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Down Players launch Poker Classic Saturday 22nd May

20 May 2010

Poker tournament to raise funds for the Down Senior Football Team
WHAT:            Red and Black 1960 Poker Classic, in aid of             Down               GAA Training Fund
WHEN:            Saturday, 22nd May 2010 at 7.00pm
WHERE:         Carrickdale Hotel, Co Louth

The Down Senior Football Team and Management today announced full details of the inaugural "Red and Black 1960 Poker Classic", a not for profit poker tournament to raise funds for the Down Senior Football Team training fund.
 The launch of the event took place at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry as James McCartan and his players – team captain Ambrose Rogers, Benny Coulter, Danny Hughes and John Clarke – met  the media ahead of their eagerly anticipated clash with Donegal in the first round of the Ulster Championship on Sunday, 30th May.

With a first prize of 1960 pounds, the event will take place on Saturday, May 22nd in the Carrickdale Hotel.

Registration is £50 and participation is limited to 200 entrants. In addition to the tournament proper, cash game tables will accommodate players exiting the tournament early.

All funds generated from the event will be used to finance the Down Senior Football Team training fund.

Commenting, Manager James McCartan said that "We in Down would like to see our players have access to the very best preparatory resources as we seek to build on our recent National League campaign. The inaugural Red and Black 1960 Poker Classic is a creative way to assist the team directly and it offers our supporters and guests something different. I have no doubt that an evening of entertainment with a competitive edge will appeal to the wider GAA community and we may even see a few Tyrone or Armagh men at the tables."

Management of the event will be overseen by Tournament Director Lee Pritchard, Director of Casinos at CBN Gaming ( and a 25 year veteran of the land based casino industry.

Tournament Registration and further information:

Eamonn Connolly: +44 7515576140
Paul Blaney:         + 44 7885619616
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