€140k overlay at the PokerStars UKIPT Galway Main Event
PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker had high hopes for the recently concluded UKIPT stop in Galway. The Main Event featured an ambitious €1 million guarantee and Full Tilt Poker unveiled their four brand ambassadors for the UKIPT tour at the tournament series. Even the big names from Full Tilt were in attendance, Gus Hansen and Viktor Blom –Blom didn’t even go to the WSOP this year.
But for all their efforts the tournament series itself was a bit of a letdown. The larger buy-in tournaments drew small fields, and the Main Event fell well short of its guarantee, producing a €140,000 overlay for the players in the field.
The one area where the UKIPT Galway stop impressed was the live stream and coverage hosted on the Full Tilt Poker website. I spoke about the live feed coverage at length in an article earlier this week for those interested in reading more about it: http://pokernewsboy.com/tournament-news/ukipt-live-stream-could-revolutionize-tournament-coverage/14260
As far as the UKIPT Galway Main Event was concerned; it played much like any other UKIPT tournament, although there was definitely a buzz and excitement surrounding this tournament that typical stops on the tour don’t often see. The addition of Full Tilt Poker as a major force behind the UKIPT seems to be a big step forward for the tour.
In all, 860 players took part in the €1,000 buy-in tournament, which was won by the UK’s Alan Gold, who collected nearly a quarter of a million Euros for the victory. Scotland’s Paul Febers came in second place, collecting some €200,000 for his efforts.
In addition to the sizable amount of prize-money he received, Alan Gold also won the Full Tilt Poker last longer competition, which was between all UKIPT Galway participants who qualified for the tournament via the online poker tables at Full Tilt Poker. And what was Gold’s prize for winning the last longer promotion? He’ll receive free entry into the remaining UKIPT Main Event tournaments for the remainder of the current season, Season 4.
Here is a look at the complete final table payouts from the tournament:
1. Alan Gold — €187,494 ($248,923)
2. Paul Febers — €149,906 ($199,020)
3. Daragh Davey — €80,400 ($106,742)
4. Dimitri Pembroke — €62,000 ($82,313)
5. Damian Porebski — €45,300 ($60,142)
6. Ben Spragg — €30,210 ($40,108)
7. Christy Morkan — €22,310 ($29,620)
8. Jonathan Slater — €16,500 ($21,906)
9. Max Silver — €13,100 ($17,392)
10. Peter Murphy — €13,100 ($17,392)
*Results courtesy of The Hendon Mob database
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