One of Irish poker's most famous cousins, the ever-popular Padraig Parkinson, has had a major health set back after suffering a heart attack just a few days ago. Thankfully Mr Parkinson looks set to make a full recovery and is already back to his jovial best and cracking jokes on his Twitter account.
On Tuesday Parkinson informed his followers on the micro blogging platform, Twitter:
1 heart attack.2days in intensive care.They say in 1 month I will live a normal life;Small price to payFollow @padraig888
Well wished tweeted get well messages to Parkinson and it was not long before he was back telling gags. [sic] “French cardiologist muttered something about 2 drinks a day as I left hospital. I didnt feel like it but had them anyway” he tweeted on Wednesday followed by, “Thanks to all who tweeted, etc to see if I was alive.9 mths after I quit cigs I had a heart attack carrying 26 euros worth of fruit and veg”
Parkinson has tournament cashes dating all the way back to 1994 on his Hendon Mob page, cashes totalling $1,627,422. His largest score came in 1999 when he finished third in the World Series of Poker Main Event for $489,125, which was the year fellow Irishman Noel Furlong won the “Big Dance.” He finished third again in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em WSOP bracelet event in 2006 and more recently he won the €2,000 Main Event of the PokerStars UKIPT Galway for a €103,500 score.
Everyone at PokerNews wishes Padraig a full and speedy recovery and hope to see him back where he belongs, at the felt, in the very near future.