Voting Opens in the Second Irish Poker Awards

Voting Opens in the Second Irish Poker AwardsFollowing the success of last year´s inaugural event, the second Irish Poker Awards are being hosted at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on Sunday October 21st.

As with the British Poker Awards, a number of categories are determined by the voting public and the nominees for this year´s awards have just been announced. Two new categories for 2012 have been introduced – “Best Social Media User” and “Irish Poker Legend” – to replace “Best Poker League” (2011 Winner JP Poker League) and “Best Poker Festival”, as Boyle Poker (last year´s winners) are now sponsoring the event and PokerStars would have won the trophy by default!

Best Tournament Player
(2011 Winner John O´Shea)
Best Online Player
(2011 Winner Jude “oldjude” Duffy)
Dara O´Kearney Dan Smyth
Dermot Blaine Dara O´Kearney
Eoghan O´Dea Fergal Nealon
Jason Tomkins Jono Crute
Jim O´Callaghan Jude Ainsworth
Mick Graydon Mick Graydon
Niall Smyth Seamus Cahill
Best Cash Player
(2011 Winner Andy Black)
Break Out Year
(2011 Winner Owen Robinson)
Chris Dowling Daragh Davey
Dermot Blaine Jamie Flynn
Donnacha O´Dea Mark O´Connor
Seamus Cahill Niall Smyth
Tom Hanlon Ronan Gilligan
Personality of the Year
(2011 Winner Padraig Parkinson)
Best Poker Forum
(2011 Winner Irish Poker Boards)
Dave Curtis
John O´Shea Hendon Mob
Padraig Parkinson Irish Poker Boards
Phil Baker Two Plus Two
Best Poker Blogger
(2011 Winner Padraig Parkinson)
Best Tournament Director
(2011 Winner JP McCann)
Dara O´Kearney Donal MacAonghusa
John O´Shea JP McCann
Nicky Power Nick O´Hara
Padraig Parkinson Toby Stone
Best Social Media User
(New Category)
Irish Player of the Year
(2011 Winner Owen Robinson)
Dara O´Kearney Eoghan O´Dea
Chris Dowling Dermot Blaine
Nicky Power Niall Smyth
Padraig Parkinson Ronan Gilligan
Best Cardroom
(2011 Winner The Fitzwilliam Casino)
Irish Poker Legend
(New Category)
D1 Club Donnacha O´Dea
Macau Sporting Club Liam Flood
The Eglington Noel Furlong
The Fitzwilliam Casino Padraig Parkinson
The Sporting Emporium


The event is free to attend for Irish poker players in the Dublin area and voting/more information can be found on