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Paddy’s Corner

by Padraig Parkinson |  Published: Jun 01, 2010


One of a Kind Like hundreds of others, I came into town in great spirits for Europe’s best tournament, the Irish Open. That didn’t last long. It was nothing to do with the tournament, which was the best since the old days in the Eccentric’s Club. But shortly after I arrived, I was told that my old friend Tom Connell, known to all as Laramie had moved on to the great game in the sky. He’ll be a great addition to that game but that’s not much good to us. Tom’s introduction to poker, more than 50 years ago would have put a lot of people off the game for life. He came from a farming background and when his father died young Tom became the man of the family. In this role, at the tender age of 19, he was sent into town a couple of days before Christmas ...

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