Englishman Ian Simpson improved on his fourth place finish in 2012 to win the 2013 Irish Poker Open at the Burlington Hotel.
Simpson outlasted a field of 505 players from 29 countries to win the first place prize of €265,000.
The victory continued Simpson’s love affair with the Irish Poker Open.
Last year he qualified for the tournament online and made it all the way to the final table and was awarded an additional €50,000 in cash and €50,000 in tournament buy ins for being the Paddy Power Sole Survivor.
Simpson was overwhelmed by the victory but paid tribute to his outstanding support network.
“It’s the most amazing experience of my life,” Simpson said.
“I’m completely overwhelmed by the support and love from all my friends and family, not to mention the kids at BCHS [where he works a teacher] who stayed up late and cheered me on, it really meant the world to me.”
Simpson’s exceptional day didn’t end with the tournament victory – he shocked the crowd and his girlfriend by asking her to marry him and received a quick yes in response.
“Winning a tournament of this scale is life changing but winning Emma’s hand in marriage is even more so,” Simpson said.
“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.”
Calvin Anderson, who finished in fifth place, was this year’s Paddy Power Sole Survivor and will be hoping he can replicate Simpson’s amazing run next year.
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