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Confidential's Russ cleans up at 235 casino

Friday night quick fire clearly agrees with our resident poker blogger...

Published on April 21st 2011.


Confidential's Russ cleans up at 235 casino

With the ManCon team players out of town I was thrown into the Friday quick fire action again – no great shakes, given that I won it last time out.

The new Friday quick fire games are still growing and this week we started with 10 players. The structure makes it a fun, fast-paced game and as the field grows over the coming weeks I'm sure this will become a Friday hot spot in town.

With 1,500 starting chips it was going to be interesting to see how the play went – softly, softly or fast and aggressive.

The 1st hand saw half the players limping a bit, but then in the small blind Michael Oliphant raised it to 550 claiming a good first hand. Two callers made the first pot of the night and after an all-in bet post-flop by regular Chris Gregory, Michael called and split the pot with both players holding two pairs; Kings and Queens.

Hand three, and Michael was all-in again against Robert Gregory (no relation to the other Gregory), this time losing as his trip as Aces were overrun by Robert's Aces full of 7s (a full house).

A few hands later Michael - now short stacked with only 475 chips - was all-in again with Ace high. Nathan Tucker snap called with his pocket 8s and with the first card on the flop being another 8, his set (three of a kind) took down the pot, sending Michael to the rail as our first player out.

Play was tight but aggressive thereafter, with key pots sending more players out; In ninth place went Robert Gregory as his two pair was crushed by a bigger two pair. In eighth was Dean Mernagh, quickly followed by John Fleury in seventh who got trapped all-in against a set of Aces. Unlucky.

In sixth was Chris Gregory and in 5th went Christian Irwin, who lost to another set of 8s.

So then there were four. With the winner takes all pot now in sight and the blinds being hard to pass you could feel the tension on the table. By this stage I'd only played in one hand - and lost - so was the small stack with about 900 chips. I needed to start seeing some hands.

A few hands later and at last a decent one for yours truly - AJ suited; the best hand I'd seen all night. This was the start of my comeback taking the blinds and all of Dean Mernagh's chips as I hit the nut flush on the turn.

After losing the majority of his chips a few hands later Wayne Unknown (not his actual surname) was only a handful of chips ahead of me and clearly one of us was coming third.

It was Wayne, losing out to my paired board when we both pretty much had to go all-in on our blinds. Maybe a little justice as it was Wayne who, dare I say, luckily knocked me out first in last month’s ManCon tournament. Not that I was bitter.

OK, heads up; me and Thomas Pilkington.

We were roughly 50/50 on chips and one of us was destined to win the game and the £100 prize. Or were we??

We agreed to share the spoils - £50 each, a fair outcome for a well played game. However, someone still had to take the title so all-in was called loosely by both players. On the first attempt it was a split pot as we both made a 9 high straight. On the second attempt I flopped another straight and was the eventual winner. Hurrah!

The Friday night quick fire game is great fun, sees plenty of action and only takes a couple of hours. It will be even better as we get more players, so come and join us and put your skills on show.

On a personal note I'm delighted to win another game whilst guest blogging, so Team ManCon, I'm happy to be your standby hereafter. It seems to be paying off.

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