Kara Scott to return to Paddy Power Poker Irish Poker Open

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Kara Scott is a glamour model, television star and presenter, journalist and fairly successful poker player. Last year she finished in second place at the Paddy Power Poker Irish Poker Open, losing out in the final heads up to the winner Christer Johansson, and winning £272,574. She has announced that she will return to play in this year’s event.

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Originally from Canada, Kara spent some time living in the UK before moving to California which is her current home. She has hosted many backgammon and poker shows and has recently appeared on Sky Poker.  Eventually she decided that she had had enough of hosting and presenting, and she has put these activities on the back burner whilst she concentrates on being a professional poker player, at which she is proving to be very successful having won in total over half a million dollars at live poker tournaments.

The Paddy Power Irish Poker Open is the oldest Hold’em tournaments in Europe dating back to 1981, and in size it is second only to the WSOP. Paddy Power started to sponsor the event in 2005 and has been responsible for overseeing its growth from the three hundred players it attracted when the organisation began sponsoring it to the over seven hundred players it attracts nowadays.

Originally the Irish Open was the organised by Terry Rogers as a charity event. He was an Irish bookmaker and one of the pioneers of Texas Hold’em in Europe. Himself a regular poker player in Las Vegas where he competed in the WSOP, he was able to attract many top US players to the Open.

This year the festival takes place from 2nd to 5th April in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin. The format of the Main Event is a €3,200 + €300 buy in and qualifiers are underway currently.

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