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Card Player Poker Tour: Thirty Three Years of Irish Poker – Part VI

Jenny Hegarty Becomes Third Woman to Win the Irish Open and Hendon Mob Original Joe Beevers is Added to the List of Champions

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Joe BeeversThe Paddy Power Poker Irish Open is now part of the Card Player Poker Tour. With a colorful history spanning more than three decades, the Irish Open is sure to add additional buzz and excitement to the CPPT.

The longest running tournament in Europe and the second longest running tournament in the world, behind only the World Series of Poker, the Irish Open will crown its newest champion April 18-21 in Dublin, Ireland.

There are two years unaccounted for in our look back at history, 1995 and 1997, and it’s possible there was no tournament during those years. Rogers passed away in 1999 and there is a chance, due to age and illness, the tournament did not happen – at least not in a formal sense – during those two years. Paddy Power Poker and Card Player were unable to find records of the Irish Open during that time.

2001

Jenny Hegarty, a 72-year old grandmother, became the third woman to win the Irish Open. To date only three women hold that distinction –Irene Tier, Colette Doherty and Hegarty.

2002

Nick Bernie’s name was added to the list of champions.

2003

British pro and Hendon Mob original Joe Beevers won the Irish Open for just under $55,000. To date, Beevers holds nine career titles and 59 cashes and has more than $2.2 million in live tournament earnings. At the time, his Irish Open win was his second largest career cash.

2004

Popular Northern Ireland pro Ivan Donaghy won the title.

2005

John Falconer turned a short stack into a title when he won the 2005 Irish open, besting 2000 Irish Open champion Alan Betson heads-up. Falconer outlasted a field of 170 players for the win.

2006

Vincent Melinn’s one and only recorded career cash came in big fashion when he won the 2006 Irish open for $423,647.

2007

Belfast native Marty Smyth picked one of his seven career titles when he won the 2007 Irish Open for $867,456, which was his largest cash at the time. Currently, Smyth has more than $3.7 million in live career earnings and holds one seven-figure cash – a first place finish in the 2008 Ladbrokes Poker Million VII for a cool $1,000,000.

For more information about the CPPT and the Irish Open, click here.