Canadian Brian Morgan is an avid Irish Open fan and has been travelling to Dublin to compete every year since 2017.
Born and raised in Montreal, he first started playing poker for fun in home games with friends when he was around 18 years old. Since then, he has juggled his work commitments as a healthcare professional with his passion for the game and makes regular poker trips around the world including Vegas, Monte Carlo and the Caribbean.
Since he started playing competitively, Brian has amassed more than $260,000 in live tournament winnings including a final table in a $600 WPT Borgata deepstack tournament in 2020 where he finished fourth for $135,206. He also has numerous Irish Open cashes to his name.
Brian said: “Although I was born in Montreal, my family come from Newfoundland and I’m very proud of my Newfoundland roots. I think it’s why I have such an affinity with Ireland as it reminds me a lot of Newfoundland. Ireland is honestly my favourite place to go to. I am always telling people how great my experiences have been at the Irish Open and I recommend it to all my poker friends. It really is an amazing event and every year I can’t wait to come back.”
“If I could, I’d play poker full time. Along with golf, it’s a real passion of mine and I love all aspects of tournament poker especially Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha.”
Some of Brian’s favourite moments at the Irish Open have been watching his friends take down tournaments including fellow Canadian Nick Basile winning the Heads-up tournament in 2019 and Elizabeth Bennett-Martin winning the Ladies Event in 2023.
Fellow Canadians now have a wealth of options to qualify online for Irish Poker Open 2024. PokerStars are offering satellites in Ontario while iPoker sites Bet365, Champion Poker, Coolbet, Guts, Redstar, TitanBet and William Hill are all offering satellites in Canadian states excluding Ontario.