Hi @sgriff and thanks for the advice. I don't know which day to play but I'm thinking of heading for Dublin on the ferry from Holyhead so time isn't an issue as I can leave as and when I like. Do you have any thoughts on best time to play, I really, really don't expect to run deep, I'm only doing it for the whole experience, so any advice from you or comm. members would be greatly appreciated.
@GR1ZZL3R playing day 1a gives an advantage of a rest day before day 2 if you progress. But if you aren't expecting too much then day 1b might be better. There is nothing worse than being knocked out on day 1a before the welcome party. Done that too. It's depressing knowing you are finished when loads of others are excited about playing the next day.
One last consideration is the timing of the side events if you want to play them. No info available yet.
you should already have received a congratulation email a while ago, did you check your spam folder? I can ask the team to re-send it if you can't find it.
Registration forms should be sent out later this week, latest next week, so you will be able to choose your starting day.
If you choose day 1a, hotel is Wednesday-Sunday, if you play day 1b, it can be Thursday-Monday as far as I know.
More info will be available when you get the registration form.
Regarding travel money, I checked your account and you received it already just a few days after qualifying.
I confirm that I did receive the e-mails, but they contained very little info. The one on 8/8 stated well done on winning but we don't know when or where it will be held but 'Please bear with us for just a little bit longer ', and the one on 4/9 (5 weeks ago) confirmed the dates and City (but not hotel).I asked separately for details of the schedule as I wanted to play the deep stack open event if there was one, but that info couldn't be provided either.
Since then I have seen the schedule very recently (thanks to social media) and heard this week that the hotel is the Bonnington Hotel & Leisure Centre (social media again). I guess my frustration is the long delay in hearing anything to the extent I've gone ahead and booked flights and taken a chance I will get the hotel nights I need, rather than risk the flights going up in price nearer the time as was the case when I went to Malta and was waiting for e-mails to be answered over several weeks. That cost me over an extra £100 (or over £200 if I had taken my wife on that occasion). Work also wanted me to confirm when I would be on holiday. It's also meant I've had to skip the deep stack open as I didn't know when it would be, if at all. That's why I'm frustrated, but also know it will be worth it once I get there based on previous events..