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Back to the Irish Open

by Jennifer Mason |  Published: Jul 01, 2009

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I often ask players’, for interview purposes or just out of curiosity, what their must-attend tournaments are in a year’s cycle. The one that crops up most often (if you discount the nebulous World Series of Poker) is the Irish Open, narrowly pipping the Amsterdam Master Classics to the title of best loved. There have been chaotic years, record-breaking years, cramped years, and highly efficient years (like the Paddy Power Poker sponsored 2009 event) but there is always a huge buzz about the Open, which has a long history of attracting players from around the globe. Started long before fields topping 700 were imaginable in a big buy-in tournament, the original Irish Open was the brainchild of Terry Rogers, whose visits to Vegas had suggested that no-limit hold’em could very possibly catch on in a big way. While Benny Binion was slowly building the World Series into the monster it ...


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