UKIPT Galway: Final table ready to kick off
So this is it. The final table of the inaugural United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) and it's Galway that has had the pleasure, nay, the honour, of hosting the first event. We've got five Irish players at the final table; Padraig Parkinson, Michael Graydon, Cat O'Neill, Paul Dooley and Vincent Cosgrove, who are all trying to keep the UKIPT Galway title on home soil (and win the small matter of €125,000 for first prize and a £5,000 entry into the EPT London). On the other side we have Brits Paul Marrow and Trevor Bulless, American Ben Lefew and Canadian Michael McFadgen all itching to win the trophy. The seats have been drawn and it's looking to be a great final table with 22 minutes left at the 6,000/12,000 (1500) level.
The €2,000 UKIPT Galway main event started three days with 259 players contributing to a €471,380 prize pool. Check out the player profiles and at the bottom of this blog you'll find links to yesterdays action.
THE FINAL TABLE SEAT DRAW
Seat 1: Michael Graydon from Dublin, Ireland (24)
Final table chip count: 585,000
BIGMICKG as he is known online is a feared sit-and-go player who topped sit-and-go leader boards last year. The former supernova elite made the money at this year's World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event for $25,027. Graydon qualified for the UKIPT through PokerStars.
Seat 2: Cat O'Neill from Dublin, Ireland (27)
Final table chip count: 535,000
Online fraud analyst Cat O'Neill has been playing poker for two years and tries to play as frequently as possible. She was bought into the event by her boyfriend, Rob Taylor, who also played and cashed in 34th place for €2,800. O'Neill said, 'He buys me in and I spend the winnings!'
Seat 3: Michael McFadgen from Toronto, Canada (23)
Final table chip count: 585,500
One of a few young professional poker players at the table, McFadgen has been playing for 5 years and owns training site SNGMentors.com. His friend kardlo69, who is in line for a percentage of his winnings, won 3 seats for the event at PokerStars and passed one on McFadgen.
Seat 4: Ben Lefew from Harvard, Illinois (24)
Final table chip count: 928,500
Lefew qualified for the UKIPT Galway through a $8.88 rebuy at the beginning of December, but that's not to say this is an ordinary low stakes player. The full time pro's biggest score was in the WCOOP main event where he finished 6th for $375,000 under the name Chong94. He's been playing around 5 years and qualified for the event for a total of $26 because he 'wanted to do some travelling and this was a cheap way to do it.'
Seat 5: Padraig Parkinson from Paris, France (52)
Final table chip count: 693,500
Irishman Padraig Parkinson needs little introduction as one of Irish poker's most famous sons. A professional poker player for 20 years Parkinson has successfully turned his hand to commentating and broadcasting as well as doing a lot of charity work for the homeless. Parkinson finished third in the WSOP Main Event in 1999 for $489,125 when fellow Irishman Noel Furlong won.
Seat 6: Vinny Cosgrove from Tuam, Ireland
Final table chip count: 301,000
Hometown hero Vinny Cosgrove hails from Tuam, a small town in County Galway. Cosgrove has had the most vocal support of the tournament and could make the final table an electrifying event if he gets an early double up.
Seat 7: Paul Marrow from Liverpool, United Kingdom (50)
Final table chip count: 1,000,500
Chipleader Paul has been playing poker for around 4 years and is a man with a point to prove. 'I'm known as a bit of a lunatic player and I'm always getting friends like Neil Channing telling me to just play poker and stop being stupid.' Marrow, who plays cash games online and live a couple of times a week, headed to the event knowing that he was going to win it. Whether the other players have something to say about it is another matter.
Seat 8: Trevor Bulless from Essex, United Kingdom (65)
Part-time player Bulless has been playing for 8 years at a local casino and since retiring from the motor industry poker has become a favourite pastime. Although he's scored a few final tables during his poker career this is by far and away his biggest with a guaranteed payout of at least €9,000. If he wins big he intends to use some of it to bankroll entry into bigger tournaments such on the EPT circuit.
Seat 9: Paul Dooley from Letterkenny, Ireland (37)
Final table chip count: 376,500
After playing for four years it seems Paul Dooley has worked out what it's all about. Fresh off a final table finish in the Irish Masters for €22,400 the part-time player is well positioned to make another sizeable score if the cards run his way. When not at work at a bank he also likes to play golf.
Click the following links to catch up with yesterday's action: