With Christmas coming up in just over a month, the poker scene is obviously slowing up a little bit. Yet the schedules for next year are starting to be announced, with the Irish Poker Open being the attest one to share their schedule for next year with us.
The ever popular Irish Poker Open has released the details of its next big event, with it returning to the Burlington Hotel in Dublin on the 29th Of March with it running right up until the 1st April next year. The major difference this time around though is that the buy-in has been dramatically reduced to €2,000 + €250.
The original buy-in used to be €3,500 but they have agreed to succumb to player pressure, to allow the event to allow for players with a lower budget. This lowered price is not expected to make too much difference as it will just mean more players, which will more than cover any losses.
The last event proved to be extremely popular, with many of the biggest names you could think of in poker attending. The problem was that many players thought that the buy-in was a little on the expensive side. It seems there is a fine line in making the buy-in high enough to attract the best players and making it difficult for others to take part.
The winner last year was in fact Kevin Vandermissen from Belgium, he took down a score of €420,000 back in the event in April after navigating his way past a total of 501 opponents. The field as we already mentioned was full of world renowned poker professionals, yet he managed to survive a strong final table to take home the title.
With many of the world’s players already declaring that they will be playing at the tournament, names such as Phil Hellmuth, Freddy Deeb, Daniel Negreanu and Adam Levy, it promises to be just as big event as it was this year.
The event has been running since 1981, when it was Terry Rogers who initially started the Irish Poker Open. That makes it the oldest NLH Tournament in the whole of Europe, with it seemingly getting stronger and more popular year on year.
Once the event does get underway, you can be sure that we will be here to bring you all of the action when and how it happens. It might be next year but we have already earmarked this event as one of the big ones to keep an eye on in the early months of next year.