UKIPT Killarney: Final tables profiles
It's day four of the UKIPT Killarney and only eight of the 253 players who started remain. We have five Irishmen two Englishmen and a German. It remains to be seen if the fireworks on the felt between Philip Phu, Mike Hill and Jens Schmukal match those that we expect to witness in Bloemfontein. The tournament organisers have set up a large screen in the poker room so, if they wish to, the final tablists can keep at least one eye on the football.
Current chip leader Fami Fakinle is a self confessed Liverpool fan, like Steven Gerrard he'll be hoping to lead from the front to victory today. Although we can't be sure if Fakinle will take home the title (and the lovely crystal trophy) we do know that Mike Hill will sit atop the UKIPT leaderboard after today's final table the only question is how big his lead will be over Chris Brammer. Full final table profiles of our remaining eight are below.
Philip Phu, 19, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier - 231,000
Philip lives in London and is playing his first ever live event here in Killarney, having qualified for €1. His favourite type of poker is multi-table tournaments. He is currently studying accountancy at Bromley College and he plays poker on PokerStars using the name Huyy888. He enjoys watching Scotty Nguyen play, who he believes is good entertainment.
Aonghus Farrell, 23, Ireland - 206,000
Aonghus started playing poker four years ago and continues to play as a hobby, his favourite form of the game being online No-Limit Hold-em. From Tuam, Co.Galway, Aonghus will be starting college in September to study Business Studies. His final table place means he has eclipsed his biggest win to date of €2,500.
Jens Schmukal, 25, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier - 453,000
Jens lives in Obersulm in Germany and started playing online on PokerStars in 2005. He is officially a student, studying History and Politics, but considers himself a part-time pro. Away from his studies and the poker table, he enjoys football and socialising with friends. Jens prefers live poker, but likes the fact that you can play more online. His best result to date is $15,000 at the Caesar's Palace Deepstack Series. He has also qualified on PokerStars for the Estrellas Poker Tour Alicante stop.
Brian Downey, 26, Ireland - 602,000
Brian, from Cork, started playing poker online five years ago. A part-time player, he works in an electronics factory. Brian is here with his girlfriend as well as a few lads from his local poker club who will be railing him tomorrow. He prefers live No-Limit Hold'em tournaments over other forms of poker, and his best poker result to date is winning a tournament in Cork for €10,000. Brian is also a pretty good football player.
David Rowley, 23, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier - 361,000
Edinburgh-based David started playing poker five year ago online. He's a qualified electrician for whom poker is a hobby. He prefers tournament play, and likes the structure of live play, but the ease and speed of online play. His greatest cash to date was when he final tabled the Sunday Warm-Up. If he wins today he would like to travel the world.
Michael Hill, 47, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player - 222,000
Michael, nicknamed 'Da Bookie', started playing online poker in 2005, and is a bookmaker by profession. He is semi-pro who would like to become a full-time professional. Father to an eight-year-old son, Adam, he is a live player who likes No-Limit Hold'em tournaments. His biggest cash to date was when he came third at UKIPT Manchester to win £23,500. The first player to final table two UKIPT tournaments, he enjoys the UKIPT and believes it is great value. He has won $250,000 in prize money since 2008 and qualified for the 2007 EPT Grand Final for $23.80 on PokerStars.
Peter Barrable, 26, Ireland - 607,000
Born and bred in Dublin, Peter has been playing poker for approximately three years. He started playing poker in Spain at his uncle's bar in Alicante, 'Dirty Nelly's'. He plays almost exclusively live poker and is part-owner of a card club called 'The Bluff Card Club'. A part-time player, he is a car dealer by profession whose biggest win to date is €8,000 at a tournament in Dublin. A very keen Motorsport fan, Peter was part of the Irish team that won the Nations Cup Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in November 2008 and he has represented Ireland many times in Motorsport events. Peter, whose father and uncle were also professional drivers, is currently taking ai break from competitive Motorsport as it is a very time-consuming hobby.
Femi Fakinle, 26, Ireland, PokerStars Qualifier - 1,045,500, chip leader
Femi, from Wexford Town, started playing poker three years ago after being introduced to it by some friends. He learned to play online initially but now plays live poker more often. Femi plays three times a week at the Waterford Poker Club and the Quay Casino, Wexford, generally playing cash games. He prefers live cash games but also likes tournaments and qualified online on PokerStars under the User ID 'sniperace84'. Engaged to Debbie, Femi has two children, Dillon (5) and Deon (2) and the couple have another child on the way. His biggest cash to date is €7,000, won in a tournament in Dublin. Femi is a handy chess player and a football fanatic, and although a Liverpool fan, his all-time favourite player is Zinedine Zidane.