1. What is the Irish Winter Festival?
The paddypowerpoker.com Irish Winter Festival is an annual poker festival that takes place in Dublin, Ireland over the October bank holiday weekend. First organised in 2001, the festival is headlined by a €1,125 buy in No Limit Texas hold'em tournament.
2. Is it just one tournament?
No, the IWF is a whole festival of poker. There is one Main Event and a full schedule of supporting side events which take place throughout the October bank holiday weekend.
3. What is the main event buy-in?
The buy-in for the 2012 Main Event will be €1,000 + €125 (The registration fee is VAT inclusive)
4. What is the Irish Winter Festival tournament schedule?
The full festival schedule is available HERE
5. How big is the field?
IWF 2008: 423
IWF 2009: 398
IWF 2010: 347
IWF 2011: 395
6. How do I reserve my seat for the Tournament?
There are 4 ways to register!
1. Qualify Online: We have a number of qualifiers running on paddypowerpoker.com, please click HERE for more details.
2. Direct Buy In Online: Guarantee your seat at the IWF by purchasing your ticket now in the paddypowerpoker.com client OR via our online payment gateway which accepts credit card payments or bank transfers.
3. Purchase your IWF seat in our VIP SHOP
4. Pay on the Day: Payment will be accepted on the day, spaces permitting, at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin.
7. How do I become the SIX SURVIVORS?
1. Qualify for the IWF on paddypowerpoker.com or purchase your IWF seat in the PPP VIP SHOP
2. Be one of 6 remaining PPP qualifiers in the IWF Main event
3. Win yourself a seat into the Irish Open 2013
8. Where is the Irish Winter Festival held?
The IWF 2012 will be held the Burlington Hotel, in the heart of Dublin City Centre. For more information please click HERE
9. How do I get to the Burlington Hotel?
You can find directions to the Burlington Hotel HERE
10. How do I book my accommodation at the Burlington?
To avail of a special Bed and Breakfast rate of €79 negotiated by paddypowerpoker.com, please quote promotional code "Irish Winter Festival 2012" when booking your tournament accommodation.
Accommodation at the Burlington Hotel can be booked via:
• Phone at 00 353 (0)1 618 5600 or
• Email at email@example.com
11. Are there alternative Hotels in the Area?
Mespil Hotel - 3 star
Phone number: +353 1 488 4600
D4 Hotels - 3 star
Phone number: +353 1 668 4468
Hilton Charlemont - 4 star
Phone number: +353 1 402 9988
Herbert Park hotel - 4 star
Phone number: +353 1 667 2200
Four Seasons Dublin - 5 star
Phone number: +353 1 665 4000
12. How do I qualify in a live cardroom?
Cardrooms and casinos all over Ireland and the UK will be running satellites to the IWF and information will be available on our website as soon as the details are confirmed. If you are a cardroom interested in running satellites, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
13. Can I bet on the IWF?
Individuals wishing to place a bet on the outcome of the IWF may do so on paddypower.com. Many markets, including outright winner, final table and group bets, will be available the week before and during the tournament.
14. Can I come to the IWF even if I am not playing it? Can I bring my friends / family?
Yes. The IWF is famous for its party atmosphere and much of that atmosphere is created by the fans that come along to cheer their favourite players on. While certain areas within the tournament room are restricted to players only, all are welcome to come along to the IWF and experience the greatest poker show on earth. However you must be 18+ years of age to enter the poker room at the Burlington Hotel.
15. Where can I find a copy of the tournament rules?
You can find a full set of the event rules below
General Event Rules
- Seating assignments will be determined by a random draw and will be non-transferable.
- Each player will start with the same number of chips
- The deal will start in the position 9 or the highest position at the table
- Players must keep their highest denomination ships visible at all times
- Players must protect their cards at all times. If a dealer takes in a hand by mistake, the hand is dead and there is no redress.
- Players are not allowed to show their cards to other during a hand. If a player reveals their hand they may be subject to a penalty at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
- Players involved in a hand may not discuss a pot in progress; if they do, they may get a penalty at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
- A new hand commences when the dealer first riffles the cards.
- A player must be sitting at the table when the FIRST card is dealt to take part in a hand.
- Players wishing to use a mobile phone must step away from the table.
- No electronic devises such as mobile phones should be placed on the poker table during play.
- Players must remain at the table until they have acted on their hand. If not, the offending player may be subject to a penalty at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
- Players may not ask for a change of deck.
- English must be spoken at all times during a hand.
- The minimum bet amount is the amount of the big blind.
