MILLIONS Irish Poker Festival – The Card Protection Team

Most players simply put a small value chip on their cards, to prevent a live hand from being accidentally swept by the dealer. This happens sometimes, especially if you’re sitting next to the dealer, but the rules of poker state that it’s the player’s responsibility to protect their hand, so it’s a good idea to place something on your cards for means your hand is still alive.

Some players bring mascots with them that they could use for this purpose if they occupy seat 1 or 8, but otherwise place them next to or on top of their pile of tokens, perhaps as good luck charms.

If you use one, you may want to place it on top of your pile of high-value tokens when you go on break, just to allay fears that a token might go missing. Most poker rooms are pretty good at holding on to chips during breaks, so it’s not something you really need to worry about, but it can certainly prevent any paranoia or a decrease in chip stack during breaks.

We haven’t seen many lucky mascot card protectors at the tables this week, which isn’t surprising, as the “natural luck of the Irish” seems to be enough for most local players. But our sharp-eyed photographer, Brian Ó hÉideáin, spotted a few. The little glass duck in the header photo is Andrew Hedley’s mascot. I’m not sure how lucky he was this week, but at the time of writing he was still a contender for the MILLIONS main event. Darren Harbinson’s Blue Rabbit is also still in contention in the main event, opening up the possibility of a duck and rabbit fight at the final table.

Another one that caught our attention is the dragon belonging to Maximilian Sanders. We asked him if he had a name and he doesn’t, so we have the option to help name him. We might have a competition on this in a few days, so keep a close eye on the Party Poker social media accounts on this.

Then there’s the Diddy Kong Kart mascot who accompanied Thomas Murphy on his glorious rampage earlier in the week, when he pocketed all the big prizes in the Mystery Bounty tournament, en route to winning the title and trophy. Come on DK!

And finally, who could be the owner of this card protector?

Andy Black of course! Do you want to know what it is? Learn more here.

Jonathan Raab

Irish Poker Festival Media Coordinator

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