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Irish_Open 2013

Ian Simpson Wins Irish Open 2013 – And A Wife!

Last Year’s 4th Place Finisher Wins €265,000 Then Asks His Girlfriend To Marry Him – She Said Yes!

Ian Simpson from Cramlington near Newcastle in England has won the 2013 Irish Open and €265,000.

The Science teacher also won his girlfriend’s hand in marriage when he proposed after winning the prestigious no-limit Texas hold’em tournament at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Simpson’s luck was in again after Emma, whose loyal support was in evidence all weekend, said yes when he took to bended knee and offered her a diamond ring.

Simpson topped the field of 505 players from 29 countries at the €2,000 + €250 buy event and was rewarded with the €265,000 top prize when he beat Irishman Michael Farrelly heads up.

The 505 players battled for four days with 54 winning a slice of the €1,010,000 prize pool in Europe’s oldest poker tournament. The final table of nine – seven from Ireland, Englishman Simpson and American Calvin Anderson – took to the felt on Monday afternoon and around 12 hours later Simpson was the last player standing.

Last year Ian came fourth in the tournament for €107,500. He also won an additional €100,000 in tournament buy ins and cash for outlasting 135 plus online qualifiers in a separate Sole Survivor last man standing competition.

Simpson said after his win, “It’s the most amazing experience of my life. I'm completely overwhelmed by the support and love from all my friends and family, not to mention the kids at BCHS [Ian’s school] who stayed up late and cheered me on, it really meant the world to me!
“Winning a tournament of this scale is life changing. Winning Emma’s hand in marriage even more so. For the stars to align to allow both things to happen simultaneously is simply perfect.
“For anyone wondering, the proposal was coming regardless of how it ended. If I busted in 8th on a stupid bluff or my A-A got cracked I was shaking everyone’s hand and getting down on one knee.”

The final table payouts were:

1st Ian Simpson - €265,000
2nd Michael Farrelly - €141,500
3rd Mark Davis - €99,000
4th Namir Mohamed - €67,500
5th Calvin Anderson - €49,000
6th Declan Connolly - €37,500
7th Tom Brady - €28,000
8th Adam Fallon - €20,500

The Irish Open was started over 30 years ago by legendary bookie Terry Rogers who had seen the game played in Las Vegas and brought it back to Dublin. It is hosted every Easter weekend in the Irish Capital and attracts hundreds of players from around the world and is broadcast to poker fans globally via the internet.