Dates Set for 2011 Irish Open

2010 champion James Mitchell
2010 Irish Open champ James Mitchell.

Europe's oldest and most prestigious tournament is headed back to Ireland this coming spring.

The €3,200+€300 2011 Irish Open will take place from Apr. 22-25 inside the Burlington Hotel in Dublin.

This year things get even deeper with the starting stack up from 10,000 to 20,000 chips.

Plus, the event will once again feature a €100,000 Sole Survivor promotion, meaning that the longest lasting PaddyPowerPoker qualifier in the event will win €100,000 in addition to any prize money.

The Irish Open is the longest running poker tournament in Europe and second longest in the world after the World Series of Poker.

First organized in 1981 by a well known Irish bookmaker Terry Rogers, the tournament has seen a ton of growth. Last year a record 708 players turned up to see the UK's James Mitchell take down the title and €600,000 first prize.

The fieldwas filled with top pros including Dan Harrington, Sandra Naujoks, Brian Townsend, Kara Scott, and former Irish open winners Marty Smyth and Neil Channing.

"It was a pleasure to see so many people turn out for the Irish Open 2010 and in these challenging times," said PaddyPowerPoker communications manager Paddy Power.

"To beat the record for main event entries was a testament to the loyalty of our players and the ever improving reputation of the event. Next year's Irish Open will be bigger and better than ever before and we have already started the preparations to make sure of this. Many of our players sought an increased starting stack and we are delighted to deliver on this for 2011. We are also working on a side event schedule that will provide more variety for our players throughout the weekend."

Players can qualify for the 2011 Irish Open PaddyPowerPoker beginning Oct. 31.

A full schedule of side events for the event is coming soon.

Full details can be found at the event's website.

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