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Irish Poker Open 2010

English player outlasts 707 others in Europe's most prestigious poker tournament

Irish Open 2010 Champion, James Mitchell won the Irish Open, winning a first prize of €600,000. The 20-year old Englishman is a well-known player on the live poker scene in Britain. Mitchell triumphed over a professional-heavy field of 708 players, including such stars as Dan Harrington, Sandra Naujoks, Brian Townsend, Kara Scott, Marty Smyth and Neil Channing.

Irishman Paul Carr finished in second place, taking home €312,600, with Finn Santeri Valikoski receiving €205,200 for third place and Robert Sherwood winning €163,300 for finishing fourth. Englishman Ben Roberts (€130,600) and Irishmen Ed Sweeney (€100,800), Declan Connolly (€74,600) and Peter Murphy (€56,000) finished in fifth through eight places respectively.

Robert Sherwood also became’s €100,000 Sole Survivor by outlasting more than one hundred and thirty other online qualifiers, winning a prize package worth €100,000.

The tournament began on Friday, April 2nd and featured a total prizepool of €2,265,200. The buy-in for the tournament was €3,500 and 72 players made the money. A live webcast and comprehensive updates were available throughout the weekend on the official Irish Open blog, with the tournament scheduled for broadcast on RTE2 (Ireland) and Sky Sports later in the year.