Friday, 23 November 2012
Tournament sponsor paddypowerpoker.com has unveiled details of the 2013 Irish Open and there are a number of changes to report, the most significant being a big reduction in the buy-in.
Next year's tournament, which will be held at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin from 29 March until 1 April, will have a buy-in of €2,000+€250 compared to €3,200+€300 in 2012. "Europe's favourite poker tournament is back but after listening to players on the ground we've decided to lower the Irish Open buy in and open the event up to suit many more pockets,” said Paddy Power, spokesman for Paddy Power Poker. “It still has the same prestige, the same history, and the same great value like Sole Survivor.”The popular Sole Survivor competition makes a welcome return with the player lasting longest in the Irish Open walking away with a €50,000 cash bonus as well as buy-ins to the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2014 Irish Open. Anyone who qualifies for the Irish Open main event at paddypowerpoker.com is eligible to take part in the Sole Survivor contest.Weekly Irish Open main event satellites start this Sunday, 25 November at 8 pm at paddypowerpoker.com. A trio of Irish Open packages worth €3,200 are guaranteed in a €160 + €16 NLHE freezeout. Each package includes the full main event buy-in plus €395 for five nights accommodation at the Burlington Hotel as well as €525 for flights and spending.Qualifiers also run on Mondays at 8pm (€30 + €3 no-limit hold''em rebuy/add with one Irish Open seat guaranteed) and on Thursday at 8 p.m. (€100 + €9 no-limit hold''em freezeout with one seat guaranteed).“This year we''re aiming to make it bigger than ever and that means more chances to qualify, better value for all and tons more fun as we bring poker back to the people in Dublin!" added Paddy Power.Belgian Kevin Vandersmissen won last year's Irish Open, pocketing €420,000 after outlasting a 501 runner field. We caught up with the champ shortly after his big win.Try and qualify for next year's Irish Open at paddypowerpoker.com with a first deposit bonus of up to $2,000.
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