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November 22, 2012 12:12 ET

Paddy Power Poker Launches Irish Open 2013 With Reduced Buy In

Europe's Oldest Poker Tournament Returns Next Easter With EUR2,250 Buy In And Three Ways To Qualify Online Every Week

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2012) -

Editors Note: There is an image associated with this press release. today launches the Irish Poker Open 2013. The sponsor has taken player feedback on - We Hear you! - board and has lowered the buy-in to EUR2,000+ EUR250. So now players pay less to enjoy the world famous 'craic' at the Irish Open 2013.

The event will again take place at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin over Easter weekend, March 29 to April 1, 2013 and there will be the usual compliment of supporting events which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Weekly online qualification for the Irish Open main event starts this Sunday November 25 at 8 p.m.. There are three Irish Open packages worth EUR3,200 guaranteed in a EUR160 + EUR16 no-limit hold'em freezeout. The guaranteed packages include EUR395 for five nights accommodation at the Burlington Hotel as well as EUR525 for flights and spending.

Monday at 8 p.m. sees a EUR30 + EUR3 no-limit hold'em rebuy/add with one Irish Open seat guaranteed.

While Thursday at 8 p.m. there is a EUR100 + EUR9 no-limit hold'em freezeout with one Irish Open seat guaranteed.

Also returning this year is the ever popular Sole Survivor last longest competition - anyone who qualifies for the Irish Open main event at is eligible to take part with the player lasting longest in the event walking away with EUR50,000 in cash, a World Series of Poker 2013 main event buy in and Irish Open 2014 buy in.

Paddy Power, spokesman for Paddy Power Poker, said, "Europe's favourite poker tournament is back but after listening to players on the ground we've decided to lower the Irish Open buy in and open the event up to suit many more pockets. It still has the same prestige, the same history, and the same great value like Sole Survivor.

"However this year we're aiming to make it bigger than ever and that means more chances to qualify, better value for all and tons more fun as we bring poker back to the people in Dublin!"

The Irish Open 2012 was won by Kevin Vandersmissen from Belgium who won EUR420,000 for his victory over 501 opponents.

Ian Simpson from Newcastle, England was the 2012 Sole Survivor and is currently taking a year out to pursue his dream as a poker pro. Read about his adventures at the PaddyPowerPoker blog.

Players travelling to Dublin for the event can avail of a special room rate of EUR79 per night for a single room bed & breakfast at the Burlington Hotel.

The Irish Open is the longest running no-limit Texas hold 'em poker tournament in Europe and second longest in the world after the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas. First organized in 1981 by Terry Rogers, a well known Irish bookmaker, the tournament has experienced tremendous growth over the years and has become very well known for its electric atmosphere and character like no other.

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