Poker ace spends win on full house
A MAN from one of the most deprived estates in the country has vowed to spend a €300,000 poker prize pot on a new house.
Paul Carr (30) from Moyross, Co Limerick, at one point looked set to capture the Paddy Power Irish Open title at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin on Monday.
Sporting a yellow Munster jersey and shouted on by dozens of supporters, Mr Carr was at one stage just one card away from winning the title.
But ultimately the cards fell the way of his English opponent James Mitchell, and he had to settle for the second prize of €312,600.
Mr Carr said he was both "thrilled and disappointed".
James Mitchell from Wimbledon, London, eventually walked away with the €600,000 pot at the No Limit Texas hold 'em tournament following a gruelling four-day session at the tables.
Mr Mitchell, just 20 years old, looked shocked to have won one of the biggest poker tournaments in Europe. This year's poker classic attracted a record-equalling field of 708 players. The prize pool of over €2.2m was distributed proportionally among the top 72 finishers.
Also taking part were retired soccer stars Teddy Sheringham and Tony Cascarino along with former Leinster rugby player Reggie Corrigan -- all of whom had no success.
Former world snooker champion Ken Doherty won €4,000 after claiming 65th.