Dublin European Poker Masters Tournaments


Season Four – 30 October – 3 November 2007


The Merrion Casino Club is part of the Royal Dublin Society which is situated in the centre of the city of Dublin. The RDS plays host to virtually every important event in Dublin – from the ‘Smashing Pumpkins’ concert to the weekly fixtures of Dublin’s favourite soccer team, the Shamrock Rovers, to major poker events. The casino hosted the 2007 Irish Winter Festival of Poker, and is home to the annual EPT Dublin event.

Getting there

The Royal Dublin society is 16 km from the Dublin International Airport and the simplest way to get in to the city centre is by dedicated Aircoach. There is one coach to Ballsbridge every 15 minutes from outside the airport to the Main Hall entrance of the RDS. The fare is in the region of €12 return, and travel time is about 30 – 45 minutes.

Contact Details

The Merrion Casino Club 81 Merrion Square, Ballsbridge, Dublin 2, Ireland

Telephone – +353 166 29325

Fax – +353 166 29328

Email – info@merrioncasinoclub.com


For the structure of EPT Dublin please go to our ‘Structures of the European Poker Tour’ page.


It was a victory that stunned the new enfant terrible of the poker circuit, Norway’s Annette Obrestad. The youngest recipient of the coveted WSOP bracelet must have thought that she was heading to a second elite poker title when she made it to the final table with a five to one chip lead against the eventual champion, online qualifier, Reuben Peters.

It should have been a whitewash but Peters, from Colorado, managed to overturn the mammoth chip lead to claim the title and over €500 000, the winner’s share of the €1 701 700 prize pool. The stock broker had outlasted and outmanoeuvred over 220 players from over 25 countries with his surprise win.

"I’ve had horrible cards for a day and a half. I was the short stack at the final table and at one point I was down to five big blinds, said the beaming Peters. "I’ve played against Annette a lot online so I know the way she plays but I’ve never met her face-to-face. She is an excellent player, and I never expected to win."

The poker champion wannabes included 60 players who, like Peters, had qualified online and several of the PokerStars Team pros including Luca Pagano, Katja Thater, Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier and Noah Boeken. Both Boeken and Pagano were in the money with Boeken finishing 14th and pocketing €20 420 in his 6th EPT cash and Pagano came 24th and took home €10 210 in his seventh European Poker Tour cash.

"Annette has been the talk of the town in Dublin, and she personally bust out six of the top ten players, including local favourite Andy Black. Everybody expected her to take Peters apart in the final heads up, but the American proved a tough nut to crack. Given the high quality of the field in Dublin, he deserves the title," said Conrad Brunner, PokerStars’ Head of Communications, and EMEA.

Final Table

1. Reuben Peters (USA – €532 620

2. Annette Obrestad (Norway) – €297 800

3. Reijo Manninen (Finland) – €178 680

4. Trond Eidsvig (Norway) – €127 630

5. Daan Ruiter (Netherlands) – €105 510

6. Anders Pettersson (Sweden) – €83 380

7. Michael Durrer (Germany) – €66 370

8. Thierry van den Berg (Netherlands) – €47 650

9. Casper Hansen (Denmark) – €30 630