Tony G, Brian Townsend and Jamie Gold Sign up for Irish Open

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List of poker professionals to attend Dublin tournament continues to grow. today announces that Antanas 'Tony G' Gouga, Brian 'sbrubgy' Townsend and 2006 world champion Jamie Gold are the latest professional players to confirm their attendance at this year's Irish Open. They join Marty Smyth, Phil 'The Unabomber' Laak, Ciaran 'Big C' O'Leary, Neil Channing and many other pre-registered professionals. The €3200 + €300 No-Limit Holdem tournament is taking place from April 10th - April 13th 2009.

Tony G is one of the most recognisable professional poker players, known for his over-the-top table talk and fearless play. He is also celebrated for the substantial charitable contributions he has made with his tournament winnings, including his large donation to various Asian and Australian causes after winning an Asian Poker Tour event.

Brian Townsend is an online poker player who has achieved legendary status among the internet poker community as a result of his cash game successes. He plays some of the highest stakes available online, specialising in short-handed and heads-up play, and is lead instructor for the popular CardRunners online poker training site.

Jamie Gold shot into poker super stardom after winning the WSOP* $10,000 Championship Event in 2006, capturing a record prize of $12,000,000 and the coveted gold bracelet. Mentored by poker legend Johnny Chan, Jamie is motivated by philanthropic ideals to devote much of his time to charitable causes via poker tournaments and other events.

Note to editors: Full details of the Irish Open 2009 and online qualifier details can be found at: Poker betting markets can be found at Please click on poker on the left hand side of the page.

*World Series of Poker and WSOP are trademarks of Harrah's License Company, LLC ("Harrah's"). Harrah's does not sponsor or endorse, and is not associated or affiliated with, or its products, services, promotions or tournaments.

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