- A raise must be at least the size of the largest previous bet or raise of the current betting round. If a player puts in a raise of 50% or more of the previous bet but less than the minimum raise, they must make a full raise. The raise will be exactly the minimum raise allowed. An all-in wager of less than a full raise does not reopen the betting to a player who has already acted.
- When there is a race for odd chips, a player can only win one chip. A player cannot be raced out of a tournament.
- Players may not put chips in their pockets at any time. When moving tables, players must use a chip tray to carry their chips and they must go straight to their new table.
- When a player is being moved from a table they will be the next on the big blind and will go to the worst position on the new table. Players can move to the button, the small blind or the big blind. A player who intentionally dodges blinds when moving from a broken table may forfeit the blinds and incur a penalty.
- If a player is taking too much time to make a decision another player involved in the pot or the Tournament Director may ask for the clock. If this happens the player has 60 seconds to make a decision and after the 60 seconds the hand will be dead.
- Players must have respect for other players, the dealers and Tournament Directors. If they do not they may be subject to a penalty.
- The Tournament Director is to consider fairness and the best interest of the game as the top priority in the decision-making process. Unusual circumstances can on occasion dictate that decisions in the interest of fairness take priority over the technical rules. The Tournament Directors decision is final.
Super Satellite Rules
- Includes all tournament rules outlined above
- Prize winners in the Super Satellite event must play the destination event unless they already hold a seat in the destination event in which case players will receive a refund for the satellite prize.
- The tournament organisers reserve the right to cancel or alter any event at its sole discretion in the best interest of the tournament or its players.
- Registration for the Irish Mythical Championship event will close 15 minutes before the tournament start time. No late registration will be accepted after this time.
- Seating assignments will be determined by a random draw and will not be transferable.
- In the first round of the Mythical tournament, a number of players may be randomly awarded a free pass to the second round if deemed necessary by the overall number of tournament entrants.
- The Mythical tournament will be played in the form of heats. The first heat will commence at at the tournament start time and each subsequent round will commence on the hour thereafter.
- The following penalties will occur if a player joins any heat of the Mythical tournament late:
- • If a player misses the first hand of a heat they will automatically be awarded 40 points
- • If a player misses the second hand of a heat their points total will be increased to 80
- • If a player misses the third hand of a heat they will be eliminated from the tournament
- There will be a maximum of five players at each table and a minimum of three players at the start of each heat, with the exception of the final heads-up situation.
- • Where there are five players at a table, three players will be eliminated and two players will commence to the next heat.
- • Where there are four players at a table, two players will be eliminated and two players will commence to the next heat.
- • Where there are three players at a table, one player will be eliminated and two players will commence to the next heat.
- If a player is not sitting in their assigned seat when the first card of a hand is dealt they will be not be permitted to play this hand and will be awarded a 40 point penalty.
- Players begin each heat with 0 points. Once a player reaches 151 points they will be eliminated and must leave the table as play continues with the remaining players.
- If two or more players exceed 151 points in the same hand, the person with the highest overall points will be eliminated.
- When down to heads up at the final table, their points will revert back to 0 and they will play best of 3 (first to reach 101 is loser in each game)
- Two decks of cards will be used at each table.
- Players will cut the deck for deal. Ace will count as low for this purpose and the highest card will commence dealing. Thereafter the winner of a hand will deal the subsequent round.
- Each player is dealt 10 cards face down with the deal going clockwise. The dealer then places the top card of the deck face up on the table for the game to commence.
- Each player must confirm to the dealer that they have 10 cards before play commences. Only when all players have confirmed can the dealer turn up the first card.
- In circumstances where a dealer gives a player the incorrect amount of cards and commences play without first confirming their deal was correct, they may be penalised at the discretion of the tournament director.
- If any player has more than ten cards and the first card is turned, the player must finish their hand with that number of cards. If they has less than 10 cards they must, on their first turn, take a card from the deck and not throw out.
- A player with 11 or more cards cannot finish with 4 sets or 3 quads. They must have at least one Straight Flush. A player with 11 or more cards is still entitled to use a Mythical card.
- Players will not be permitted to ‘mix’ at any time during the padypowerpoker.com Irish Mythical Championship event.
- In any set or 4-of-a-kind, each card must be a different suit.
- An Ace may only play as low in a straight flush (A-2-3 is a legitimate hand but Q-K-A is notA ‘Mythical’ card is an imaginary card that may be used to finish a player’s hand. All cards in the hand must be used in order to finish, whether with or without a Mythical card.
