International Poker Open 2008 Sets Attendance Record

International Poker Open 2008 Sets Attendance Record

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

The International Poker Open 2008 was won last weekend in dramatic fashion by Irishman Ruairi Coy who lifted the title and €37,530 after beating French challenger Max Decorne in the small hours of Monday morning. Coy was a little worried too, as he was due to go to work just two hours later!

The event set a new attendance record for a field outside of the U.S. with 1,300 players from 17 countries taking part in the €135 + €15 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament at the Recency Airport Hotel in Dublin. The prize pool swelled to €205,000 with €32,000 added by

Coy said after his win, “What an incredible event, I just can’t believe I won it. Playing against the likes of legends like Padraig Parkinson and Marty Smyth was a dream come true but to beat 1,300 players is out of this world. I can’t believe I have to go to work now. I hope they give me the day off!”

Coy took the chip lead going into the final table, which he then converted into the tournament victory. The final hand saw Coy get his money in with A-7 against his opponent's K-8, and ace high was good enough to hold up and keep the title in Ireland for another year.

Paul Spillane, head of poker at congratulated Coy on his win. "Beating the biggest event field of players outside America is a unique achievement and one he’ll be able to enjoy forever. The success of the event was down to the hard work of the huge team involved and to the players who really got into the spirit of the tournament. So, a sincere thanks to all of them and we’re already looking forward to next year.”

Some of the best European poker pros turned up for the event, including Andy Black, Neil Channing, Ian Frazer, Mad Marty Wilson, and BoylePoker pros Marty Smyth and Padraig Parkinson.

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