Irish Poker player, Paul Carr, has claimed that cash seized from Jason Ahern’s home were part of his Irish Open poker winnings and should not have been seized by the police.
In 2010, Paul Carr came second in the Irish Open poker tournament, winning a payout of €312,600, about $420,000. In 2011, €36,000 was confiscated from the Jason Ahern’s home. At the time of the seizure, the police said that the money found in Ahern’s home were proceeds that came from a crime.
Straight after the bust took place, Paul Carr, a close friend of Ahern, said that the €36,000 was part of his winnings from when he came second in the 2010 Irish Open. The police, however, were not convinced of this, and the case went to court.
In his attempt to make sure that the state did not get to keep the €36,000, Carr defended his position in court. At first, he lost his case in the District Court, after which he chose to take it to a higher court. The case went to the higher Limerick Court and was then adjourned until this month, January 2013.
The reason for the adjournment is that the John O’Sullivan, the Counsel for the State, asked for some time to contact the organizers of the poker tournament at which Carr got his large payout. Paddy Power organized the 2010 Irish Open, and O’Sullivan wishes to call the gambling company to the stand for questioning.
The tournament in which Carr made his winnings had a €3,500 buy-in fee. There were 708 players who began the tournament in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, included in which were a number of celebrities. Celebrity players included Ken Doherty, the Irish snooker player, Tony Cascarino, and Teddy Sheringham, who were former soccer players, and Michael Greco, a former actor in the well known Eastenders.
When Carr played in the 2010 Irish Open poker tournament, he came with many supporters from his home town. He was working as a window-blind fitter. The then 30-year-old poker player from Limerick was down on his luck financially. Just four days after the tournament began, Carr had earned over $420,000.