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November 08, 2011 11:38 ET

paddypowerpoker.com Launches Bigger and Better Student Masters 2012

Popular Student Poker Event Returns With EUR20,000 Estimated Prize-Pool and Irish Open 2012 Entry for Winner

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2011) -

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paddypowerpoker.com today launches details of the Student Masters 2012; the student-only poker tournament will once again feature a €100 + €10 buy in and will take place on Saturday 10th March 2012.

Following the phenomenal success at the sold out Student Masters 2011 tournament earlier this year, the 2012 event will move venue to the spacious Burlington Hotel, Dublin to accommodate more players.

The event features an estimated €20,000 in prize money, and paddypowerpoker.com will once again award the winner of the Student Masters a seat into the prestigious Irish Open 2012 worth €3,500.

"When I heard that paddypowerpoker.com was awarding the winner of the Student Masters a seat into the Irish Open, this tournament became a must-play for me. It was always a dream of mine to play in the Irish Open and I can tell you now it certainly did not disappoint." said Jamie Flynn, winner of the Student Masters 2011.

"Walking into the venue had to be the highlight; as you enter the hotel lobby, the Dublin Gospel Choir are passionately singing in the corner and there are swarms of poker players all hoping that this is going to be their year. The atmosphere was electric and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand; at that moment in time, there is nowhere else in the world I'd have rather been."

The paddypowerpoker.com Student Masters 2012 will commence on Saturday 10th March 2012, and play will stop once the final table is reached. The final nine players will then return to the Burlington Hotel on the eve of the Irish Open 2012 (Thursday 5th April 2012) to play out the final table and decide an overall winner.

Students can choose from a number of ways to qualify for the paddypowerpoker.com Student Masters 2012:

  1. Online Freeroll Tournaments: paddypowerpoker.com will host a Student Masters 2012 freeroll tournament on the first Sunday of every month, running from 4th December 2011 until 4th March with a FREE Student Masters seat on offer each time.

  2. Online satellites: Satellites will begin on 7th November and will run through to March 2012, with a €5 NLH Re-buy taking place every Monday night and a €10 NLH Freezeout being held every Wednesday night.

  3. Direct Buy In: Players who wish to buy into the Student Masters directly can do so through the paddypowerpoker.com software now. They then just turn up on the day to take their seat.

"Following the sold out event earlier this year, we couldn't wait to get working on a bigger and better Student Masters event for 2012." said Paddy Power, Communications Manager for paddypowerpoker.com.

"Players lucky enough to reach the final table will get an opportunity to play under the lights of the Irish Open 2012 feature table. The overall winner will then represent the students in the Irish Open Main Event 2012 the following day, playing against some of the best poker players in the world for approximately €550,000 first prize. It doesn't get much better than that!"

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Full details of the Student Masters 2012 can be found here: http://www.paddypowerpoker.com/tournaments/studentmasters

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