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Black Widow takes on a £10 quick fire poker game

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Published on March 31st 2011.

Black Widow takes on a £10 quick fire poker game

Last Friday I ventured down to Manchester235 to play and blog the Quick-Fire Fridays tournament, a £10 shoot-out.

It was only as I sat down, however, that I realised I may have had one too many post-work beers than ideal to concentrate on a poker game. This was going to be interesting…

The tournament opened with 10 players on one table. As always, the players were a friendly bunch. I recognised Poker Lounge regular Wayne Marescia, who came 8th in the last Confidential tournament (click here to view article).

We were told that because there was one table, it was winner takes all. With such a quick game, I’d normally start gauging my opponents straight away, looking for any hidden tells. Instead, I tried to look sober and ordered my next beer.

With a starting stack of 1,500 chips, I folded the first few hands. The game moved quickly, with Wayne making an aggressive start and becoming an early chip leader. I stayed level, despite being a bit, erm, wobbly.

I’d spotted Wayne had raised repeatedly and soon found myself calling his raise. J10 isn’t the best hand to be calling a pre-flop raise with, but I was feeling confident. I wonder why?

There was one other caller after me, Jay Rajarathinnam, who’d had a quiet game so far. I was getting weary. I hit the highest pair – Jacks - on the flop and Wayne made another raise.

I called, confident I had Wayne beat. Jay re-raised, Wayne called and I was stuck – no longer brimming with confidence, I folded. My gut feeling was right, as Jay had had two pairs and won the pot.

With a reduced chip stack I sat tight and hoped for a bit of luck. A few players left the table, including Adam Cohen who lucked out with AJ versus K4 - the K arrived on the river.

My time was up when my pocket 8s met a full house from Q3. A short but sweet game.Overall, it was a much quicker game than the previous Quick-Fire Friday Shoot Out I’d played. Heads-up started around 9.45 and the winner, Jay Rajarathinnam, had taken the whole £100 pot by 10.30.

The speed of this game was a rarity – but I enjoyed it. Quick-Fire Fridays are great for a speedy game of poker, although I might take it a little bit easier at the bar before the next one...

Confidential are holding our first Freeroll Poker Tournament on Sunday 17April, to find out more or get your place click here.

Click here to view the full details of Manchester235 poker tournaments.

Tournament results...

1. Jay Rajarathinnam £100

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