Schedule Set for Irish Open 2018

Irish Open 2018.

The second oldest poker series in the world, the Irish Open, is set to return for another round of action in 2018. (Image: Twitter/@Irish_PokerOpen)

The Irish Open 2018 is set and that means someone of world’s top players will be heading to Dublin for Europe’s oldest poker festival.

Since the first ever Irish Open was played in 1981, the tournament has grown to become an international spectacle and, in 2018, the €1 million/£880,000 guaranteed main event will return.

Taking up residence inside Dublin’s Citywest Hotel, the latest incarnation of the Irish Open will feature a full roster of side events, cash games and extracurricular activities.

New Owners Brings New Success

Since Paul O’Reilly and JP McCann took charge of the festival, the number of main event entrants increased from 802 to 1,129 between 2016 and 2017. In a bid to continue this trend and boost next year’s figures, the organisers have partnered with a network of UK poker sites.

As well as working alongside partypoker, Irish Open satellites will be available on Paddy Power/Betfair, iPoker and Dusk Till Dawn Casino.

A press release from O’Reilly has said more operators could be added to that list in the coming weeks and complement a series of live satellites across the UK and Ireland.

A Norwegian Invasion

While the €1,150/£1,010 buy-in main event will top the bill, the 2018 Irish Open will also see additional big money events take place between March 7 and 25. Before the main schedule gets underway, partypoker will be hosting a €500,000/£440,000 guaranteed Grand Prix event.

Taking place between March 7 and 11, the €220/£193 No Limit Hold’em tournament will serve as a prelude to the Norwegian Poker Championships which will close out the festival.

With live poker tournaments previously being outlawed in Norway, the annual championships have been forced to set-up camp in different countries over the last few years. In 2018, an estimated 2,000 Norwegians will make the trip to Ireland to compete against the rest of Europe in four events.

As a final sprinkle of entertainment, the organisers will be hosting a selection of off-the-felt activities, including a celebration to mark St Patrick’s Day on March 17. 

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