One of Europe’s longest-running and most popular poker festivals, The International Poker Open, is returning to Dublin’s Bonnington Hotel this year from October 20-25. Sponsored by Unibet for a fourth time, the IPO has ran annually since 2007, with last year’s series taking place online.
With the return of live poker, it is hotly anticipated that this year’s prize pool will eclipse €250,000. The IPO averages a thousand entries for its Main Event, with players from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and further afield expected to attend.
Satellite to the Main Event for Just €1
Plenty of Unibet poker players will be securing their place at the IPO through winning their seats online, with players being to qualify from a single euro. Satellites got underway last week on the online poker platform and have at least two €1 Step 1 “Flip” satellites running a day. As well as this, there will be a further two Step 2 €5 No Limit Hold’em re-entry tournaments taking place each day. These €5 will guarantee at least six seats into the weekly €33 qualifier with all the feeder satellites featuring rebuys and add-ons.
The inaugural €33 qualifiers kicked off on Sunday, September 12, with weekly qualifiers guaranteeing nine seats to the International Poker Open Main Event. These will take place every Sunday at 9pm CET until mid-October. It is not something to miss as close to 100 Main Event players secured their seats playing on Unibet.
International Poker Main Event
With six starting flights for the 2021 Main Event, players have plenty of chances of making it through to Day 2. There are a mix of live and online Day 1 flights with the online Day 1 on Unibet Poker starting at 9pm (CEST) on Sunday, October 17.
Players will be able to have one re-entry in these Day 1 flights with the live heats beginning with Day 1a at 2pm on Thursday, October 21, and Day 1b the same time on Friday, October 22, and Day 1c at 2pm on Saturday, October 23. All three initial start flights have 40-minute blind levels.
If tournaments with a “reduced clock” are a players forte they will be pleased to know that:
- Day 1d is a turbo with 20-minute clock starting at 8pm on the Saturday
- Day 1e is a Hyper Turbo with ten-minute blind levels, kicking off at 9.30am on Sunday, October 24 – prior to the start of Day 2 at 1pm.
|Online Day 1 on Unibet Poker||Sunday, October 17||2 p.m.|
|Day 1a: 40-minute blind levels||Thursday, October 20||2 p.m.|
|Day 1b: 40-minute blind levels||Friday, October 21||2 p.m.|
|Day 1c: 40-minute blind levels||Saturday, October 23||2 p.m.|
|Day 1d: 20-minute blind levels||Saturday, October 23||8 p.m.|
|Day 1e: 10-minute blind levels||Sunday, October 24||1 p.m.|
There will be 17 different tournaments taking place at the IPO, which includes the €550 High Roller along with a €120 PLO Double Chance, several €100 Nightly Freezeouts, a couple of €120 Progressive Knockout, a €120 #QUEENRULES Ladies Event, €120 No Limit Hold’em Mini Main and several super satellites for the Main Event and High Roller.
COVID Information and Restrictions
On September 21, the Irish Government will be announcing the easing of some Covid restrictions. It is anticipated that this will mean indoor live poker events will be able to take place (with certain restrictions on numbers) enabling the start of the IPO on Wednesday, October 20.
All restrictions end on October 22 but players will be advised if restrictions are not eased, if this is the case the start of the event will be pushed back to Friday, October 22.
History of the International Poker Open
The last live IPO in 2019 was won by the United Kingdom’s Luke Boynton, where he won €24,450 for the highest score of his live career after a six-way deal. Last year’s online event was won by Ciaran “Underraiser” Cooney who scooped the €12,524 first-place prize and title.
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