Ex-sports stars hope to play cards right at €2m Poker Open
FORMER Irish international rugby and soccer players are among those playing high-stakes poker this weekend.
Former rugby star Reggie Corrigan and Ireland international striker Tony Cascarino are vying for a top prize from the pool of about €2m at the Paddy Power.com Irish Open in Dublin.
The annual Easter tournament has drawn more than 600 players in the main event running from yesterday through to Easter Monday.
Each of the 615 players paid a €3,500 entry fee to sit at the tables at the Burlington Hotel ballroom.
Players, including seasoned pros like former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur star Teddy Sheringham, will be playing for up to 12 hours a day over the Easter weekend.
The first-place winner is expected to walk away with more than €500,000 when the final hands are played on Monday night.