1999 WSOP Foremost Occasion Champ Noel Furlong Passes Away at Age 83
The poker world is much less one former World Collection of Poker (WSOP) Foremost Occasion champion as Irishman Noel Furlong handed away on the age of 83 on Sunday. It was reported by The Irish Occasions that he died “peacefully at house.”
Recognized to poker followers because the winner of the 1999 WSOP Foremost Occasion and a two-time Irish Poker Open champ (1987 & 1989), Furlong was a outstanding Kildare-based businessman who based the profitable enterprise Furlong Flooring, a number one producer of carpets and different flooring merchandise. He additionally made a reputation for himself within the horse racing business.
He was truly born on Christmas Day in 1937 as J.J., however quickly was given the nickname “Noel.”
In keeping with The Hendon Mob, Furlong amassed $1,145,806 in dwell match earnings with $1 million of that coming from his WSOP win. The 1999 WSOP Foremost Occasion attracted 393 runners and to this present day has one of many hardest closing tables in historical past together with Alan Goehring (2nd), Erik Seidel (4th), Chris Bigler (fifth), and Huck Seed (sixth), who had gained the match three years earlier. There have been additionally two different Irishmen on the desk in Padraig Parkinson (third) and George McKeever (seventh).
He additionally completed sixth within the 1989 WSOP Foremost Occasion for $52,850 on his first journey to the WOSP. He additionally 2003 gained a €220 buy-in facet even on the Irish Winter Event in Dublin in addition to a €330 NLH Occasion on the 2002 Irish Poker Open for $14,841.
Extra not too long ago, Furlong completed thirty second within the 2011 PaddyPower Irish Poker Open Foremost Occasion for $13,580, his final profession money. Earlier than that, he gained the €330 Charity Occasion on the 2006 Boylepoker Irish Poker Tour Grand Remaining for $12,859. He was additionally noticed taking part in within the 2010 WSOP Europe Foremost Occasion, although he didn’t money.
For years, Furlong was Eire’s main poker participant, at the least when it comes to cash. He sat atop the nation’s all-time cash record till fellow countryman Andy Black completed fifth within the 2005 WSOP Foremost Occasion. On the time of his passing, Furlong sits 14th on Eire’s all-time cash record.
A non-public funeral will happen later this week in Monkstown, Dublin.
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