PokerStars and Paddy Power Join Forces for the 2023 Irish Open

Irish Poker Open

Two of Flutter Entertainment's giants, PokerStars and Paddy Power, have come together to sponsor the 2023 edition of the long-running Irish Poker Open. The 2023 Irish Open runs from April 3-10 at the RDS Ballsbridge Dublin in the Irish capital.

Part of the sponsorship deal sees both PokerStars and Paddy Power run online satellites, with the primary focus being the €1,050 buy-in Irish Open Main Event, which carries an impressive €1 million guarantee on its prize pool. With players able to qualify online at PokerStars and Paddy Power Poker, there is every chance that the 2023 edition of the Irish Open Main Event could be the largest on record.

CEOs of The Irish Poker Open, Paul O'Reilly and JP McCann, are delighted that players now have two online poker sites to try and win Irish Open seats. While Paddy Power mostly focuses on the United Kingdom and Irish markets, PokerStars having its hat in the ring means players from far and wide can win their way into Europe's longest-running poker festival.

"We are very proud to announce PokerStars and Paddy Power as the official sponsors of The Irish Poker Open and we are looking forward to bringing our players another epic Irish Open Poker Festival, whilst welcoming new players from around the globe. We have exciting plans in place for the growth of The Irish Poker Open, Europe's longest-running poker festival, and we believe, with PokerStars and Paddy Power as the new sponsors, this aligns perfectly with our vision for growth of The Irish Poker Open over the coming years. This can only be a great thing for players."

In addition to a bustling schedule featuring 39 live events and satellite, PokerStars is set to host an online edition of the 2023 Irish Open. Dates and details of the online series will be published in due course.

2023 Irish Open Schedule

DateTimeEvent
Mon 3 Apr4:00 p.m.#1: Championship Event - €350 NLHE 6-Max
 6:00 p.m.#2: €150 NLHE
 8:00 p.m.#3: €115 Main Event Satellite
 8:00 p.m.#4: €530 Satellite to €5,000 High Roller
Tue 4 Apr2:00 p.m.#5: Championship Event - €350 NLHE Heads-Up (64 Cap) Round 1
 4:00 p.m.#5: Championship Event - €350 NLHE Heads-Up Round 2
 4:00 p.m.#6: €530 Satellite to €5,000 High Roller
 4:00 p.m.#7: €250 The Hendon Mob Championship
 6:00 p.m.#5: Championship Event - €350 NLHE Heads-Up Round 3
 6:00 p.m.#8: €150 PLO Deepstack
 8:00 p.m.€115 Main Event Satellite
 8:00 p.m.#10: Championship Event - €5,000 High Roller Day 1
Wed 5 Apr12:00 p.m.#11 €1,150 Irish Open Main Event Day 1A
 12:00 p.m.#12: €115 Main Event Satellite
 1:00 p.m.#10: Championship Event - €5,000 High Roller Final Day
 2:00 p.m.#5: Championship Eevent - €350 NLHE Heads-Up Semi Final
 2:00 p.m.#13: Championship Event - €350 America's Cup
 4:00 p.m.#5: Championship Event - €350 NLHE Heads-Up Final
 6:00 p.m.#15: €150 NLHE Deepstack
 8:00 p.m.#16: €115 Main Event Satellite
Thu 6 Apr12:00 p.m.#11: €1,150 Irish Open Main Event Day 1B
 12:00 p.m.#17: €115 Main Event Satellite
 2:00 p.m.#18: Championship Event - €250 Irish Open Ladies
 2:00 p.m.#19: Championship Event - €250 Irish Open Short Deck
 4:00 p.m.#20: €115 Main Event Satellite
 6:00 p.m.#21: €150 PLO Deepstack
 8:00 p.m.#22: €115 Main Event Satellite
Fri 7 Apr12:00 p.m.#11: €1,150 Irish Open Main Event Day 1C
 12:00 p.m.#23: €115 Main Event Turbo Satellite
 4:00 p.m.#24: €115 Main Event Turbo Satellite
 6:00 p.m.#25: €115 Main Event Turbo Satellite
 8:00 p.m.#26: €150 NLHE Deepstack
 10:00 p.m.#11: €1,150 Irish Open Main Event Day 1D Turbo
Sat 8 Apr12:00 p.m.#11: Irish Open Main Event Day 2
 2:00 p.m.#27: Championship Event – JP Poker Masters Day 1
 4:00 p.m.#28: NLHE Bounty (€25 Scalps)
 6:00 p.m.#29: Championship Event – €350 Irish Open PLO 6-Max Day 1
 8:00 p.m.#30: Championship Event – Irish Open €2,000 High Roller 8-Max Day 1
Sun 9 Apr12:00 p.m.#11: Irish Open Main Event Day 3
 12:00 p.m.#27: Championship Event – JP Poker Masters Final Day
 12:00 p.m.#29: Championship Event – Irish Open PLO 6-Max Final Day
 1:00 p.m.#30: Championship Event – Irish Open €2,000 High Roller Final Day
 1:00 p.m.#31: Championship Event - €250 Mini Irish Open Day 1
 4:00 p.m.#32: €1,100 NLHE Mystery Bounty 8-Max Day 1
 6:00 p.m.#33: Championship Event - €250 Liam Flood Memorial Turbo
 8:00 p.m.#34: NLHE Deepstack Turbo
Mon 10 Apr12:00 p.m.#31: Mini Irish Open Final Day
 12:00 p.m.#35: Championship Event - €250 Irish Open Seniors (50+)
 1:00 p.m.#11: Irish Open Main Event Final Day
 1:00 p.m.#32: NLHE Mystery Bounty 8-Max Final Day
 4:00 p.m.#37: €1,100 PLO 8-Max
 6:00 p.m.#38: €150 NLHE 6-Max Deepstack Turbo
 8:00 p.m.#39: €150 NLHE Deepstack Turbo

Irish Open Main Event Champions Since 2010

Griffin Benger
Griffin Benger won the 2017 Irish Open Main Event

Dozens of household names have got their hands on the Irish Open Main Event's trophy and bankroll-boosting top prize over the years. Colette Doherty won the first Irish Open Main Event back in 1980, and is one of only four players to have won the tournament twice. Noel Furlong, Mickey Finn, and the late Liam Flood are the other two double Irish Open Main Event champions.

Other champions include Joe Beevers, Neil Channing, Ian Simpson, and Griffin Benger. Pablo Silva and Pavel Veksler won the two Irish Open Main Event's held online.

Steve O'Dwyer is the reigning Irish Open Main Event champion, having outlasted 2,039 opponents in 2022, and receiving €318,700 of the €1,989,000 prize pool. O'Dwyer, an American superstar that has adopted Dublin, Ireland, as his home, defeated popular Scotsman Kyle Maguire heads-up.

YearEntrantsPrize PoolChampionPrize
20222,040€1,989,000Steve O'Dwyer€318,700
2021*1,880€1,880,000Pavel Veksler€265,999
2020*2,945€2,945,000Pablo Silva€462,100
20191,807€1,805,870Weijie Zheng€300,000
20181,340€1,347,164Ryan Mandara€250,000
20171,120€1,128,295Griffin Benger€200,000
2016802€801,500Dan Wilson€150,000
2015321€1,027,000Ioannis Triantafyllakis€200,000
2014411€822,000Patrick Clarke€200,000
2013505€1,010,000Ian Simpson€265,000
2012502€1,606,400Kevin Vandersmissen€420,000
2011615€1,968,000Niall Smyth€550,000
2010708€2,265,200James Mitchell€600,000

*hosted online due to COVID-19-related restrictions

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