12/16/09 – Galway was the stunningly beautiful first stop on the inaugural PokerStars.com United Kingdom Ireland Poker Tour this week, and it was an Irishman who took the honours in a talented field of 259 players.
 
The Euro 2 000 buy-in event generated a prize pool of Euro 471 380, giving winner Padraig Parkinson a take-home of Euro 125 000 for the win. Runner up Paul Merrow collected a cheque for Euro 82 000 for his second placing.

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Tournament host, Nick Wealthall said: "We couldn’t have asked for a stronger final table line up to start the tour or a better winner. Padraig has always been a top tournament player and he’s proved it again here; the fact that he’s a native of Galway makes it all the more special. Everyone watching the event knew Padraig was going to win. The whole event had an amazing atmosphere."
 
Parkinson faced a final table comprised of Trevor Bulless and Paul Merrow from Britain; Paul Dooley, Michael Graydon, Vinny Cosgrove and Cat O'Neill from Ireland; United States player Ben Lefew and Michael McFadgen from Canada. Lewfew and Graydon were both Pokerstars qualifiers.