Massive 2018 Irish Poker Open Schedule Starts March 12

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  • The wait for the 2018 Irish Open is almost over, the first event shuffles up on Mar. 12.

Great news for those of you who have been itching to play in the 2018 Irish Poker Open because the wait it almost over; the first of 20 scheduled events commences on Mar. 12.

The 2018 Irish Open takes place at the Citywest Hotel from Mar. 12-19 and includes a Main Event featuring a huge €1 million guaranteed prize pool. Day 1a of the 2018 Irish Open Main Event shuffles up at 2:00 p.m. on Mar. 14 with Day 1b starting at the same time on Mar. 15. Subsequent days also start at 2:00 p.m.

2018 Irish Open Schedule

DateTimeTournament
Mon 12 Mar4:00 p.m.Event 1 - Irish Open €350 NLH 6-Max
 6:00 p.m.Event 2 - €150 NLH Deepstack 6-Max
 8:00 p.m.Event 3 - €80 Irish Open Satellite - 5 Seats Gtd
Tue 13 Mar1:00 p.m.Event 4 - Irish Open €350 NLH Heads-Up Round 1
 3:00 p.m.Event 4 - Irish Open €350 NLH Heads-Up Round 2
 4:00 p.m.Event 5 - Irish Open €2,000 High Roller 8-Max
 5:00 p.m.Event 4 - Irish Open €350 NLH Heads-Up Quarter Final
 6:00 p.m.Event 6 - €150 PLO Deepstack 6-Max
 8:00 p.m.Event 7 - €100 Irish Open Satellite - 10 seats Gtd
Wed 14 Mar12:00 p.m.Event 4 - Irish Open €350 NLH Heads-Up Semi Final
 2:00 p.m.Event 4 - Irish Open €350 NLH Heads-Up Final
 2:00 p.m.Event 8 - €1,150 Irish Open Main Event Day 1a
 4:00 p.m.Event 9 - €150 PLO 6-Max Deepstack
 6:00 p.m.Event 10 - €150 NLH Deepstack Turbo
 8:00 p.m.Event 11 - Irish Open Satellite - 20 seats Gtd
Thu 15 Mar2:00 p.m.€1,150 Irish Open Main Event Day 1b
 6:00 p.m.Event 12 - €150 Round of Each (NLH/PLO)
 8:00 p.m.Event 13 - €150 NLH Deepstack Turbo
Fri 16 Mar2:00 p.m.Irish Open Main Event Day 2
 4:00 p.m.Event 14 - €550 JP Poker Masters Day 1
 6:00 p.m.Event 15 - €150 NLH Deepstack Turbo
 8:00 p.m.Event 16 - Irish Open €350 PLO 6-Max Day 1
Sat 17 Mar2:00 p.m.Event 14 - JP Poker Masters Final Day
 2:00 p.m.Event 16 - Irish Open €350 PLO 6-Max Final Day
 2:00 p.m.Event 8 - Irish Open Main Event Day 3
 4:00 p.m.Event 17 - Liam Flood Memorial €350 6-Max Turbo
 6:00 p.m.Event 18 - €150 PLO Deepstack Turbo
 8:00 p.m.Event 19 - €150 NLH Deepstack Turbo
Sun 18 Mar2:00 p.m.Event 20 - €250 Mini Irish Open Day 1
 2:00 p.m.Event 8 - Irish Open Main Event Day 4
 6:00 p.m.Event 21 - Irish open €250 NLH Seniors
 8:00 p.m.Event 22 - €150 PLO Deepstack Turbo
Mon 19 Nov2:00 p.m.Event 20 - Mini Irish Open Day 2
 4:00 p.m.Norwegian Championships - NLH 8-Max
 6:00 p.m.Norwegian Championships 8-Max
 8:00 p.m.Norwegian Championships - Deepstack Turbo

Griffin Benger is the reigning Irish Open Main Event champion having emerged victorious from a field of 1,129-players in 2017. Benger secured a €200,000 prize for his victory. It is not known if Benger will travel to the Emerald Isle to defend his title, but if he does the odds are stacked against him because only five players have won the Irish Open Main Event twice.

Double Irish Open Winners

PlayerYears won
Colette Doherty1980 and 1991
Mickey Finn1994 and 1998
Liam Flood1990 and 1996
Noel Furlong1987 and 1989
Jimmy Langan1983 and 1988

The Irish Open has awarded its champion some huge prizes over the past decade. James Mitchell walked away with €600,000 when he won in 2010 and Niall Smyth secured a €550,000 payout a year later. Belgian star Kevin Vandersmissen locked up €420,000 in 2012, but the first-place prize declined over the next few years, partly due to a lack of sponsorship and online satellites.

This has been rectified, which has allowed the tournament’s organisers to double the guarantee of this year’s Main Event from €500,000 to a cool €1 million. Satellites for the Main Event are still available online on several iPoker Network sites such as Betfair Poker, and Paddy Power Poker, plus partypoker is running satellites.

This Decade’s Irish Open Champions

YearBuy-inEntriesChampionPrize
2017€1,2751,129Griffin Benger€200,000
2016€1,150802Dan Wilson€150,000
2015€3,500321Ioannis Triantafyllakis€209,500
2014€2,250411Patrick Clarke€200,000
2013€2,250505Ian Simpson€265,000
2012€3,500502Kevin Vandersmissen€420,000
2011€3,500615Niall Smyth€550,000
2010€3,500708James Mitchell€600,000

The Irish Open is famous for its amazing atmosphere — nobody runs poker tournaments like the Irish — but this year’s could be extra special because St. Patrick’s Day is in the middle of the festival, which is sure to have superb “craic” as the boys in green like to say.

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