PaddyPower Called to Give Evidence at Poker Court Case

PaddyPower Called to Give Evidence at Poker Court Case

Monday, 31 December 2012

Bookmaker Paddy Power is well used to being the centre of attention after staging a host of high profile publicity stunts from Nicklas Bendtner's underpants to chav tranquiliser YouTube ads.

The Irish bookie will be on more unfamiliar territory next month though after being called to give evidence in a poker-related court case.

The case at Limerick Crown Court, involves poker player Paul Carr who is seeking the return of €36,000 that was seized by local police who claim that he obtained the money by criminal means rather than at the poker tables.

Carr pocketed €312,600 after finishing second in the 2010 Irish Open and claims that the €36,000 found by police was part of his prize money. According to the Limerick Post Carr claims that he gave the cash to a friend for safe keeping. Police had seized the cash after a raid on the friend's house under the misuse of drugs act. No drugs were found during the raid.

A previous attempt to get the money returned was rejected at the District Court. Carr is now objecting to a Circuit Court application to have the money forfeit to the State.

State counsel John O'Sullivan has called for Paddy Power to give evidence relating to poker tournaments hosted by the Irish firm.

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