- After a player has taken a card they must dispose of one card from their hand, or alternatively throw the card they have just taken. Throwing the card signals the end of the turn. If a player throws and then declares to be out they must wait one rotation before the game ends.
- A player is deemed to be "out" when they have no cards in his hand which do not fit into either a straight flush, a set or 4-of-a-kind.
- If a player declared that they are out and places their cards on the table when, in fact, they are not out they must then leave their cards on the table and play on. They may only take face down cards from the deck and not from the discard pile until they or someone else is out. Players will not be permitted to change the composition of their hand on the table.
- Once a player has won the hand, each other player must then place their cards on the table in sets, quads and straight flushes and the point total of each players remaining cards is used to determine the score.
- At the end of a hand each player must verify their points to the winner of that particular hand before they throw away their cards. A player who mucks their cards before verifying their points will be penalised at the discretion of the tournament director.
- Each player, whether they are out or not, is allowed only one Mythical card to use in their hand. This can be used when putting hands down to determine points.
- The face value of each card is the equivalent value for points. Picture cards are all worth ten, as are aces.
- If the winning hand includes a Mythical card, each remaining losing player must add 5 points to their total. If the winning hand does not include a Mythical card, each remaining losing player must add 10 points to their total.
- 30. Players may not use a mobile phone while at the table.
- Players may not ask for a change of deck.
- Players must have respect for other players and tournament directors. If they do not they may be subject to a penalty.
- English must be spoken at all times during a hand.
- The tournament director is to consider fairness and the best interest of the game as the top priority in the decision-making process. Unusual circumstances can on occasion dictate that decisions in the interest of fairness take priority over the technical rules. The Tournament Directors decision is final.
16. What is the General Event Disclaimer & how does it relate to TV/internet streaming?
By entering the venue (The Burlington Hotel, Dublin) at the paddypowerpoker.com Irish Winter Festival you consent to your likeness and image being used on television and the internet internationally, without restriction and in all forms of media for the distribution and promotion of the Irish Winter Festival. Entry into this tournament is taken as consent to participating in the TV coverage.
17. Are there any rules for non-featured TV tables at the Irish Winter Festival?
At non-feature tables, players may wear what they please so long as it does not interfere with other people's enjoyment of the event. Tournament Organiser's and Director's may ask a player to change attire if it is not deemed appropriate. Their decision will be final.
18. What are the rules for featured TV tables?
The following terms and conditions are for the feature table(s) at the Main Event of the Irish Winter Festival. By partaking in this event you consent that you will willingly partake in this feature table if requested. At the feature table:
- Players are permitted to wear sponsors logos (without a ".com") on their shirts only. These logos will be no larger than 10cm * 7cm on the left breast pocket and no larger than 8cm * 3cm on each sleeve.
- Players may wear sunglasses, hats or other headgear provided there is no visible branding and the players speech is audible and ears are visible.
- Players may not wear earphones.
- No other branding on any part of their body, clothing, chip protectors, or jewellery, will be permitted.
- Players general appearance and sponsors shirts must be neat and clean. These shirts must have sleeves and collars (polo shirts and t-shirts will not be permitted) and must not be white. Sponsors must be aware that their players will not be allowed play on the feature table in unsuitable clothing. Tournament Organiser's decision will be final. Substitute shirts will be provided if available.
- Players may be sponsored before the event begins and not during the event. Players must notify the Organiser's of their sponsor prior to commencement of the event.
- No more than one third of the feature table players may be sponsored by the one company. In the situation where more than two players (at a six seat table) or three players (at an eight seat table) players sponsored by one company have made it to the feature table, either a person representing the relevant sponsor should decide upon who wears the shirts or the Tournament Director will choose.
- Paddy Power Poker and the Tournament decision will be final on what clothing complies with the above rules.
- Players also consent to participating in all reasonable requests for interviews and photographs surrounding this event. Publicity will be used in press releases and on paddypowerpoker.com to promote the Irish Winter Festival. Winners of events at the IWF will be required for future publicity of the event.
- Players must agree to disclose their hole cards to the under the table cameras at the feature table and any refusal to do so could lead to disqualification from the event with no prize money being awarded and no refunds given.
- Paddy Power Poker reserves the right to add or amend any tournament rules, as they feel appropriate.
- Players must be appropriately dressed at all times within the main arena and will not be permitted to play if dressed in a manner deemed distracting to other players. The tournament director & Paddy Power Poker reserve the right to refuse participation of any players that does not abide by this rule.