On Monday, April 1st, the 2013 Irish Open came to an end in Dublin, Ireland at the Burlington Hotel. After finishing in fourth place in last year’s Irish Open, Ian Simpson made a fantastic comeback to win the grand prize in this year’s Irish Open poker tournament. In addition to winning the title, Simpson also bested Michael Farrelly heads up. For his first place finish, Simpson took home £265,000 as well as asked for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage. Of course, she said yes!
Although Simpson was the ultimate winner of the 2013 Irish Open, there were several other notable players that were seen at the final table. Michael Farrelly finished in second place with £141,500 and Mark Davis took third place with £99,000. Namir Mohamed, Calvin Anderson, Declan Connolly, Tom Brady and Adam Fallon were also among the eight finalists at the final table with Simpson.
Once Adam Fallon reached the final table, he was disappointed once he was eliminated from the table. Fallon was forced to reschedule his flight back to the United States, but Fallon found himself all-in and at risk Pre-Flop holding an Ace-Jack unsuited. Unfortunately, Fallon’s hand was not able to hold against Farrelly’s Ace-King unsuited. The Flop, Turn and River gave the board triple Nines, a Queen and Six. After Fallon’s elimination, Tom Brady was the next player to leave the tournament when his short stack all-in Pre-Flop was called by two other opponents. The Flop, Turn and River gave the board an Ace, Five, King, Ten and Seven and Namir Mohamed showed an Ace. Brady was holding a Six-Three unsuited, ultimately sending him home.
Mohammed took fourth place after he lost a race to Simpson. Once Farrelly opened for a raise Pre-Flop, Mohamed three-bet shoved, only to have Simpson shove again. Fortunately for Simpson, his pocket Tens held up against Mohamed’s Ace-Queen unsuited. The Flop, Turn and River gave the board a Jack, Five, Eight, Three and Six.
Mark Davis took third place and winner would be determined within three hands of heads-up play between Farrelly and Simpson. Farrelly was holding a Seven-Four unsuited and Simpson was holding a Four-Three unsuited. The Flop revealed a Queen, Five and Six on the board. Farrelly immediately bet and Simpson raised his bet to one million. Farrelly then proceeded to move all-in and Simpson called. Both players were holding open-ended straight draws. Unfortunately, Farrelly’s open-ended straight was not as strong as Simpson’s. The Turn revealed an Eight on the board and the Two spiked on the River, ultimately giving Simpson the winning hand.
Before any of the cards on the table were removed from the last game, Simpson got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend, Emma. In addition to Simpson’s great winnings, he also went home knowing who he would be spending the rest of his life with.