Irish Poker Open is the longest running Poker Tournament in Europe and second in the whole wide world after World Series of Poker.
Terry Rogers or else known as Terry "Red Menace" Rogers, was the man behind Irish Poker Open. He first organized it in 1980 and it is traditionally held over Easter weekend each year.
Terry Rogers once declared “I have been the greatest single factor in the worldwide spread of competitive poker.”
After Terry Rogers death in 1999 the host of Irish Poker Open became the director and poker player Liam Flood and Merrion Casino.
PaddyPowerPoker.com began sponsoring the event in 2005 ( thus sometimes the name of the even is paddypowerpoker.com Irish Open ) and since then Irish Open have seen a huge growth with more and more people participating each year.