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Ian Simpson Wins the 2013 Irish Open

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The 2013 PaddyPowerPoker Irish Open came to a thrilling conclusion yesterday, with Ian Simpson emerging victorious. Simpson won €265,000and he gained a fiancée too!

Adam Fallon had to reschedule his flight back to America after reaching the Irish Open’s final table and he was left wondering why he had bothered to do so when he became the first casualty of the day. The chips went in preflop, Fallon with {A-Clubs}{J-Clubs} and Michael Farrelly holding {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}. The board ran out {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{6-Clubs}, and Farrelly’s king-kicker was enough to bust out Fallon.

Despite starting the eight-handed final table as the chip leader, Tom Brady’s tournament came to an abrupt end in seventh place. Having lost a huge pot to Ian Simpson when Simpson flopped trip fours to best Brady’s top pair, Brady then lost another to Calvin Anderson that left him with just 40,000 chips, which was less than a big blind. These chips went into the middle soon after but his lowly {6-Spades}{3-Diamonds} remained third best on a {A-Clubs}{5-Spades}{K-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds} board.

Declan Connolly was the next player to head for the exits and never has a player won €37,500 been so gutted. Connolly was cruising along until his aces were cracked by Farrelly’s {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts} when the board ran out {J-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. That bad beat left him with 495,000 chips and they went into the centre of the felt with {9-Hearts}{7-Clubs} and Simpson called with {J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}. There was little drama as the board ran out {3-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}, eliminating Connolly in sixth place.

Fifth place went to Calvin Anderson, who you may know better as “cal42688” the man ranked third in the world for online poker tournaments. Farrelly opened to 275,000 from the small blind and quickly called when Anderson three-bet all in for around 2,000,000 chips. Anderson showed just {Q-Clubs}{5-Spades} to Farrelly’s pocket threes and a {K-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{10-Clubs} flop kept those threes in front. The turn paired the board and the {3-Hearts} river filled Farrelly’s boat and eliminated Anderson. In addition to the €49,000 prize money, Anderson also picked up an additional €50,000 in cash, a 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event seat and entry to the 2014 Irish Open because he was the last surviving PaddyPowerPoker player in the field.

Namir Mohamed had started to become very active and the PaddyPowerPoker blog commented how he had been involved in almost every hand during the orbit that eventually claimed his tournament life. A raise by Farrelly was three-bet all in by Mohamed, re-shoved by Simpson and Farelly then folded. Mohamed held {A-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} but didn’t improve against the {10-Clubs}{10-Clubs} of Simpson when the five community cards fell {J-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{6-Spades} and was sent to the rail in four place.

Heads-up was reached soon after Mohamed’s demise when Mark Davis{A-Hearts}{7-Hearts} could not out run the {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} of Simpson, leaving Simpson to take a substantial 11,470,000 to 3,440,000 chip advantage over Farrelly.

The one-on-one battle lasted just three hands, the final hand seeing the chips go in on a {Q-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{6-Clubs} flop, Simpson holding {7-Diamonds}{4-Spades} to the {4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} of Farrelly. The turn and river were the {8-Diamonds} and {2-Diamonds} respectively, improving Simpson to a tournament winning flush and leaving Farrelly to claim the €141,500 runner-up prize.

Simpson’s victory was made all the more special by the fact he freerolled his way into the Main Event by winning the Sole Survivor competition in 2012, and by the fact his girlfriend accepted his proposal of marriage shortly after his victory!

2013 Irish Open final table results

1stIan Simpson€265,000
2ndMichael Farrelly€141,500
3rdMark Davis€99,000
4thNamir Mohamed€67,500
5thCalvin Anderson€49,000
6thDeclan Connolly€37,500
7thTom Brady€28,000
8thAdam Fallon€20,500

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