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The Irish Open 2009

by Paul Burke |  Published: Jun 02, 2009


Shining brightly in a poker world darkened by ongoing economic turmoil, the Irish Open 2009 defied the odds and boasted an even bigger field than in the previous year. A grand total of 700 players returned to Citywest Hotel in Dublin, the scene of Neil Channing’s victory the year before, and with each player ponying up €3,500 to take part, a healthy prizepool of €2,240,000 and first prize of €600,000 was at the centre of each participant’s attention. The Terry Rogers Memorial Trophy has always been one of the most sought-after in poker and 2009 proved no exception, as the best of the best lined up to stake their claim. Former Irish Open champions Channing and Marty Smyth were in attendance, along with a large contingent of “old school” Irish professionals, legendary warriors of the felt such as the always popular Padraig Parkinson, three-time Irish Open champion and former ...

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