We are now just one week away from possibly the greatest event in the Irish Poker calendar which is the Paddy Power Irish Open so it seemed appropriate to look at the history of this great tournament in this weeks Irish poker news. The event was first held way back in 1981 when Terry Rogers who has been playing in Las Vegas first introduced the poker variation of Texas Hold’em which believe it or not was virtually unknown outside the USA but the Irish Open was played under the rules of 5 card stud and the winner which might come as a surprise to some was a lady known as Colette Doherty who of course went on the become one of the most famous names in Irish poker and it was not long before another lady, Irene Tier also managed the feat in 1985. Running in addition to the Irish Poker Open was an invitational charity event also organised by Terry called the Eccentrics Club Invitational and by bringing American players over for this event, the Irish poker scene was being set. According to the Irish Poker news there were few who managed to win more than once and they were in the early days when maybe the competition was not so great; in fact according to records only four people have managed multiple wins of the Irish open being Jimmy Langan in 1983 and 1988 quickly followed by Noel Furlong in 1987, 1989 and again in 1992. The very first winner Colette had to wait until 10 years later in 1991 to repeat her win while the famous Liam Flood was the last to complete a double winning in 1990 and 1996. Since then of course the Irish Open Poker has become one of the most popular tournaments in the world with many of the top poker players from all the world competing. Who will win this year? We have no idea.