On December 7, a press release says that organizers Paul O'Reilly and JP McCann have confirmed the longest-running European poker festival is set to take place at Dublin's Citywest Hotel in April 2019.
The upcoming Irish Poker Open's metaphorical pot of gold would be the main event having a guaranteed prize of €1 million/$1.14 million. Having a buy-in of €1,150/$1,140, the tourney will definitely attract some of the best players hailing from North America and Europe.
Back in 2017, it was Canadian player Griffin Benger who took down the tournament as he was the last one standing in the biggest field in the history of the Irish Poker Open. On 2018, the record of 1,129 entrants was broken when 1,348 players participated to win a piece of the prizepool that reached $1.6 million.
The organizers have created 4 starting flights for the event with the introduction of a Day 1A on Wednesday (17 April) and a Day 1D Turbo on Friday (19 April), and they said, "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."
Of course, even if the main event is the most exciting part in the Irish Poker Open, there will also be other exciting smaller tournaments and cash games put on the schedule. With the aim of making the action still very accessible to everyone who wishes to, most of the side events only have a buy-in of $300 or less. Furthermore, participants have a nice selection of formats they can play on including six-max, deepstack, turbo and heads-up tournaments.
To attract more participants, the Irish Poker Open shall also be sponsoring a series of online satellites on the iPoker Network, Betfair. Other than that, the Irish Poker Open will collaborate with partypoker, which means players can buy-in directly online to the events using their PP Live $$.
The Irish Poker Open is the longest running No Limit Texas Hold 'em poker tournament in Europe and second longest in the world after the World Series of Poker.