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March 24, 2011 08:09 ET

Renowned Poker Players Confirmed for the paddypowerpoker.com Irish Open 2011

Julian Thew, Alan Smurfit, Dan Harrington all to play in Dublin this April

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - paddypowerpoker.com today confirms a number of celebrated poker players to take part in the Irish Open 2011. WSOP bracelet holders Dave Devilfish Ulliott, Alan Smurfit and Dan Harrington will take part in the prestigious event along with EPT winners Julian Thew and Roberto Romanello. Football legend Tony Cascarino and Snooker World Champion Ken Doherty will also take a seat in the Burlington Hotel this Easter weekend, alongside previous Irish Open winners Marty Smyth and Neil Channing.

Both Alan Smurfit and Julian Thew qualified for the Irish Open 2011 on paddypowerpoker.com and will be participating in the Sole Survivor promotion at this year's event where the longest lasting paddypowerpoker.com qualifier will win an extra €100,000. At present there are 75 Sole Survivor participants in total including last year's Sole Survivor Rob Sherwood who once again qualified for the Irish Open on paddypowerpoker.com and will be looking to retain his title at this year's event.

The Irish Open €3200 + €300 NLH tournament will take place from April 22nd – April 25th 2011 in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin. Players can qualify online with paddypowerpoker.com in our 30 Packages Guaranteed Mega Satellite, which will take place on Sunday 3rd April 2011 at 20:00, or in a number of other daily satellites running online now. Alternatively players can buy in via our online payment facility, through the holding tank in the paddypowerpoker.com client, or spaces permitting, at the Burlington Hotel on the opening day of the tournament.

"There will be a great mix of players at the Irish Open, including World Champion poker players, legendary sporting heroes and many recreational players who have had some luck and have qualified for the Irish Open via satellites. Only in poker will an amateur player find themselves competing against the best in the world and still have every chance of coming out on top!" said Paddy Power, Communications Manager for paddypowerpoker.com.

"Our Sole Survivor promotion has attracted some of the biggest players around who are now qualifying for the Irish Open on paddypowerpoker.com. This year's Sole Survivors will have some tough competition on their hands with a WSOP bracelet winner and an EPT winner in direct competition for the extra 100k package!"

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Full details of the Irish Open can be found at: http://www.paddypowerpoker.com/irish-poker-open

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