What is the Irish Poker Open?

Founded in 1979 by the famous Irish bookmaker Terry “Red Menace” Rodgers, the Irish Open is Europe’s longest running No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker tournament. In fact, worldwide, only the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been running for longer.

The annual poker tournament attracts the very best poker players from across the globe, who play it out in the Irish Poker Open Main Event each year.

What is the prize pool for the Irish Poker Open 2017?

The Irish Poker Open 2017 has a huge guaranteed prize pool of €500,000. Of course, the prize pool is very likely to exceed this amount, as it has done consistently due to the number of entrants (see below table).

Previous 5 winners of the Irish Poker Open Main Event

Year Winner Tournament winnings Total prize pool
2016 Daniel Wilson €150,000 €801,500
2015 Ioannis Triantafyllidis €209,500 €1,027,000
2014 Patrick Clarke €200,000 €822,000
2013 Ian Simpson €265,000 €1,010,000
2012 Kevin Vandersmissen €420,000 €1,606,400

When is the 2017 Irish Poker Open and where is it held?

The Main Event will take place on the 30th and 31st March 2017, and is structured as follows:

  • Buy-in €1,025+€125
  • Starting stack of 30,000 chips.
  • 60 minute clock

The 2017 Main Event blind structure is not available at the time of writing. However, the 2016 structure can be found here, and the 2017 structure is likely to be very similar.

The Irish Poker Open 2017 will be held the Citywest Hotel and Resort. You can book accommodation at the hotel from €95 per night using the Promo Code IO2017.

How can I enter for the Irish Poker Open 2017?

There are two different ways of entering the Irish Poker Open 2017; either via satellites, or via direct buy-in.
You can qualify for the Irish Poker Open via satellites at both iPoker Network poker sites, and Party Poker. iPoker Network sites include William Hill Poker and Paddy Power Poker.

At Party Poker you can win a seat at the Irish Poker Open 2017 for as little as $5.50. On the iPoker Network poker sites, you can enter for as low as $1. If you are not already registered at one of these poker sites, take a look our poker comparison pages to help you out.

Direct buy-in to the Irish Poker Open 2017 will cost you €1,150, and can be obtained via the Irish Poker Open website.