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Ian Simpson - My Year As A Poker Pro

by Ian Simpson |  Published: Mar 01, 2013


The Paddy Power Poker Irish Open 2012 saw school teacher Ian Simpson from Newcastle, England, come fourth in the main event. While falling short of winning he scored a not-to-shabby €107,500. On top of that he was the online qualifer who lasted longest in the event securing another €100,000 as the Sole Survivor – €50,000 in cash and €50 in tournament buy ins. Simpson decided to take a sabbatical from his job and spend a year living the dream as a poker pro. With his year on the circuit coming to an end and the Irish Open 2013 just around the corner (March 20 to April 1) Card Player caught up with Simpson to see if his life as the Sole Survivor was indeed a “dream come true”. Brendan Murray: Describe the level of poker player you were before you entered the Irish Open 2012 (and perhaps how you ...

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