Accountant Wins Irish Open - Sunday 23rd of April 2006

IRELAND – Vincent Melinn won Ireland's largest ever poker tournament last night in dramatic fashion. It was only the 54year-old accountant's second live tournament. Melinn beat south Londoner Ian Woodley into second place.

Vincent backed himself with a €250 each way bet at 150-1 with Paddy Power picking up an extra €47,375 in winnings.

The final table of the tournament was broadcast around Europe on Sky Sports 2 from the Royal Dublin Society and has been hailed by many of Europe's top poker players as the best TV poker event ever. Sky Sports 3 repeats the coverage at 7pmn on Wednesday April 18th.

Poker commentator (the voice of poker), Jesse May said of the event 'It was just like Binion's (Las Vegas) in the old days. The atmosphere and camaraderie was great.'

The €1,068,000 prize pool was won by:

1 – Vincent Melinn €350,000

2 – Ian Woodley €182,000 (England)

3 - Brendan Ruane €90,000 (Ireland)

4 – Jon Wong - €70,000 (England)

5 – Conor Smyth €60.000 (Ireland)

6 – Paul Daly €50,000 (Ireland)

Melinn said of his victory, 'Its not about the money for me, its about the title. I've only ever played one tournament before and went out in that in my first hand but I knew from the early stages of this game I had a chance and I'm really so proud to have my name on the trophy.'

The Irish Open is Europe's oldest texas holdem tournament, celebrating its 25th year.

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