Why You Should Visit the 2023 Irish Poker Open
Last Updated: March 20, 2023
The 2023 edition of the longest-running European poker festival is just a couple of weeks away, and players from far and wide are finalizing their travel plans as you read this.
While Irish Poker Open is a poker tournament worth attending in its own, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Dublin in early April and plenty of things to do away from the tables as well.
If you have been on the fence about going to Irish Poker Open this year, keep reading and find out more about the tournament venue, the city of Dublin, and all that awaits you when you step away from the green felt.
Irish Poker Open 2023 Venue – Royal Dublin Society
First founded all the way back in 1731, Royal Dublin Society is a membership club with aims of promoting cultural and economic prosperity of Ireland.
Today, the massive RDS campus holds the RDS Arena, RDS Main Hall, and numerous other facilities, and serves as host to events like horse shows, rugby games, and much more.
In early April 2023, RDS will also cater to Irish Poker Open 2023, which will make the event unique in many ways compared to traditional poker tournaments.
With so many poker tournaments held in fairly sterile casino conditions, Irish Poker Open will be the exact opposite, giving players a direct chance to enjoy the culture and history of Ireland at the venue itself.
You can expect a spacious playing room, plenty of amenities for breaks, and easy access to hotels, public transportation, and much more.
If you were first introduced to poker watching the likes of James Bond play it in the poker movies, this is the exact kind of venue that will give you the vibes you have been hoping to play the game in your whole life.
A Thousand Years of History
Europe is famous for its history, but not every city on the continent can boast the kind of history and culture that Dublin can.
The city was first made a part of the Lordship of Ireland in 1177, but first historical traces of it go all the way back to the ancient Roman era, although the exact connection between the settlement mentioned in the ancient scripts and current day Dublin is not completely clear.
Regardless of this, a more recent Viking settlement from the 9th century is well documented, along with a Gaelic settlement also on the territory of current-day Dublin.
All this ancient history, along with the more recent one, is available for detailed exploration today, and you should be able to find plenty of time to look into it on your days off.
In fact, if you are going to be playing in the Irish Poker Open, we highly recommend staying an extra couple of days, regardless of your results, simply to bask in the history and culture that the city of Dublin has to offer.
Of course, there is little chance you will get to see it all, but taking a dedicated historical walking tour should help you cover the most important parts, although Dublin is a city you could keep exploring for weeks on end.
City of Music, Food, and Beer
If you consider yourself somewhat of a hedonist, a night out in Dublin will be something you will remember for a long time.
Irish pubs are such great fun that they have become world-famous, with nearly every major city in the world having at least a few to show off.
Real, traditional Irish pubs are something different altogether, and visiting the ones in Dublin will leave you with an experience of a lifetime.
Stews, seafood, cheese, all combined with a pint of Guinness, one of the world’s most famous beers, should quench out any hunger and thirst you could possibly have.
Pair all this up with a traditional Irish jam session, which will include a variety of stringed instruments and flutes and create memorable moments you will not easily forget.
Nights out in Dublin are legendary, and with the weather finally changing for the better in April, spending the whole night out on the town is something we recommend doing at least once.
Enjoy the Culture of Dublin
If you are someone who prefers to go to bed a bit earlier and a night of drinking Guinness does not appeal so much, there is still plenty for you to do all day long.
Dublin’s National Museum of Ireland is one of the finest in the entire country, and you can easily spend a whole afternoon in there exploring the fine culture and history of the country, but also the continent.
True fans of arts will appreciate the National Gallery of Ireland, also located within city center, while a visit to the Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library will be a welcome experience for art lovers and casual tourists alike.
The best thing about Dublin is that even just walking the streets and neighborhoods of this historic city will seem like exploring a museum, as the architecture and vibe of the city will leave you breathless.
A Poker Festival You Must Attend
If you are a poker player and someone who likes to travel across Europe to play your favorite game, Dublin is a city you absolutely have to visit at least once.
The longest-running poker festival in Europe continues its rich tradition in 2023, and the Royal Dublin Society is ready to welcome all guests.
The Irish Open. The second oldest poker event in the world outside of Vegas, Sponsored by PokerStars and PaddyPower 3rd – 10th April 2023.
— Irish Open (@Irish_PokerOpen) February 23, 2023
If you were on the fence about this event until now, we recommend looking into accommodations and booking your stay while there is still time.
Irish Poker Open kicks off on April 4, with the Main Event starting the next day, so make sure to be there in time and get ready for some of the best poker action around and an off-the-felt experience you will not soon forget.