For the fourth time, Unibet Poker announces they will be sponsoring the International Poker Open and will be holding scores of satellites in advance of the event this October.
Held yearly since 2007, the IPO festival is one of the longest-running and most popular poker events in Europe, with an estimated prize pool worth €250,000. Last year's event was held online in response to the lockdown measures. For this year 2021, it will once more be held live, which will take place at Dublin's Bonnington Hotel from October 20-25.
International Poker Open
- Sponsored by Unibet Poker
- When: October 20 to 25, 2021
- Where: Bonnington Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
- Main Event Prize Pool: €250,000
- Entry Fee: €300
- 6 Days of Events
The IPO attracts around an average one thousand entries for its Main Event, and organizers anticipate this year's prize pool to exceed €250,000. Players from all over Ireland, UK and the rest of Europe are expected to come and participate. Many Unibet players will be joining in thanks to winning their seats online.
IPO Main Event
For the 2021 Main Event, there will be six start flights, with one re-entry per flight including an online Day 1 on Unibet Poker starting at 9pm CEST on Sunday October 17.
The live Day 1s start with Day 1a at 2pm on Thursday October 21, and Day 1b the same time on Friday October 22, and Day 1c at 2pm on Saturday October 23. All three initial start flights have 40-minute blind levels.
Day 1d is a "reduced clock" flight turbo with 20-min clock starting at 8pm on Saturday while Day 1e is a Hyper Turbo with ten-minute blind levels, kicking off at 9:30am on Sunday October 24 - before the start of Day 2 at 1pm. All Day 1 players start with a 30,000 stack.
Overall, there are 17 various tournaments on schedule including the flagship €550 High Roller along with a €120 PLO Double Chance, many €100 Nightly Freezeouts, a couple of €120 Progressive Knockouts, a €120 #QUEENRULES Ladies Event, €120 No Limit Hold'em Mini Main and several super satellites for the Main Event and High Roller.
Unibet Poker Satellites
Satellites have already started on Unibet Poker on Thursday, September 9, with at least two €1 Step 1 "Flip" satellites per day. There were also at least two Step 2 €5 NL re-entries each day guaranteeing six seats into the weekly €33 qualifier. All the feeder satellites feature rebuys and add-ons.
The first of the €33 qualifiers was this Sunday September 12 at 9pm. The weekly qualifiers, which offer nine seats guaranteed for the International Poker Open Main Event, will happen every Sunday at 9pm CET until mid-October. At the last live IPO in 2019, there were nearly 100 Main Event players who won their seats online on Unibet.
Among those who are looking forward to playing in this year's €260 + €40 Main Event are Irish Unibet Ambassadors, podcast award winners and IPO regulars Dara O'Kearney and David Lappin.
O'Kearney said, "I'm absolutely thrilled that live poker is coming back, and that the first event is in my home town. Ireland is always an amazing place to play, and the IPO is a great event with lots of history."
Lappin said, "The IPO is an extra special event on the Irish poker calendar and I know that it is with great pride that Unibet Poker have sponsored it for the past few years. There such a pent-up desire for live poker right now - and players deserve a fun weekend after such a long break. I think this event will be huge!"
The IPO is headed by Nick O'Hara along with his brilliant team who are renowned for providing the highest levels of game integrity and professionalism. One of the world's top tournament directors, Nick has been running the IPO since 2013. The IPO Live Games Manager is Antonio Pataj while the Senior Tournament Floor is Glenn Doyle.
Unibet Open's Head of Events and Sponsorship Nataly Sopacuaperu said, "We're so happy to be sponsoring the International Poker Open yet again. This year's festival will probably be one of the first major festivals to resume as a live event so we are anticipating big numbers and a very special atmosphere. Certainly, the IPO has always been one of the highlights of the European poker calendar and Dublin is an amazing place to play. Unibet loves coming to Ireland and, with dozens of satellites running on Unibet, there are going to be numerous chances for players to win their seat for as little as €1."