In what was one of the fastest final tables in UKIPT history, Scotland’s Alan Gold has won the Full Tilt Poker Galway Main Event in less than four hours.
Starting the final table as the chip leader, the Scotsman who generally only plays pot-limit Omaha, qualified for the event via Full Tilt Poker; meaning on top of the £187,494 in prize money, he now holds free passes into all the remaining stops of the fourth season of the UKIPT.
Rushing through the remaining competitors so viciously it seemed impossible for anyone to even begin a fight back, Gold was never afraid to risk everything, even early in the game where he found himself in multiple raising battles with the other big stack leaders.
The first player knocked out was Jonathan Slater, who felt the wrath of his competitors in less than 30 minutes after finding himself on the light end of hands one too many times.
Local hopeful Christy Morgan was next to follow after pushing his short stack into the pot only to have fellow player Paul Febers draw a straight.
The following pair in Benjamin Spragg and Damian Porebski fell one after the other next, both having crossed Gold himself to find themselves in the players’ lounge, leaving a top four of Gold, Febers, Daragh Davey and Dimitri Pembroke, the latter two barely surviving by the skin of the teeth, inevitably falling short.
Heads-up play then saw Gold begin with 12 million in chips against Febers’ 4.755 million and was consistent with earlier play in a short and violent battle of big pots until finally Gold’s turn trips beat-out Febers’ two pair and the result was decided.
The series will now progress in London throughout late September where players will fight for their share in a guaranteed prize pool of more than £500,000.
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