William Hill Poker kicks off Irish Open 2012 competition; Suzo Happ appoints Regional Sales Manager

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irish openOne of Europe’s most popular poker tournaments, the Irish Open, is giving amateurs and professionals alike the chance to win a place and compete with legends of the game at the Dublin event in April 2012, sponsor William Hill Poker has announced.

The Irish Open has seen some of poker’s most prominent players involved down the years, which has helped the tournament become established as, what Willie Hill call “one of the premier poker events in Europe”.

For a chance to win a place, which includes an all-inclusive trip to compete at the Irish Open, players need to qualify through one of William Hill Poker’s satellite events. Interested? The satellites are taking place right now until 25 March 2012, starting at 2 Euros. Players should visit the William Hill Poker lobby, look for the ‘Land Based’ tab and register for a satellite event to take part in.  The main satellite takes place every Sunday, but William Hill has stated players can also compete in Thursday qualifying tournaments beginning this week or on Tuesdays from January.

Those who play their cards right at the mini-satellites will qualify for the main event, where there is expected to be a 3 million Euros prize pool. The lucky bleeders who qualify will be sharing a room with the likes of former Irish Open winners Neil Channing, Marty Smith and James Mitchell while being treated to an all-inclusive package courtesy of William Hill Poker.  This includes flights, spending money, five nights accommodation at the Burlington Hotel and of course the main event buy-in.

Last year, local boy Niall Smyth took home the trophy and 550,000 Euros. Will you be having a pop at the satellites?


Harald Wagemaker
Harald Wagemaker - making wages like never before

Amusement, gaming and vending supplier, Suzo Happ, has appointed a new Regional Sales Manager – Harald Wagemaker. And with a name like that, it’s hardly surprising this guy is doing well.

Joining the European team, Mr. Wagemaker is now responsible for sales to all markets in the geographical regions of Scandinavia and Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania).

Sales Director at Suzo Happ in Europe, Mr. Erik Wijma, said: “Harald is a great addition to our team. He combines the passion for sales with fundamental technical knowledge. As we continue to expand our product range of highly technical components, we know we have found the right person to ensure that such components are rightly matched to our customer needs.”

Wagemaker has worked for global companies in the past, such as the household name that is EPSON – at the European headquarters with responsibility for four European sales offices.

Here’s what Mr Wagemaker had to say for himself: “I am very proud to be joining the leading global gaming component company. Naturally my focus remains on gaming – to provide customers in my regions the excellent service they rightly expect from Suzo Happ. Furthermore, I am confident that my experience in industrial markets with open new doors for further growth in new sectors.”