Emmett Mullin, a 26-year-old Irishman from County Tyrone, has emerged victorious in the first round of the PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT).
Mullin edged out fellow Irishman Ronan Gilligan in the final to lift the top prize of £100,000 after qualifying for the poker tournament through a £55 satellite game on PokerStars’ website.
He said: “It’s unbelievable and hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s by far my biggest cash and winning the event is huge for me.” He also added that the tournament was a bit of a “drain” but he was still enjoying the “buzz” of the win and assured that he and some of his friends would be going out for a pint or two to celebrate.
The Irishman however isn’t a professional poker player, news which should give hope to all the casual poker players out there in the UK. In fact, before this win, the biggest prize he’d won in a live event was a measly £2,050 for taking 20th place at the UKIPT in Dublin last year. You may even have a chance to play against him yourself, if you’re signed up at PokerStars, look out for the screen name ‘Mully_85.’
Runner-up Ronan Gilligan also didn’t fare too badly, pocketing a cool £73,650, while Englishman Joe Roberts walked off with £51,900 for coming third. In fact, m,oney was to be won all the way down to 81st place (£950) from a total prize pool totaling £473,945.
This shows that it doesn’t necessarily take a pro to come in top dog and there are dozens of prizes to be had by the less skilled players. PokerStars is well known for hosting weekly, monthly and annual tournaments that provide copious winnings to players and guaranteed jackpots. Maybe it’s time to partake in your tournament of choice.