April 20, 2011 07:02 ET

Current Irish Open Champion Co-Favourite to Retain Title

Host of Fun Irish Poker Open Betting Markets Now Live at with Big Names in the Mix

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - April 20, 2011) - With the Irish Open just a few days away the Irish bookmaker has opened a host of betting markets for the main event. The Outright Betting market has last year's champion James Mitchell as joint co-favourite at 66/1 along with recent WPT winner Roberto Romanello, last year's finalist Ben Roberts, WSOP bracelet winner James "Flushy" Dempsey, and Irish APPT winner Dermot Blaine.

Elsewhere in the Outright Betting, which pays quarter the odds for the first five places, market punters can get Andy Black, Julian Gardner and Neil Channing at 80/1, Dan Harrington, Marty Smyth, Ross and Barny Boatman, Julian Thew, and Padraig Parkinson at 100/1, and Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott at 150/1.

Famed for its quirky markets, Paddy Power doesn't disappoint with the Irish Open, offering a number of "last longest" match bets including:

Tony Cascarino 8/11 Vs. Teddy Sheringham Evens
Neil Channing 8/11 Vs. Richard Ashby Evens
Julian Gardner 4/5 Vs. John Kabbaj 10/11
Marty Smyth 8/11 Vs. Nicky Power Evens
Dan Harrington 2/3 Vs. Paul Marrow 11/10
John O'Shea 4/5 Vs. Rory Rees Brennan 10/11

Finally the €100,000 Sole Survivor competition has its own market co-headed by last year's Sole Survivor winner Rob Sherwood at 33/1 with John Cassidy. Other qualifiers worth noting are WSOP bracelet winner Alan Smurfit, former EPT champion Julian Thew, and Late Night Poker stalwart Kevin O'Connell, all at 50/1 to be the 2011 Irish Open Sole Survivor.

Paddy Power, spokesman for the bookmaker said, "Our Irish Open betting markets always prove popular and we've paid out big on them in the past. They're open right up until cards are in the air and we'll reopen them each morning so punters can get on their favourite players to keep things interesting!"

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