The Full Tilt Poker UKIPT Galway Main Event continued on Sunday as 51 players returned returned to the Full Tilt Village for Day 3 action. It took eight levels of play, but eventually that field was whittled down to the final table of eight. Sctoland's Alan Gold, who finished as the Day 1a chip leader earlier in the week, holds the biggest stack headed into the final table with 4,050,000. He was consistently at the top of the leader board and used his stack to play aggressively and constantly apply pressure to shorter stacks looking to ladder up. It proved a successful strategy that has him in contention for the €205,600 first-place prize.
Here's a look at the final table:
|Seat 1:||Christy Morkan - 695,000|
|Seat 2:||Alan Gold - 4,050,000|
|Seat 3:||Daragh Davey - 3,435,000|
|Seat 4:||Jonathan Slater - 1,600,000|
|Seat 5:||Dimitri Pembroke - 1,915,000|
|Seat 6:||Damian Porebski - 695,000|
|Seat 7:||Benjamin Spragg - 1,440,000|
|Seat 8:||Paul Febers - 2,910,000|
Tim Michels, a German PokerStars qualifier, began the day as chip leader with 835,000, but he faced some stiff competition in Irish legend Padraig Parkinson, Team PokerStars Online's Dale Philip and highly-respected pro Max Silver.
All of the returning 51 players were in the money, but each had dreams of making it through to the final table and a chance to lift the coveted trophy. As well as the prize money up for grabs, there was a FTP Qualifier Last Longer Sponsorship Promotion for ten of the players. The last one standing would receive a prize package including buy-ins and expenses to every remaining stop on the UKIPT Season 4. Of the ten Full Tilt qualifiers who started the day, three made it to the final table: Gold, Daragh Davey and Day 1b chip leader Damian Porebski.
The day started pretty quickly with the short stacks looking for a spot to get their chips in and double up. In less than fifteen minutes the first player out was Hungary's Mikos Soproni, one of the Full Tilt qualifiers. He had already got one shove through, but when he made his next all-in with he ran into the of Andrew Dwyer and got no help on a board.
Soon after that David Parkinson hit the rail with and ill-timed four-bet shove with into Raul Paez’s . The board ran out and that was all she wrote for David Parkinson. Meanwhile, Padraig Parkinson exited the tournament a short time later holding on a flop of . Unfortunately his opponent, Christopher Morkan, just out kicked him with his . The last two cards were no help to the Irish legend.
Spain's Paez went on to make the final 11 but would go no further. A controversial figure throughout the three days of play, he had a habit of taking a longer time than many others to come to a decision; in fact, he was the only player to have the clock called on him on Day 3. It happened twice and both times it was Silver who decided enough was enough. The second time Silver felt moved to tell him, "Five minutes. There's no reason. If you're going to call, then call. You're wasting time." Paez would eventually fall on the feature table when he four-bet all-in with into the of chip leader at the time, Paul Feber. The board sent Paez away with €10,670 for his troubles.
When down to the unofficial final table of nine, Davey was lucky to survive when his three-bet all-in with was called by the of Febers. The cards fell and Davey hit his two-outer on the river to keep the dream alive. From there it fell to Silver to become the bubble boy when he got it all in pre-flop with . Ironically it was Davey who delivered the killer blow holding . The cards ran out and there was to be no two-outer for Silver.
The final eight players will return at Noon local time on Monday to play down to a winner. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting Team then for all the action and eliminations on the way to crowning a FTP UKIPT Galway champion. Until then, watch FTP Ambassadors Martins Adeniya and Sin Melin square off in an intense game of Connect Four. You read that right: