There were 51 players who returned for Day 3 of the Main Event and we were set to play down to the final eight who would come back tomorrow for the chance to be crowned Galway UKIPT Champion and take away a first prize of €205,600.
Alan Gold is the chip leader going 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.
Meanwhile it was Max Silver who fell at the final hurdle; he was eliminated in 9th place and just missed out on his fourth UKIPT final table.
Tim Michels, a German PokerStars qualifier, began the day as chip leader with 835,000. Other notable names included Irish legend Padraig Parkinson, Dale Philip a PokerStars Team Online pro, and Max Silver.
All of the players had made the money but they also 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 Last Longer Sponsorship Promotion for those players who had qualified through Full Tilt. Ten players started in contention today and the last one standing would receive a prize package including buy-ins and expenses to every remaining stop on the UKIPT Season 4 tour. Of the ten Full Tilt qualifiers who started the day, three have made it to the final table: Daragh Davey, Alan Gold and 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 Mikos Soproni, one of the Full Tilt qualifiers, from Hungary. 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 . was the final board. Parkinson exited the tournament fairly early holding on a flop of . Unfortunately his opponent, Christopher Morkan, just out kicked him with his . The last two cards were no help to him.
Spain's Paez went on to make the final 11 but would go no further. A controversial figure throughout the three days, 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 today. 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.
The final table of eight will come back tomorrow at Noon local time. Here's how things stack up:
|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|