The Pokerstars UK & Ireland Poker Tour Galway has concluded in perhaps the best possible way for the tour, with a high profile and tremendously popular champion. Hometown hero Padraig Parkinson walked away the winner of the title, €125,000 and a seat in the EPT London after he defeated Paul Marrow heads up last night.
The heads up match was short but entertaining between Parkinson and his friend Marrow, which was effectively over when Parkinson won an early race with ace-queen to the pocket sixes of Marrow. This forced an all in confrontation with the king queen of Parkinson against the modest 2-5 of Marrow to give the local boy the win.
Parkinson will no doubt prove a popular champion, as he is one of the most entertaining and liked players in the world. Parkinson made a name for himself when he came 3rd in the 1999 World Series of Poker Main event and later went on to win the 5th series of Late Night Poker, but has more recently won himself fans world over for his antics as co-commentator to Jesse May in TV poker tournaments and the Poker Show radio show.
Never short of a word or two, he commented after the win ‘I was born just down the road so I can't believe that I won it. If anyone wants a drink, I'm buying!'
UKIPT Galway payouts
1. Padraig Parkinson €125,000 (+£5,000 EPT qualifier)
2. Paul Marrow €82,000
3. Ben Lefew €52,000 (PokerStars qualifier)
4. Michael Graydon €36,000 (PokerStars qualifier)
5. Michael McFadgen €22,000 (PokerStars player)
6. Paul Dooley €17,000
7. Vinny Cosgrove €13,000
8. Cat O'Neill €11,000
9. Trevor Bulless €9,000
Satellites have already started on Pokerstars for leg two of the tour, which takes place at the Manchester G Casino in February.