The 34th edition of the Irish Open, one of the most popular poker tournaments of Europe, will begin on April 3.
The event is the brainchild of Terry Rogers, the well-known bookmaker. Launched in 1981, it has today evolved into one of the world’s finest live poker tourneys. Paddy Power, a giant online gambling company based in Ireland, will sponsor the 34th edition of the tournament. The Irish Open has a buy-in of €3,500 and 60-minute blinds, and each participant will be given a starting stack of 30,000 chips.
The winner of the Irish Open 2014 was Patrick Clarke, who won the first-place prize of €200,000. Paddy Power Poker gave him an extra bonus prize of €50,000 as he was the last man standing among those who had qualified for the event at Paddy Power Poker.
Clarke is expected to make attempts to win the title again this year, but that will be easier said than done as the best poker players in Ireland and the UK will be taking part in the event. Some of them are international poker pros such as Kara Scott and Mike Sexton.
The Main Event, which will be played over four days, will be the most anticipated event along with the €1,000+€125 buy-in Liam Flood Memorial Tournament, which is scheduled for April 4. Flood is a talented poker player who became the champion of the Irish Open in 1990 and 1996. Unfortunately, he died at the age of 71 on Aug 16, 2014. The event will also include events such as Pot Limit Omaha, Win the Button, Turbo tournaments, a Mini Irish Open, and much more. The Irish Open will conclude on April 6.
Day 1 of the €3,200+€300 buy-in Irish Open Main Event will be held on April 3. Players can qualify for it at 7:00 p.m. on April 2 by taking part in a €200+€25 buy-in Re-buy Super Satellite. Players can qualify for the Liam Flood Memorial Tournament by taking part in a €100+€15 buy-in satellite, which will be held on April 3. Day 1 of the €1,000+€125 buy-in Liam Flood Memorial Tournament will be held on April 4.
The €200+€25 buy-in Turbo Win the Button event will be played at 8:00 p.m. on April 4. Day 1 of the €300+€35 Irish Open Mini will be played at 1:00 p.m. on April 5 and the €700+€85 buy-in PL Omaha Double Chance will be played at 3:00 p.m. on April 5.