2012 Irish Poker Open Set to Kick OffThursday, April 5th, 2012 by Ryan
The 2012 Irish Poker Open is officially set to kick off tomorrow, and it will draw quite a bit of interest on this holiday weekend from players in or around the Dublin, Ireland area. The action will kick off at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin and this tournament series is actually the longest running poker tournament in all of Europe. The event features a €3,000 buy-in, and hands out quite a nice pay day to the eventual winner as well. You’ll find that this tournament features some of the bigger names in poker, so it consistently has some excellent poker throughout the weekend.
This series began back in 1980 and was actually started by one of the most well-known Irish poker players in the game in Terry Rodgers. Rodgers passed away back in 1999 but this definitely did not mean that the series would disappear, as another legend in Liam Flood kept it rolling and made sure that things continue to go smoothly in one of the best traditions in poker. The first ever Irish Poker Open was taken down by a player named Colette Doherty, and after that win she then became the first woman and first European player to play in the World Series of Poker’s Championship Event as well. Doherty wasn’t a well-known poker player at that point, but she also came back and won the event again back in 1991 proving that her play definitely was no fluke. She is not the only player who has won the Irish Poker Open twice though, as three men, Noel Furlong, Mickey Finn, and Liam Food have all won the event twice as well. A few other well-known players that you may have heard of who have taken this event down include Neil “Bad Beat” Channing, Alan Betson, Joe Beevers, “Mad” Marty Smyth, and Christer Johansson.
In recent years you’ve seen other popular players like Dan Harrington, Doyle and Todd Brunson, Phil Laak, Dario Mineri, Roland De Wolfe, Padraig Parkinson, and many other players play in the event. This year we are expecting another huge run of popular players, and the total number could top that of the 708 that showed up to play last year. A few of the players who have committed to playing in the tournament include Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, CArlos Mortenson, David “Devilfish” Ulliott”, Eoghan O’Dea, Carlos Mortensen, James “Flushy” Dempsey, Maria Ho, Faraz Jaka, and others.
We previously have talked about the iSeriesLIVE, which will allow live betting on the events, and there are currently odds up for the favorites to win this event. Negreanu is currently one of the three favorites in terms of odds, as he is sitting at 80 to 1 with Hellmuth and O’Dea. Jake Cody currently has odds of 125 to 1, Barny Boatman and David Vamplew are sitting at 200 to 1, and another popular pick is Smyth who is only 100 to 1 and is close behind the three favorites. This tournament already has a ton of hype around it, but adding the betting aspect into it just takes it to another level and gives poker fans another interesting thing to watch for.