UKIPT Dublin: Final table player profiles
It's final table day here at PokerStars UKIPT Dublin, where eight players have their beady eyes on the €72,000 first prize.
They're already guaranteed €6,900, a not-too-shabby return on the €500 entry fee. Play begins, or at least it's supposed to, at 1pm. You can learn about the final table players below, in our handy 'learn-about-the-final-table-players guide'. It's free.
Tom Kitt, 31, Dublin, Ireland - 1,936,000
Tom is a singer/songwriter who lives in Dublin, where he's somewhat of a local celebrity. He started playing live about three years ago although he plays a little online on PokerStars. While he did play poker quite seriously for two years, music is now his main job, though he continues to play fairly regularly. Mainly a tournament player, his best result to date was a fifth place finish at the Waterford Masters. Tom's brother is also a singer/songwriter, but his family is also well known in Dublin as his father is a TD in the Irish Parliament.
Kevin Allen, 30, Essex, United Kingdom - 1,527,000
Kevin is no stranger to big money final tables, having bagged $100,000 with a fifth place finish at the Poker Million back in 2008. The father of three's largest online cash was for $53,000 and it's there he normally plies his professional trade, competing in freezeouts from $150. This is his first live tournament since getting back from World Series and it seems that the rest has proved to be a sensible one. Allen started life following in the footsteps of his relatives Clive and Paul Allen who played for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, but injuries led him to pursuing a life as a professional poker player instead.
Ciaran Taggart, 23, Dublin, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier - 1,386,000
Ciaran Taggart has spent more time at the tables than any other player at the final table - he's a dealer. The 23 year old, from Dublin, has played poker for four years and enjoys playing online at PokerStars, but he also tries to play the big live events locally - and the UKIPT stop in his home city was too good to miss. Taggart's live play has netted him $37,500 in winnings, so a victory here would be his biggest score by far.
Max Silver, 20, Dublin, Ireland - 1,234,000
Max is on a back-to-back UKIPT Final Table, having come sixth for £8,200 at UKIPT Edinburgh - a considerable achievement for the 20 year old, who cites that achievement as his best result to date. Max started playing live poker at home as a youngster but moved on to online poker at 18, where he plays mainly $1/$2 and $5/$10 No Limit Hold'em cash games. Ironically, he says he hates tournaments! Max mentioned that he will be getting his hair cut in time for the final table - perhaps wanting to look smart for his friends coming to support him from the rail.
Ronan Gilligan, 32, Galway, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier - 1,065,000
Ronan has been playing live poker for four years but also plays online. A medical marketing manager, Ronan plays No Limit Hold 'em at a variety of levels. His best live result to date is €5,000 at the Eglinton casino though he has won €7,000 in an online tournament. Ronan has a wife and two children aged one and three.
Anton Kouliavtsev, 24, Utrecht, Netherlands - 844,000
Anton is a 24-year-old graphic artist from Utrecht. This is his third UKIPT event this season - and the first time he has made Day 2, let alone a final table. Kouliavtsev is a friend of UKIPT Manchester winner Joeri Zandvliet, and he's been wearing Zandvliet's lucky hat for the past two days. Kouliavtsev has been playing poker for six years and says he is learning the game all the time. This will be his first major cash.
Peter McGarvey, 20, Dublin, Ireland - 399,000
Peter is a chef from Dublin who started playing online poker when he was 18. He used to play $10/$20 No Limit Hold'em cash games but now mainly plays $1/$2 cash games and small tournaments. His best result to date is €3,500 in a cash game in February, but this final table surpasses his best tournament result to date of €900.
Ursula Marmion, Co Galway, Ireland - 281,000
Ursula is a live player who has only been playing seriously since January. She manages a local development company but plays poker fairly regularly at her local pub. She's also started playing at her local casino, the Eglinton in Galway. This is her best result to date, however she won't be able to strive for a second final table next year as she will be taking part in the Loughrea triathlon.