The history of the Paddy Power Irish Open

When it comes to prestige, excitement and having a bloody good time, the Irish Open is still one of the biggest fixtures on Europe’s poker calendar. Back in the early 80s the Irish Open was the first no-limit hold’em tournament in Europe and was a huge draw for legendary players such as Stu Ungar and Chip Reese who came over from Vegas to sample the Irish Open’s unique blend of world-class poker, folk music and Guinness breakfasts.

As Europe’s longest-running tournament it has only gone from strength to strength with top players such as Neil Channing, Marty Smyth and 2012 champion Kevin Vandersmissen etching their name on the trophy. The 2014 Irish Open is fast approaching – it plays out April 18-21, meaning it’s time to step up your satellite game. You can qualify on Paddy Power for as little as €1 now and play for a life-changing sum of money in April. 

Meanwhile, check out this fascinating infographic from the boys at Paddy Power Poker and see why the Irish Open is such a legendary event. 

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