The Irish Open - Europe's longest established poker tournament

Nick Wilby - 14 Apr 2011
The Irish Open, Europe’s longest established poker tournament, was first held in 1981 by the late, great Terry Rogers. Terry had visited Vegas and befriended legends such as Benny Binion, Johnny Moss and Doyle Brunson, taking a keen interest in No Limit Texas Holdem, a variation of the game previously unknown outside the US.

Upon returning to Ireland Terry established the Irish Open which became instrumental in spreading No Limit Holdem’s popularity throughout Ireland and across Europe.

The five day tournament is now officially the longest running No Limit Texas Hold 'em poker tournament in Europe and second longest in the world after the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas.

The world famous event continues to attract the best players in the world and some of the richest poker stars on the planet descend on the Burlington Hotel to play in the main event or one of the growing number of side events each year.

Unfortunately for poker fanatics, access to the tournament has previously been limited and it has been difficult to watch the action as and when it happens.

Fortunately for fans of No Limit Texas Hold 'em, we’ll be streaming all the action from the Paddy Power Irish Poker Open live online so you don’t mean to miss a single hand at the world famous event.


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