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Padraig Parkinson Wins UKIPT Galway
Irish poker legend Padraig Parkinson made history by winning the very first PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour event in Galway last night.
Parkinson was born in Galway and received his share of hometown support as he outlasted 258 players to win €125,000 and the inaugural UKIPT Galway title.
“I was born just down the road so I can’t believe that I won it,” said Parkinson just moments after his victory. “If anyone wants a drink, I’m buying.”
Parkinson was reportedly drinking heavily during the first two days of the event before tournament staff cut him off and threatened to remove him from the tournament.
However, he persevered and made the final with a healthy chip stack.
In the end, the final table was no cakewalk for Parkinson, as he had to outlast Ben “Chong94” Lefew, Michael “BIGMICKG” Graydon and face close friend Paul Marrow in heads-up play.
The decisive hand of the heads-up match was a race with Parkinson's A-Q against Marrow’s pocket sixes. A queen hit on the flop and that was enough to secure Parkinson the majority of the chips.
Several hands later, Marrow shoved with a modest 5-2 and Parkinson called with K-Q. Parkinson hit another queen on the flop and that gave him the UKIPT Galway title.
After heads-up concluded, Marrow admitted that a part of him wanted to see Parkinson take the Irish Championship in his hometown.
Parkinson came in third in the 1999 WSOP Main Event for $389,125 and is one of the most well-known players in Irish poker history.
The second event of the inaugural UKIPT season will take place at the G Casino in Manchester, England, on Feb. 11-14, 2010. Check the UKIPT website for complete details.
Here are the complete final table payouts for UKIPT Galway:
1. Padraig Parkinson – €125,000
2. Paul Marrow – €82,000
3. Ben Lefew – €52,000
4. Michael Graydon – €36,000
5. Michael McFadgen – €22,000
6. Paul Dooley – €17,000
7. Vincent Cosgrove – €13,000
8. Cat O’Neil – €11,000
9. Trevor Bulless – €9,000