The popular live event will not go ahead for the second year in a row thanks to COVID-19 restrictions.
Earlier this year the Irish Open was one of the first major poker events to postpone because of COVID-19, now it appears it will be one of the first live poker casualties of 2021.
Yesterday the organisers announced the event, pencilled in for March 2021, would be postponed again. Ireland has a five tier COVID-19 plan and even at the safest tier they did not think the festival could go ahead.
There is still hope that the event could go ahead later on in the year and alternative dates are being looked at. Until then for the second year in a row an online leg of the Irish Open will take place at partypoker on March 29 with a €1 million guaranteed Main Event.
With the positive news of several vaccines being rolled out early in 2021 a lot of people think Easter is when the world will begin to see some normality. If this is the case it is unfortunate timing for the Irish Open which traditionally takes place over Easter weekend.
Indeed, this writer even (wrongly) predicted that the Irish Open might be the first major poker festival to reopen in 2021. It is the second major festival to postpone a 2021 event, as the Aussie Millions did the same last month.
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