season's most buzzed-about events. As always the Championships' main event saw some of the fiercest competition, showcasing the poker world's rising talent and demonstrating the continued success of PokerStars' tournament series.
                The 2012 WCOOP main event saw a Russian player with the handle 'maratik' triumph over the table, earning a cash prize in excess of one million dollars. maratik usually favours low stakes sit and go games but, despite a modest bankroll, made his way to WCOOP 2012's $5,200 buy-in main event by using a small reserve of 40 Pokerstars loyalty points. The player entered the main event having established a six-way deal with his competitors that would guarantee him $900,907 — already an impressive sum — but finished out the event having  managed to beat out nearly 2,000 competitors, taking home a staggering $1,000,907. maratik went into the final hand with a comfortable chip lead over Canada's Ryan 'TheCart3r' Carter and managed to defeat his opposition to earn the title of 2012 WCOOP main event winner. Despite his loss, TheCart3r pocketed $662,516.
                A press release from PokerStars described the success of the event, detailing that 2012 saw "126,041 tournament entries as opposed to [2011's] 119,832." It also showed that the total prize pool for this year's World Championships of Online Poker topped out at $9.125 million, a substantial increase over PokerStars' $30 million guarantee and "an increase of more than seven million dollars on 2011's total."