UKIPT Galway: Day 4, level 25&26

December 14, 2009


Updates from day 4, level 25&26 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey.

There’s just five players left at the break of the UKIPT Galway. Former chip leader Paul Marrow lost a huge stack to Ben Lefew just before the break and will be having a stressful hour away from the table, but maybe that’s just what he needs. Although Lefew has the chip lead any of the four players could make a run at the €125,000 first prize. Parkinson is second in chips with just over one million – and is in the seat directly to the left of Lefew. The experienced player will be happy with his position.

A total of 259 players entered the event putting together a €471,380 prize pool of which the biggest slice is now being played for. Our video blogging team have been grafting hard all the way through the tournament at and here’s a couple of its most recent offerings, including an interview with chip leader Ben Lefew.

Watch UKIPT GALWAY: Ben Lefew on

Watch UKIPT GALWAY: Nick Wealthall UKIPT Host on


Ben Lefew – 2,312,000
Padraig Parkinson – 1,107,000
Michael Graydon – 885,000
Michael McFadgen – 523,000
Paul Marrow – 335,000


‘One for me and one for the little fella with the hat’

Level 25: blinds 15,000/30,000 (3000)

7.03pm: McFadgen has a sweat
The short stacks have been shoving and not getting action until McFadgen’s AK offsuit is called by Lefew’s A♦ K♦ all-in. The flop brings a terrifying two diamond flop but a black card and a heart on the turn and river chop the pot.

7.18pm: Michael McFadgen is out in 5th for €22,000
McFadgen raises to 75,000 and is shoved on by Marrow with QT and the young Canadian snap calls with Aces. The flop brings Q♥ 10♠ 2♠ for a sickening outdraw two-pair and McFadgen is out in the harshest of ways as Marrow celebrates. It’s a horribel beat and undeserved for someone that has played so well throughout the tournament.

7.32pm: Marrow puttin his foot to the metal
Paul Marrow has come back from the break with his finger glued to the all-in button. If he’s not all-in pre-flop he’s sticking it in on the flop. The tactic is working well, albeit with some help from an ace-cracking Queen Ten, but he’s picking up a lot of pots.

7.50pm: Graydon doubles up…
Graydon 3-bet shoves all-in for 415,000 over Marrow’s button raise. Marrow snap calls with pocket 3’s versus Mick’s A♥ 5♠ and the pair are off to the races for Graydon’s tournament life. An Ace on the flop holds and Graydon is up to 860,000.

7.50pm: Michael Graydon is out in 4th for €36,000
Graydon has fallen in a bloody battle of the blinds with fellow internet pro Ben Lefew. Graydon raised from the small blind to 75,000 on the last hand before the break and Lefew 3-bet to 230,000. Graydon, aka BIGMICKG, made the 4-bet all-in shove for over 850,000 total. Lefew went into the tank working out if he could fold his A♥ 5♥ but with the call being 600,000 into a pot of just over a million he resignedly made the call. Graydon turned over K♥ 2♠ and an Ace on the flop all but killed Graydon’s tournament life. An optimistic 2♦ got the Irish crowd shouting for a King (or a deuce) but it wasn’t to be. Graydon collects €36,000 for a well played 4th place finish.

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Graydon’s final shove couldn’t make Lefew pass his Ace

8.10pm: Level 26: blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000)
After a small break to colour up there’s been a few skirmishes… Hold on…

8.21pm: Parkinson doubles through Lefew
Lefew limps on the small blind with A7 and Parkinson moves all-in for around a million chips and Lefew insta-calls with A5. The board looks set for a chop with three eights but a 4 on the flop and a 3 on the river letting Parkinson double up and take the chip lead.

8.36pm: Lefew’s hero call off the pace
Lefew calls Marrows 170,000 bet on the river of a 4♠ 7♦ K♥ 9♦ Q♣ board but mucks his hand when Marrow shows 95. Lefew’s stack is definitely going in the wrong direction.

8.51pm: Ben Lefew is out in 3rd for €52,000
24-year old Ben Lefew, aka Chong94, has busted in 3rd for €52,000. It’s an incredible return on the $26 he spent qualifying for the event through a $8.88 rebuy. Paul Marrow raised from the small blind with J♥ 10♦ for 95,000 and Lefew shoved for just over a million. Marrow made a big call and Lefew showed A♠ 6♠. The board ran out K♠ 4♠ Q♥ A♦ 3♥. It was a brutal turn card for Lefew who has played well these last few days and showed exactly why he won $375,000 coming sixth in the WCOOP main event. So it’s heads up for the title and €125,000!

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Ben Lefew did the US of A proud

8.55pm: Going to the heads up
It’s Padraig Parkinson versus Paul Marrow heads up for the title.

Paul Marrow – 2,835,000
Padraig Parkinson – 2,265,000

The winner gets €125,000 and entry into the £5,000 EPT London main event. The runner up bags a very, very, very healthy pay day of €82,00.

9.21pm: Back into the action
Following a short break the pair are back into the thick of it.

9.28pm: Parkinson wins a huge flip
AQ for Parkinson and 66 for Marrow and it’s a Queen on the flop. Parkinson has 4m. Marrow around a million.

9.34pm: A few all-ins later…
Marrow has J♠ Q♠ and is called by Parkinson with A♣ 7♣. Paul has 1.5m.

9.39pm: Padraig Parkinson wins the UKIPT Galway for €125,000!
Yes, he can! The Obama cries have been shouted out all day long and Parkinson has managed to keep the inugural Galway title in Irish hands. Marrow lost the all important flip and after one small double up he got it in with 2♣ 5♥ against Parkinson’s K♥ Q♥. The board ran out 4♣ Q♦ 2♣ 4♠ A♠ as Parkinson scooped it all. Marrow takes home €82,000 for second.

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Parkinson wins not only €125,000 but a giant Guinness glass (okay, it’s trophy)


Runner-up Paul Marrow wins €82,000


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