Biggest Names in Poker Plan to Attend paddypowerpoker.com Irish Open

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Phil Laak and Neil Channing confirmed to play.

paddypowerpoker.com today announces that Phil 'The Unabomber' Laak is the latest professional player to confirm his attendance at this year's Irish Open, with the list of pre-registered players growing each day. The €3200 + €300 No-Limit Holdem tournament is taking place from April 9th - April 13th 2009 and promises to be a must-attend event on the international poker calendar.

Neil 'Bad Beat' Channing, Irish Open 2008 champion, will return to Citywest to attempt to become the first player to successfully defend the Terry Rogers Memorial Trophy. Meanwhile, Marty Smyth, current WSOP $10k Omaha bracelet holder and Irish Open 2007 champion, will aim to become the first player of the modern era to win the title on repeat occasions (Noel Furlong, WSOP 1999 Main Event bracelet holder, was the last multiple Irish Open champion, winning in 1987, 1989 and 1992).

paddypower.com currently offers an "Outright Winner" market for the Irish Open 2009 and will be rolling out many new markets in time for the event.

Irish Open Main Event (April 10th - 13th) - Outright Winner - selected odds
Andy Black                             80/1
Ciaran O'Leary                         125/1
Neil Channing                         125/1
Marty Smyth                            125/1
Julian Thew                            175/1
Noel Furlong                         250/1

Note to editors: Full details of the Irish Open 2009 and online qualifier details can be found at: http://www.irishpokeropen.com/. The full list of poker betting markets can be found at paddypower.com. Please click on poker on the left hand side of the page.

For more information please contact: Paul Burke, paddypowerpoker.com Press Officer, Tel: 00 353 1 488 1738, Mob: 00 353 85 140 0112, pburke(at)paddypower.com. You can also visit http://www.paddypowerpoker.com for additional information.

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