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International Poker Open In Celebrity Charity Drive

TV Presenter to Play IPO To Try And Raise €10,000 For International Blindness Charity


Aidan Cooney, Nicky Power, and Marty SmythThis year’s International Poker Open will prove an additional challenge for one man, Irish TV presenter Aidan Cooney, as he aims to raise €10,000 for a charity working with blindness in developing countires.

Cooney, the well known presenter of Ireland AMon TV3, will start his challenge before the first hand is dealt with €500 for ORBIS International and will collect a further €1,500 if he makes day 2 of Europe’s largest poker tournament.

If he goes all the way to the final table he’ll collect €10,000. “Every little helps when it comes to a charity like ORBIS and I’m delighted to have €500 bagged already,” he said, “but it’s safe to say reaching the €10,000 mark will prove a little tougher!”

“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!”

Online qualification is in full swing for the €180 + €20 buy-in International Poker Open taking place from October 15 to 17, 2010 at the Regency Hotel, Dublin.

The event has an estimated prize pool of €250,000 with €20,000 added by