Main event €150 buy-in €250,000 GTD

Festival Guarantee €400,000


The Monster is for every player.

Low buy-in, humongous guarantees with life-changing payouts.

2023 By The Numbers

Main Event Entries: 1796
Main Event Prizepool: €216,643
Festival Entries: 2855
Total Festival Prizepool: €318.900
Nationalities: 8

2024 By The Numbers

Main Event Entries: 1858
Main Event Prizepool: €223,560
Festival Entries: 3018
Total Festival Prizepool: €357,000
Nationalities: 16


Wednesday 30th April 2025 - Monday 5th May 2025

Wednesday 30th April
Wednesday2pmAPAT Irish Amateur Poker Championship Day 1A€40,000-€125+2525 Mins1 x Re-Entry100000Level 9
Wednesday7pmAPAT Irish Amateur Poker Championship Day 1B €40,000-€125+2525 Mins1 x Re-Entry100000Level 9
Wednesday8pmOmaha 7- Max€5,000Yes€175+2520 Mins2 x Re-Entry25000Level 7
Thursday 1st May
Thursday11amAPAT Irish Amateur Poker Championship Day 1C Fast€40,000-€125+2520 Mins1 x Re-Entry100000Level 9
Thursday2pmIrish Poker Tour One Day Event€10,000Yes€125+2525 Mins1 x Re-Entry25000Level 9
Thursday6pmThe Monster Day 1A€250,000-€120+3030 Mins1 x Re-Entry30000Level 9
Thursday7.00pmAPAT Irish Amateur Poker Championship Final Day€40,000Yes-25/30/20 Mins---
Thursday8pmNLH Tournament€5,000Yes€80+2020 Mins1 x Re-Entry20000Level 7
Thursday9pmHIGH Roller Satellite2 x Seats-€60+1015 Mins1 x Re-Entry15000Level 8
Friday 2nd May
Friday11.00amHIGH Roller Super Satellite4 x Seats-€60+1015 Mins1 x Re-Entry15000Level 8
Friday12pmThe Monster Day 1B€250,000-€120+3030 Mins1 x Re-Entry30000Level 9
Friday2pmHigh-Roller 8-Max One Dayer€25,000Yes€360+4030 Mins1 x Re-Entry40000Level 9
Friday6pmThe Monster Day 1C€250,000-€120+3030 Mins1 x Re-Entry30000Level 9
Friday9pmNLH €5k€5,000Yes€100+2020 Mins1 x Re-Entry20000Level 7
Saturday 3rd May
Saturday11amThe Monster Day 1D€250,000-€120+3030 Mins1 x Re-Entry30000Level 9
Saturday1pmMystery Bounty One Dayer€20,000Yes€220+3025 Mins1 x Re-Entry30000Level 9
Saturday4pmThe Monster Day 1E€250,000-€120+3030 Mins1 x Re-Entry30000Level 9
Saturday6pmHigh Roller Omaha 4 Card 7-Max€10,000Yes€315+3525 Mins2 x Re-Entry25000Level 7
Saturday7pmNLH €5k€5,000Yes€100+2020 Mins1 x Re-Entry25000Level 7
Saturday9pmThe Monster Day 1F FAST€250,000-€120+3020 Mins1 x Re-Entry30000Level 9
Sunday 4th May
Sunday11.00amThe Monster Day 1G €250,000-€120+3030 Mins1 x Re-Entry30000Level 9
Sunday11.30amSuper-High-Roller Satellite--€70+1015 Mins1 x Re-Entry15000Level 7
Sunday2pmSuper-High-Roller One Dayer 8-Max-Yes€550+5025 Mins1 x Re-Entry40000Level 7
Sunday4pmThe Monster Day 1H€250,000-€120+3030 Mins1 x Re-Entry30000Level 9
Sunday6pmOmaha 4 / 5 Card Level of Each€5,000Yes€175+2525 Mins2 x Re-Entry25000Level 7
Sunday7pmNLH €5k€5,000Yes€100+2020 Mins1 x Re-Entry25000Level 7
Sunday9pmThe Monster Day 1i FAST€250,000-€120+3020 Mins1 x Re-Entry30000Level 9
Monday 5th May
Monday11.00amThe Monster Day 1J HYPER €250,000-€120+3010 Mins1 x Re-Entry30000Level 2
Monday12.30pmThe Monster Final Day€250,000Yes-30 Mins---
Monday2pmMonsterStack€25,000Yes€125+2525 Mins1 x Re-Entry50000Level 9
Monday5pmOmaha 4Card -Yes€175+2525 Mins2 x Re-Entry25000Level 7
Monday7pmFarewell Freezeout-Yes€175+2520 Mins-25000Level 7

