Nicky Powers To Victory As Nearly €40,000 Raised At Poker For The Homeless Charity Event

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Waterford notches up second consecutive victory in Europe's leading charity poker tournament with victory for Nicky Power as almost €40,000 raised for Irish homeless charities

The Poker for the Homeless (formerly Simon Poker Day) charity tournament at the PartyPoker.com Irish Poker Championship in Galway was won by Waterford man Nicky Power.

The €330 event, of which €100 went directly to homeless charities in Ireland, raised close to €40,000. Of this, €18,200 was collected on the day from the prize pool at the charity poker tournament and will be donated to Galway Simon Community. A further €6,000 was collected in donations and €13,000 has been pledged and will be collected over the coming weeks. This money will be divided between Dublin Simon Community and Brother Kevin at the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin.

It was the second year the southwest Irish city triumphed in the event with Pat Storan having lifted the honours in 2008. Power also follows in the footsteps of former world champion Noel Furlong who won the event in 2007.

A host of big name players littered the 128 strong field including Kenna James, Marty Smyth, Ciaran O'Leary, and "Mad" Marty Wilson.

Many of Europe's leading online poker rooms dug deep with PartyPoker.com, Ladbrokespoker.com, Boylepoker.com, BrucePoker.com, and PokerTrillion.com having offered generous support for the fundraising tournament.

Tournament organisers Pokerevents.ie made a sizable donation and even the massage girls got into the giving spirit donating a generous and unexpected €380 from their wages from the weekend.

The victor, Nicky Power, who is sponsored by BrucePoker and is a former Irish Open finalist said, "This is what the weekend is all about. I got rid of my chips in the main event so I could jump into the Poker for the Homeless charity event. Some carpet salesman called Noel Furlong won it a couple of years ago so I feel a bit like a world champion now. Anto O'Callaghan made a brave stab at the title and would have been a worthy champion but I was just too good ultimately."

Padraig Parkinson, one of the organisers of the event, added, "We'd like to thank everyone who played and all the companies who contributed financially to the success of the event. Without them it wouldn't exist and we're deeply grateful.

"Congratulations to Nicky who not only won the event but brought his sponsor on board, however I think we'll have to pay a visit to Waterford next to try and get some of that money back -- they keep following Poker for the Homeless around like they were homeless themselves and I think it's about time we went down and raided their pantry!"

The final table results were:
1. Nicky Power (Waterford) €7,150
2. Anto O'Callaghan (Dublin) €5,000
3. Rory Hogan (Limerick) €4,000
4. Barry Shafar (Glasgow) €2,500
5. Derek Long (Galway) €2,000
6. Thomas McInerny (Limerick) €1,450
7. Trevor McGoona (Co.Meath) €1,100
8. Adam Fallon (Dublin) €850

Poker for the Homeless will return later in the year to add to the almost €140,000 raised for Irish homeless charities over the last three years.

Notes to editors
Poker for the Homeless, formerly known as Simon Poker Day, is a charity collective in Ireland raising money for a variety of homeless charities including Simon Community, Brother Kevin of the Capuchin Day Centre. Over three years and two events more than €100,000 has been raised and donated for these charities.

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