Friday 25th August, 2023

International Poker Open in Dublin Releases October’s Schedule

By Mad Harper

The hugely popular International Poker Open is back again this Autumn with a six-day festival at Dublin’s Bonnington Hotel from October 25-30. Organisers are expecting a massive turn-out for this year’s Main Event with a prize pool set to top €250,000.

The International Poker Open is celebrated for its legendary “craic” and great Irish hospitality. It is one of Europe’s longest-running and most popular poker events and has been held annually since 2007. Players will be heading to the Irish capital from all over the country as well as the UK, Europe and further afield.

MainEventTravel has rooms available at the Bonnington – the tournament venue – as well as other hotels nearer the city centre such as Croke Park and the Dublin One Hotel. Book now to make sure you get the accommodation you want for this popular event.

Among those set to compete at this year’s festival are Irish poker pros Dara O’Kearney and David Lappin who co-host the award-winning Chip Race podcast. O’Kearney said: “The IPO is generally known as the people’s festival in Ireland. From its inception, it’s been the biggest grassroots poker festival in Ireland. It was the first multi-day event I played back in 2008 and I look forward to it every year.” Lappin added: “The IPO is an institution in Ireland. Boasting a big prize pool for a small buy-in, it’s the tournament where dreams have been made and professional careers have begun.” He and O’Kearney are also hosting their own event at the festival – the Chip Race Mystery Bounty.

Main Event
There are five start flights for the
2023 Main Event – with one re-entry per flight. The live Day 1s start with Day 1a at 2pm on Thursday, October 26. The first three initial start flights have 40-minute blind levels while Day 1d is a “reduced clock” turbo with 20-minute clock. The final Day 1e flight is a Hyper Turbo with ten-minute blind levels, kicking off at 9.30am on Sunday, October 29 – prior to the start of Day 2 at 1pm. All Day 1 players start with a 30,000 stack.

There are more than 20 different tournaments on the schedule overall, including the €50,000 guarantee Luxon Pay Super High Roller and the €550 High Roller.  Other schedule highlights include the €65 buy-in Wednesday Mid-Week Hold’em, the €80 buy-in Loads’a Chips deepstack, the €60 Cheap n’Deep event and the €70 Double Chance on the final day. Two NLH Progressive Knockout are also scheduled, along with a €120 Saturday Night Freezeout and PLO Double Chance.

The IPO live stream will cover Day 1b, Day 3 and the final of the Main Event plus the final of the €50k guaranteed Luxon Pay Super High Roller.

At last year’s IPO, Ilan Cukrowicz took down the Main Event in his home city for €30,900. Cukrowicz, a former Facebook account executive, battled his way through a huge field of 809 entries.

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