The history of the Paddy Power Irish Open

When it comes to prestige,  excitement and having a bloody  good time, the Irish Open is still one of the  biggest fixtures on Europe €™s poker  calendar. Back in the early 80s the Irish Open was  the first no-limit hold €™em tournament in Europe  and was a huge draw for legendary players such as  Stu Ungar and Chip Reese who came over from  Vegas to sample the Irish Open €™s unique blend of  world-class poker, folk music and Guinness  breakfasts.

As Europe €™s longest-running  tournament it has only gone from strength to  strength with top players such as Neil Channing,  Marty Smyth and 2012 champion Kevin  Vandersmissen etching their name on the trophy.  The 2014 Irish Open is fast approaching €“ it plays out April 18-21,  meaning it €™s time to step up your satellite game. You can qualify on Paddy Power for as little as ‚¬1 now and play for a life-changing sum of money in April.  

Meanwhile, check out this fascinating infographic from the boys at Paddy Power Poker and see why the Irish Open is such a legendary event.  

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