Europe’s longest-running poker tournament, the Irish Open, returns on April 3 with the 34th annual instalment of arguably the most-fun live event of the year.
First organised in 1981 by the legendary bookmaker Terry Rogers, the Irish Open has grown in size and stature and is now one of the must-play live poker tournaments in the world each year. Now sponsored by Irish gambling giant Paddy Power, the 2015 edition of the Irish Open costs €3,500 to enter and for that sizeable sum players receive a generous helping of 30,000 chips and play to 60-minute blinds.
When the Irish Open ran in 2014 it was Patrick Clarke who emerged victorious and walked away with the massive €200,000 first prize. However, Clarke was credited with €250,000 thanks to Paddy Power Poker gifting him an additional €50,000 courtesy of him being the last Paddy Power Poker qualifier in the field – Clarke has qualified for only €4.
Clarke should be at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin in an attempt to defend his title, but he’ll have a hard time doing so when you consider the best of UK & Irish poker looks set to descend on the Irish capital plus the likes of international stars Mike Sexton, and Kara Scott.
In addition to the eagerly anticipated four-day Main Event, April 4’s €1,000+€125 Liam Flood Memorial tournament is sure to be one of the best attended on the schedule. Flood, one of poker’s legends, won the Irish Open in 1990 and again in 1996 (he also finished second in 1984), but “The Gentleman” sadly passed away on August 16, 2014 aged 71.
With pot limit Omaha, turbo tournaments, Win the Button, a Irish Open “Mini” and more on the agenda there is something for everyone to get their teeth into between April 3-6.
2015 Paddy Power Poker Irish Open Schedule
|Thu 2 Apr||7:00pm||€200+€25 rebuy Super Satellite to the Irish Open Main Event|
|Fri 3 Apr||1:00pm||€3,200+€300 Irish Open Main Event Day 1|
|Fri 3 Apr||8:00pm||€100+€15 with €50 rebuys Satellite to Liam Flood Memorial|
|Sat 4 Apr||12:00pm||Irish Open Main Event Day 2|
|Sat 4 Apr||2:00pm||€1,000+€125 Liam Flood Memorial Day 1|
|Sat 4 Apr||8:00pm||€200+€25 Turbo Win The Button|
|Sun 5 Apr||12:00pm||Irish Open Main Event Day 3|
|Sun 5 Apr||1:00pm||Liam Flood Memorial Day 2|
|Sun 5 Apr||1:00pm||€300+€35 Irish Open Mini Day 1|
|Sun 5 Apr||3:00pm||€700+€85 Pot Limit Omaha Double Chance|
|Sun 5 Apr||8:00pm||€150+€20 NL Hold’em Turbo|
|Mon 6 Apr||12:00pm||Irish Open Main Event Day 4|
|Mon 6 Apr||1:00pm||Irish Open Mini Day 2|
|Mon 6 Apr||2:00pm||€125+€25+€25 NL Hold’em Scalps|
Are you heading to the 2015 Irish Open? Are you confident of following in the footsteps of past champions such as Flood, Neil Channing, Marty Smyth, and James Mitchell? Let us know in the comments box below.