Irish Poker Open 2008 forcasted to make European poker history

Established in 1981, the annual Irish Poker Open in Dublin has an extensive and storied life.

As Europe’s longest running poker tournament, it’s seen more than its fair share of big names walk through the doors to compete at the tables.

Among them are WSOP World Champions Dan Harrington and Carlos Mortensen.

2007’s tournament, for a fleeting moment, became Europe’s largest ever – a record breaking field of 708 players headed to Dublin to sample some of that storied past and unique atmosphere and compete for over €2.3 million in prize money.

Some of the more recognized names from this years event include Mike Sexton, Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Antonio Esfandiari, Dave Ulliott, Andy Black, Padraig Parkinson, Ram Vaswani and Eddie Scharf, just to point out a few names.

So how do you build on such an enduring legacy for the 2008 Irish Poker Open?

You start with additional big names and more big money, of course. It appears that Irish Open sponsor has announced a bigger buy-in at €4,200 + €300, a million euro swell to the prize pool and an enlarged tournament capacity for next year’s showdown, bringing totals up to €3 million guaranteed and accommodating 1,000 players respectively.

To have room for the expected demand for tickets, the Irish Open 2008 will for the first time be separated into two Day 1s to allow for the increasing field.

Online qualification opens up on, today August 13, with a full schedule of daily feeders to regular bi-weekly grand final satellites. To win an 8500 euro package to the Irish Open for as little as 4 euros, a player will have to see a selection of stage one and two satellites on offer.

Stage two satellites start at $4+ 40¢ re-buys at 12:00 a.m. GMT, with one seat for every $22 accumulated available to the daily 9 p.m. stage 1 satellite.

A $5+50¢ stage two freeze out also runs at 1:00 p.m. GMT daily, with one seat for every $40 accumulated available to the daily 6 p.m. stage one satellite.

The 9 p.m. stage one satellite is a $20+$2 with re-buys, with one seat in the bi-weekly super satellite for every $360 accumulated.

The 6 p.m. stage one satellite is a $36+$4 freeze out, also with one seat in the super satellite for every $360 accumulated.

The super satellites are $340+$20 and will run every second Sunday at 9 p.m. (GMT) beginning August 26 on, with one winning Irish Open package for every $8,500 in the prize pool.

Additional details pertaining to the Irish Poker Open 2008 will be released in the coming weeks and all interested players should verify such via this will include updates, tournament qualifiers and further news and adjustments to the plans.

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