Emmett Mullin Wins 2012 UKIPT GalwayFebruary 21, 2012 3:10 pm
Emmett Mullin has won the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Galway, after overcoming a field of 698 players over five days on his way to collecting the €100,000 ($143,451) top prize.
Incredibly, Emmett Mullin, 26, won his seat to the €770 buy-in event via a €55 satellite tournament at PokerStars. However, he was then listed in PokerStars Day 1b updates as being an Englishman, which he soon requested to be changed after receiving some gentle flak from his friends.
Now the proud Irishman is the toast of his home town Omagh, and following his remarkable victory, commented:
“It’s unbelievable. I’ve actually won a tournament as big as this, with such a tough field…It’s been a bit of a drain but there’s a buzz at the minute. We’ll have a few drinks tonight.”
As the nine man final table got underway at the Radisson Hotel in Galway, Ronan Gilligan was the chip leader (2.489m) with Emmett Mullin lying 5th equal with 1.003m in chips.
Emmett Mullin with A-10 then called a short-stacked Joris Ruijs’ Kh-5h shove to eliminate him in 9h, followed by Nick Abou Risk in 7th, who three-bet Mullin all-in but was badly dominated in a K-J versus A-J encounter.
Continuing his assault, Emmett Mullin’s next victim was Craig Burke, who moved all-in with A-3 over the top of Mullin’s (As-7s) initial raise. The board then fell 2-5-Q-K-10 to eliminate Burke in 4th for €30,750. After Mullin (J-J) subsequently dispatched Joe Roberts (Ks-Js) in 3rd, the heads-up battle commenced between Mullin and start of the day chip leader Ronan Gilligan.
Mullin then took a 6.42m to 3.585m chip lead after his set became a full house on the river to beat Gilligan’s turned straight. The final hand of the tournament was subsequently played after Mullin was dealt pocket threes to his opponent’s pocket sevens with all the chips then going in on a 6-3-2 flop. With no help from the board, Gilligan had to satisfy himeslf with a runner-up finish, while Emmett Mullin was crowned the 2012 UKIPT Galway Champion.
The final payouts of UKIPT Galway were as follows:
1 Emmett Mullin €100,000
2 Ronan Gilligan €73,650
3 Joe Roberts €51,900
4 Craig Burke €30,750
5 Aleksandras Rusinovas €24,150
6 John Willoughby €19,400
7 Nick Abou Risk €14,700
8 Richard Haile €10,900
9 Joris Ruijs €7,800