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Christer Johansson wins Irish Open, WSOPE Schedule Announced + more

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Christer Johansson wins Irish Open

Swedish Pro

Christer Johansson

outlasted 699 players to capture one of the biggest and most coveted titles in Europe last night. He beat

Kara Scott

heads up for the €600,000 first prize and the Irish Open title, an accolade that launched the careers of Marty Smyth and Neil Channing and is certainly a great omen for the cash pro.

Most of the UK players on the rail and watching our live updates were cheering on Broadway champion Andrew Bradshaw and TV presenter Kara Scott. Scott held the chip lead for some time when the play got shorthanded and it was looking like a historic victory for the former model who has been impressing everyone with her prowess as a player over the last 12 months. This was also a great result for Bradshaw, who after winning the Broadway Festival and coming 3rd in the Liverpool Winter Festival must now be climbing the European Rankings very fast with this result:

Irish Open Final Table Payouts
1 € 600,000 Christer Johansson
2 € 312,600 Kara Scott
3 € 205,200 Andrew Pantling
4 € 163,300 Atanas Gueorguiev
5 € 130,600 Lee Brooke-Pearce
6 € 100,800 William Kassouf
7 € 74,600 Bradley Verburg
8 € 56,000 Andy Bradshaw

World Series of Poker Europe Announced

Four bracelets will be on offer in London as the WSOPE 2009 has been announced by Harrahs. The event will take place between September 18th and October 1st, once again at the Empire Casino in Leicester Square. The schedule resembles the previous years with one very noticeable, but very exciting looking, change.

Replacing the HORSE event is now a £2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha Mixed Event. This is a brilliant idea that will be very popular, because it is not only an action game but much more reflective of UK and European poker, as this will be a real bragging rights event. PLO and Pot Limit Hold'em are both considered European events, so this will go down very well indeed. It's a shame to see the HORSE event go, but that wasn't the best event for European players who don't play limit and stud games much and perhaps this is a more player friendly addition.

And of course there is the £5000 PLO, the £1500 opening no limit event and obviously the high stakes £10,000 No Limit main event. The full schedule looks like this:

Friday, Sept. 18, 2009: Event 1 £1,000+£60 — No-limit hold'em (three-day event)
Monday, Sept. 21, 2009: Event 2 £2,500+£150 — Pot-limit hold'em/pot-limit Omaha (three-day event)
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009: Event 3 £5,000+£250 — Pot-limit Omaha (three-day event)
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009: Event 4 £10,000+£350 — Main event (five-day event)

WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack commented "The World Series of Poker Europe has quickly established itself as the most prestigious tournament outside the United States. Winning a gold bracelet is recognized globally as the top prize in the sport, and we look forward to awarding four more bracelets in 2009 at the Casino at the Empire in London."

Players can register for the event in advance at the Rio in Las Vegas or any London Clubs International Venue.

Poker In The Park is Back

This summer sees the return of Poker in the Park in Leicester Square, London, between the 13th and 14th of August. It's a two day festival that features free tournaments, poker clinics with top names like Ian Frazer and plenty of opportunity to test out the best new poker products and technology. Over 10,000 people attended the free event last year and with UK poker booming at the moment, a similar number is expected this time round.

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