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Noel Furlong
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Noel Furlong in the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic event
Nickname(s) Noel
Hometown Dublin, Ireland
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finishes 3
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
Winner, 1999
Information accurate as of 26 August 2009.

J. J. Furlong (born December 25, 1937 in Dublin, Ireland) is a recreational poker player who won the 1999 World Series of Poker main event. He originally became a millionaire from his carpet manufacturing business. He was given the nickname "Noel" because he was born on Christmas Day.

Furlong began playing poker in 1984, and in his first trip to the World Series of Poker in 1989, he placed 6th in the main event. Ten years later Furlong's biggest win came in the 1999 WSOP main event, in which he won $1 million.

Until Andy Black's 5th place finish at the 2005 World Series of Poker main event, he was the top money-winning Irish poker player in the world.

Furlong also won the Irish Poker Open, the longest running tournament in Europe (and now one of the largest), in 1987 and again in 1989.

As of 2009, Furlong's total live tournament winnings exceed $1,100,000.[1] His 3 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,070,785 of those winnings.[2]

Furlong owns a carpet distribution company that does over $100 million worth of business a year. Because of his involvement with the carpet business he doesn't play poker frequently, usually only the WSOP and tournaments in Ireland and western Europe.

Furlong is also a horse trainer.


  1. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  2. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings,

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