Irish TV host aims to raise €10,000 for charity at International Poker Open

Irish TV host aims to raise €10,000 for charity at International Poker Open

Friday, 1 October 2010

TV host Aidan Cooney will have more reason than most to make a deep run at next month's International Poker Open. The Ireland AM presenter has teamed up with Boyle Poker to try and raise funds for ORBIS International, a charity that helps fight blindness in the developing world.

Cooney has already bagged €500 for ORBIS but that total will go up to €1,500 if he makes Day 2 and €10,000 should he win the the best attended event in Europe.

"Every little helps when it comes to a charity like ORBIS and I'm delighted to have €500 bagged already, but it's safe to say reaching the €10,000 mark will prove a little tougher!" said Cooney.
"Getting the €10,000 would be amazing but if I reach day 2, Boylepoker have guaranteed €2,000 for my charity. I think this should be my first goal, considering the last time I played cards was when I was a child!"

The €180+€20 Boyle Poker International Poker Open takes place at the Regency Hotel in Dublin from 15th to 17th October with satellites up and running now. Germany's Markus Sippe outlasted a bumper field of 1,440 runner to take the $62,250 first prize. This year's prize pool is an estimated €250,000 with Boyle Poker sweetening the pot by €25,000.

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