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Poker Champs Confirmed For Irish Open

Big Names Sign Up For This Year's Irish Open


Dan HarringtonThose looking forward to the Irish Open 2011 should be even more excited to hear the latest names confirmed for the €3,200 + €300 buy-in main event.

World Series of Poker bracelet holders Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Alan Smurfit, and Dan Harrington are now on the list, as are European Poker Tour champions Julian Thew and Roberto Romanello, plus snooker hero Ken Doherty and football legend Tony Cascarino. Not to forget previous champions Marty Smyth and Neil Channing. Those who may find themselves seated next to a big name may want to do some homework on their potential opponents, why not get some insight by checking out our chat with Romanello about a key hand in his victory at EPT Prague.

Smurfit and Thew qualified for the prestigious event online at, therefore they will be among the group of Sole Survivors battling it out to be the last Paddy Power Poker qualifier standing and whoever it is will take home an extra €100,000 on top of any cash they may win. There are currently 75 Sole Survivors and that includes last year’s survivor Rob Sherwood who will be defending his title as he has qualified once again via the site.

Paddy Power, Communications Manager for, said, “There will be a great mix of players at the Irish Open, including World Champion poker players, legendary sporting heroes and many recreational players who have had some luck and have qualified for the Irish Open via satellites. Only in poker will an amateur player find themselves competing against the best in the world and still have every chance of coming out on top!

“Our Sole Survivor promotion has attracted some of the biggest players around who are now qualifying for the Irish Open on This year’s Sole Survivors will have some tough competition on their hands with a WSOP bracelet winner and an EPT winner in direct competition for the extra 100k package!”

The Irish Open will kick off at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on Apr. 22 so there is still time to qualify. The 30 Packages Guaranteed Mega Satellite takes place on Sunday, Apr. 3 at 8 p.m. and does exactly what it says on the tin, but other than that there are lots of other daily satellites currently on the go.

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