Paddy Power Poker Pays Scots

It makes sense in a cosmic sort of way; the winners of the first ever paddypowerpoker.com poker event, called the Grand Slam, are a team of poker players from Scotland. Held at the Star City Casino in Birmingham on January 11th and 12th, the Grand Slam saw teams from all over the United Kingdom as well as parts of Europe. Sweden, France, Wales, England, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and, of course, Scotland, all were represented by teams of poker players.
The team prize of ˆ110,000 was paid out to the Scots, and there were individual prizes of ˆ50,000, ˆ30,000 and ˆ20,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively…

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Tue, January 17th, 2006

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  • WHEEL - A-2-3-4-5. Usually discussed in the context of lowball where it is the best possible hand. Can also refer to a 5-high straight in high games. Also: BICYCLE.
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