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One of the most eagerly anticipated live poker events of 2017 shuffles up and deals at midday on February 23 when the €100,000 guaranteed Grand Prix Cork Main Event gets underway in Ireland.

Read on below to see how you can join in the action both on and off the felt with partypoker!

Follow the Grand Prix Cork Live Updates and Fun

Whether you have a loved one playing in the tournament or just want to follow the action from the Grand Prix Cork event you can read our live updates throughout the €100,000 guaranteed tournament by heading to our live updates page and follow our dedicated partypoker LIVE Twitter feed where you’ll get a glimpse behind the scenes of Grand Prix Cork and all upcoming partypoker LIVE events.

Grand Prix Cork: About the tournament

partypoker pro Natalia Breviglieri

partypoker pro Natalia Breviglieri – meet her at Grand Prix Cork!

It’s not too late! Satellites for Grand Prix Cork are running daily at 9pm GMT until Friday or you can still use the funds in your partypoker account to buy into the tournament. Head to the Live Events tab in the partypoker tournament lobby, find the Grand Prix Cork Live Day 1: €100k Gtd tournaments and buy into the holding tank for $360. Then simply head to the Macau Casino Club Cork where you can confirm your identity and start playing for a share of a guaranteed €100,000.

You can also buy in at the venue for €300+€40 cash.

Date Time Tournament
Thursday 23 February 5:00pm Grand Prix Cork Day 1a
Friday 24 February 5:00pm Grand Prix Cork Day 1b
Saturday 25 February 3:00pm Grand Prix Cork Day 1c
Sunday 26 February 1:00pm Grand Prix Cork Day 2

Grand Prix Cork: What to expect

Grand Prix Cork

Be prepared to party the night away.

Friday: Welcome Drinks

If you have qualified for Grand Prix Cork online at partypoker and you like free food and drinks — who doesn’t like free food and drinks? — then you are in luck because between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm on Friday 24 February, during the tournament’s dinner break, there is an exclusive welcome reception. This is exclusively for online qualifiers – a thank you for your continued support from all of us at partypoker!

Saturday: Player Party

To bring everyone together, we will be throwing a Player Party from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Saturday 25 February, open to all players in the Grand Prix Cork Main Event. Taking place t the Gresham Metropole Hotel, this shindig sees plenty of free drinks on the menu plus a live performance from the band Duffys Cut.

partypoker Lounge

Taking a break from the tables? Cheering on a friend? Knocked out? Then come and join us in the partypoker lounge. While we’re always up for a chat about poker, a game of darts or getting to know new friends over a drink or two, we’ll also have a host of goodies to give away and games to play.

This includes:

  • Merchandise competitions.
  • Darts-related challenges with goody bags and Title Fight tickets to be won.
  • Beat the partypoker pro’s scores.

Grand Prix Cork: The Macau Sporting Club

Macau Sporting Club has a 6,000 square foot gaming floor with a dedicated slot machine area and a restaurant. The 20-table poker room has one of the best atmospheres in the world and couple with some token Irish hospitality you couldn’t ask for more.

Cash games will run, space permitting, throughout the Grand Prix Cork weekend.

Grand Prix Cork: Getting to the tournament

Getting to the Macau club is easy thanks to Ireland being well connected. The casino is only a 15-minute drive from Cork Airport where there are dozens of direct flights from the UK and Europe.

Those of you willing to drive, or travel by road, for a little longer can fly to Shannon Airport which is a two-hour drive away. Shannon accepts international flights from cities such as Boston, New York and London.

A three-hour drive away is Dublin International, which has almost 100 flights every week from all across the USA and hundreds of flight from the UK and across Europe.

Grand Prix Cork: Where to stay in Cork

Cork city

Cork City from the South Bridge. Image courtesy of William M via Flickr.


There are several hotels in and around Cork so you should find somewhere to rest your weary head. The list below shows just a small selection, and distance from the casino, that you can try out:

  • The Metropole Hotel – two-minute walk
  • Hotel Isaacs – two-minute walk
  • Jurys Inn – five minutes walk
  • Clayton Hotel – five minutes walk
  • The Imperial Hotel – 10-minute walk

Grand Prix Cork: Things to do away from the casino

Obviously, you’ll be planning to spend all weekend playing poker in the Macau Sporting Club but plans don’t always work out. Thankfully, Cork is a city brimming with things to do including the Fota Wildlife Park for those of you who live to be at one with nature, the famous Old English Market / City market where you can pick up some real bargains with your winnings (or indulge in some retail therapy if you dropped out early). And a stroll along the beautiful Cork Harbour is our preferred way to relieve the stresses of poker play.

Cork harbour

No better way to lift the stress of play than a walk along the waterfront. Image courtesy of psyberartist via Flickr.

Grand Prix Cork: A little about Cork

Cork is located in the South-West of Ireland in the province of Munster, a province famous for its love of rugby. With a population of 125,622, Cork is the third most populous city in Ireland.

For a breath of fresh air you can take a stroll down next to the River Lee on which Cork is built. Head to the Cork Harbour and you can say you have visited one of the world’s largest natural harbours.

Those of you who are foodies may want to sample some of Cork’s traditional foods such as crubeens (pig’s feet), tripe, or drisheen (a type of black pudding). If those foods aren’t making you salivate, you’ll find a range of Thai and Chinese restaurants, Middle-Eastern food and even French patisseries dotted around the city thanks to the diverse culture Cork boasts of.

Wanting to sample a tipple before heading to bed? You’ll be pleased to know that Cork is the home to the Heineken Brewery that brews the delicious Murphy’s Irish Stout, and you need not worry about being able to satisfy your sweet tooth because 45% of the world’s Tic Tac sweets are manufactured in the city’s Ferrero factory!


Grand Prix Cork: Join the party!

Even if you can’t hop on a plane and join us on the Emerald Isle, you can stay up to date throughout the whole event by following our new @partypokerLIVE channel.


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