Records fall on massive cross-pond poker weekend

Marty Smyth
Marty Smyth was one of 1,440 people who helped set the record for the largest field outside of the United States in Ireland this weekend.

It was a stern wake-up call this weekend for those who thought poker's popularity was waning as attendance records were broken on both sides of the Atlantic.

In North America, the first event of the 2009-2010 Surinder Sunar, Fintan Gavin, Simon Trumper and the voice of European poker, Jesse May.

German Markus Sippe took the title and $62,250 first-place prize.

"This year's International Poker Open was another great success, breaking last year's record by a further 140 players," said Boylepoker's Paul Spillane. "The event is proving more and more popular every year, among all levels of players.

"The IPO has become an unmissable event on any poker lover's calendar, and we are already excited about the next one."

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