September 29, 2010 11:50 ET

TV Presenter Aims to Raise EUR10,000 for Blindness Charity at International Poker Open

Aidan Cooney, Ireland AM Presenter, Aims To Raise EUR10,000 for Blind in Developing Countries by Making Final Table of IPO

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2010) -

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TV3's Aidan Cooney has teamed up with to help raise funds for the worldwide charity, ORBIS International at the upcoming International Poker Open.

The well known Ireland AM presenter has accepted a challenge at this year's IPO tournament, which could see him bag up to €10,000 for his chosen charity if he makes the final table of the main event.

Aidan is delighted to already have sealed €500 for ORBIS without playing one hand of poker, saying "Every little helps when it comes to a charity like ORBIS and I'm delighted to have €500 bagged already, but it's safe to say reaching the €10,000 mark will prove a little tougher!"

For many players attending this year's IPO, making day 2 will be a major milestone and for rookie Aidan this could be a real target, he believes.

"Getting the €10,000 would be amazing but if I reach day 2, Boylepoker have guaranteed €2,000 for my charity. I think this should be my first goal, considering the last time I played cards was when I was a child!"

ORBIS is a nonprofit organization fighting blindness in developing countries, where 90 percent of the blind reside. Their aim is to eliminate blindness and transform lives. With the €10,000 Aidan hopes to make, ORBIS can help change the lives of thousands of people across the world, who otherwise will suffer in silence.

The €180 + €20 buy-in International Poker Open is a no-limit hold'em freezeout taking place from October 15 to 17, 2010 at the Regency Hotel, Dublin.

It will have an estimated prize pool of €250,000 including €20,000 added by

Players should register early to avoid disappointment as last year's event sold out long before the closing date. It attracted a record-breaking field of 1,440 runners from 18 countries and was won by German Markus Sippe, who took home $62,250 for topping the field.

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Boylepoker is part of the biggest European poker network - iPoker. Players have access to a huge range of tournaments running around the clock with massive guaranteed prize pools and the opportunity to qualify for prestigious live events. The company does not accept players from the U.S.

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