Irish poker tournament operators Paul O’Reilly and JP McCann have announced details of the 2019 Irish Poker Open which will take place between 15th April – 22th April in the prestigious Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
The buy-in for this event will remain unchanged from 2018 at €1,025 (+€125 registration fee) and the festival will once again feature a full schedule of side-events to capture the imagination of poker players at an affordable buy-in level.
2019 will see the famous event return to an Easter weekend slot and there are now four starting days for the event with the introduction of a Day 1A on Wednesday 17th April and a Day 1D Turbo on Friday 19th April. Online satellites will take place on Paddy Power and a great series of packages will be available on the IPoker Network which includes BoyleSports. Each package worth €2,500 from January 2019.
“It is always exciting to launch the Irish Poker Open each year. The 2018 event smashed its €1 million guarantee after attracting 1,348 entrants from 68 countries to generate a massive €1,347,164 prize pool. This represents a sizable 19 percent increase from the 2017 main event,” said a spokesman. “We were blown away by the support this year in the poker community and we continue to listen to all the feedback to ensure Europe’s oldest poker tournament remains the people’s tournament, with a lot of craic on the side”.
Ryan Mandara 2017 Irish Open winner
The Irish Poker Open is the longest running No Limit Texas Hold’em poker festival in Europe and the second most historic in the world after the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas. First organized in 1981 by Terry Rogers, a well-known Irish bookmaker, the tournament is now world famous for its electric atmosphere, the famous poker faces that return every year and the general craic that is had by all every night in the hotel bar.