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The Irish Poker Open’s illustrious past

Thousands of poker players from all over the world will be making their annual pilgrimage to Dublin in a couple of months to take part in the Irish Poker Open. The €1 million guaranteed event – which is taking place at the Royal Dublin Society from April 3 to April 10 ­– is considered an absolute must on the international…

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Aiming deep for 2023: Ian Simpson celebrates ten years since his Irish Open victory

It’s now ten years since Ian Simpson won the Irish Poker Open in Dublin for a monster cash of €265,000. It was a moment that means a lot more to him though than just a tournament title because – only minutes after lifting the trophy aloft – Ian got down on bended knee and proposed to his then-girlfriend Emma. Who, of course,…

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Steve O’Dwyer to defend title at Irish Open 2023

Legendary poker player and 2022 Irish Open champion Steve O’Dwyer will be competing at this year’s tournament to defend his Main Event title. O’Dwyer, who has lived in Dublin for over ten years, won a stunning victory in the city last year when he smashed through a field of more than 2,000 entries to take down the €1,150 buy-in event.…

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Canucks galore – why Canadians fly more than 3,000 miles to compete at the Irish Open

Every year hundreds of Canadians make their way to Dublin to compete in the Irish Poker Open. It’s an annual migration that many of them wouldn’t miss for the world – and they rank the event their favourite overseas tournament. For Canadians, the Irish Open is all about the “craic” – getting together with old friends, making new friends, listening to…

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Satellites get going on iPoker; feeders as little as €0.50

Satellites are now up and running on the iPoker network for April’s €1,150 buy-in Irish Poker Open Main Event. The network is providing a huge selection of feeders – from as little as €0.50 – into direct qualifiers that will be running multiple times a day. Both seat-only tickets and full €2,250 packages are up for grabs. The iPoker provision means…

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Steve O’Dwyer: the interview that moved Laura Cornelius to tears  …

Poker presenter Laura Cornelius has hosted the Irish Open more times than she can count but it was last year’s winner interview with poker legend Steve O’Dwyer that has had the biggest impact on her. O’Dwyer, who has won more than $33 million in live tournaments and has more than 30 victories to his name, is normally a reserved and…

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How the Hendon Mob set up the world’s first poker tournament live stream at the 2003 Irish Open

Hendon Mob co-founder Joe Beevers loves the Irish Open – and not just because he’s a former champion. The Hertfordshire-based player has been a regular for decades and – back in the day – attended the event every year with his fellow Hendon Mobsters Ram Vaswami, Barny Boatman and Ross Boatman. This year’s festival is running April 3-10 at the Royal Dublin Society…

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PokerStars Irish Open satellites go live

Irish Open satellites are now live on PokerStars with at least 23 entries to April’s Main Event guaranteed every single week. The PokerStars schedule is one of the biggest satellite programmes that the site has ever run and guarantees that hundreds of players will win seats – or full prize packages – to the event. The Irish Open is the longest-running No…

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PokerStars to launch huge schedule of Irish Open satellites

PokerStars is ringing in the New Year by launching a massive schedule of satellites for the Irish Poker Open – starting on January 1 and running right up to the night before the €1 million guaranteed event kicks off in April. The PokerStars schedule is one of the biggest satellite programmes that the site has ever run and guarantees that hundreds…

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Paddy Power plays Santa with Irish Open satellites over holiday period

Paddy Power will certainly be spreading the love this Christmas with a bunch of seats into next year’s €1 million guaranteed Irish Poker Open Main Event up for grabs. The popular site is playing Santa throughout the holiday period with three online qualifiers including a special satellite on December 28 with five €1,150 seats guaranteed. Tomorrow, on Christmas Day, there’s…

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Welcome to Chris Dowling, first Irish Poker Open Ambassador!

Welcome to Chris Dowling, first Irish Poker Open Ambassador! The Irish Poker Open is delighted to announce that Chris Dowling has become our very first Ambassador and is ready to spread the word about the festival far and wide. Chris’s role will be to raise awareness of the Irish Poker Open both at home in Ireland and overseas, and help…

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Satellites underway for Irish Poker Open

Online satellites are running now for the €1 million guaranteed Main Event at next year’s Irish Poker Open. The festival, the longest-running No Limit Hold’em tournament in the world outside of Vegas, is taking place in April 2023 at the historic Royal Dublin Society. The Irish Poker Open has a long association with the world’s biggest online poker operators and…

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Irish Open appoints MainEventTravel.com

Through MainEventTravel.com, the 2023 Irish Poker Open is offering exclusive deals at Herbert Park, the Clayton Ballsbridge, and the Maldron Hotel. The partnership with MainEventTravel.com also means that players can book their accommodation, flights, and Main Event buy-ins all in one place.

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Irish Open heads to a new venue for 2023

The Irish Open has a brand new home for 2023 with the eight-day festival taking place at the Royal Dublin Society in Ballsbridge, Dublin for the first time.

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Steve O’Dwyer wins Irish Open 2022 for €318,700

The Irish Poker Open main event returned to the live felt in 2022, after two years of being held online during the pandemic. There was apparently plenty of pent-up demand for live action, as the €1,150 buy-in no-limit hold’em event attracted a record live field of 2,040 entries to the Citywest Hotel in Dublin to build a prize pool of…

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Dates set for legendary Irish Open 2022

After a two-year hiatus, the Irish Poker Open, one of Europe’s most popular poker tournaments, will be back in April with an eight-day festival at CityWest in Dublin. For many poker players, the Irish Open is their favourite tournament of the year. With its legendary atmosphere and a raft of exciting tournaments, the Irish Open always offers players a terrific…

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