The Monster: A Welcome Addition to Ireland’s Poker Calendar

Note: Originally Posted on Vegas Slots Online By Dara O'Kearney - April 2023

Up For A Challenge

Since the start of my career the Irish Open has been the centerpiece of the Irish poker calendar. It has cast such a big shadow that generally no major tournament is scheduled anywhere in Ireland for several months after.

PokerStars tried to break that rule one year by running a UK and Ireland Poker Tour and got punished with the lowest numbers ever at an Irish stop.

This year will be different. Fintan Gavin, never a man to shrink from a challenge, is running a new event called The Monster, a mere couple of weeks and miles from the Irish Open. It’s a €150 ($164) buy-in with a very aggressive €150,000 ($164,388) guarantee. The entire festival guarantees add up to a cool quarter of a million.

The Brain Behind The Monster

I spoke to Fintan, the man behind the wildly successful Irish Poker Tour, ahead of the event. Commenting on the importance of hosting an event like The Monster, he said:

“The Irish Open was obviously a massive success in terms of numbers this year, but a lot of locals were a little left out. Even if the buyin was within their budget the exorbitant hotel, drink and food prices pushed the event out of the range of many Irish players. An affordable accessible hotel like the Green Isle where The Monster will be held is

Fintan echoes the sentiments of many Irish players who were unusually absent from the Irish Open this year. Many told me they preferred to keep their powder dry for The Monster. In addition to a lower buyin for a Main Event with a huge guarantee, side events that cater to all wallets is another appeal. Fintan explained:

“We have something for everyone. In addition to the Main Event there’s a €250 ($274) buy-in Mystery Bounty, a €400 ($438) buy-in High Roller with satellites, a €600 ($658) Super High Roller (also with satellites), and a whole host of side events ranging between buyins as low as €20 ($22) to €150. Even if you don’t end up winning a big chunk of the €150,000 guaranteed Main Event prize pool, there are plenty of opportunities for a share of the other €100,000 ($109,595) guaranteed for the side events.”

One complaint I heard from several recreationals who travelled to the Irish Open to play the lowest buyin €150 side events was that many were cancelled at the last minute when they arrived there and found nothing within their price range to play. At The Monster I am confident there will be no such concerns.

The deep run of tour ambassador Andy Black at the Irish Open (he was fifth in the Main Event and chopped the HMC side event) will also add an extra dimension to proceedings as it gives players the first chance to play against Ireland’s most winning live player ever since his success. Fintan commented on the factor:

“I think our players will relish the chance to pit their wits against Andy, fresh off his recent success. I also think they’ll relish the opportunity to take the piss out of our Live Poker Strategy Expert, some clown called Dara O’Kearney, fresh off his dismal Irish Open performance where he bricked everything.

Thanks Fintan.

A Rough Beast

Moving swiftly along, my favourite poem by GOAT Irish poet WB Yeats ends with the lines:

“what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”

This year may well be remembered in Irish poker as the year a new raw beast, The Monster, was born. The festival runs from April 27th to April 30th in the Green Isle hotel in Clondalkin, Dublin. It should be an absolute cracker.