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Manchester235 poker blog three

Guest blogger Russ G takes us through this week's poker action at Manchester 235

Published on December 7th 2010.

Manchester235 poker blog three

In the absence of the usual Manchester Confidential poker stars I was asked to take the mantel of 'The Bounty' for this week – I'm glad I did.

With the current poor weather, numbers were a little down, so it was the hardcore regulars making up most of the field. However with fewer players the game became aggressive early.

I started that ball rolling on the first hand. AK suited on the button – all in on the flop (a weak rainbow) I gained one caller with a gut-shot draw. Turn and river gave him runner runner two pairs and sent me calling from chips. Was this how my night was going to be?

The game gathered pace with numerous all ins, pocket pairs versus AK, AQ and such, and all of the stacks were growing. Regular Darren Fernandes showed the first pocket aces of the night, beating two other calls and sending him into a very healthy chip lead.

On the turn of the hour the first player left the table. A late entry filled the seat soon after and pushed all in with his first hand, which looked like an aggressive move against a couple of limpers. However, after one caller took him on his pocket, kings stood up and his arrival at the table was recognised.

By the end of the re-buys we had nine players left heading for the final table. I was chip leader with a couple of others in tow, but it was still all up for grabs.

Then I got pocket aces. After a healthy raise I whittled the callers down to one – Chris Evans (not that one) who had KQ suited. The board came AK rag. First to act, I checked looking to trap with my set of aces. He checked too. The turn was the ten of diamonds. I needed to act then to prevent a straight or a flush, so I bet hard – all in. Chris called and then the river came over as the jack of diamonds – royal flush for Chris.

I tried to take it well - it's a decent hand to lose to – but I couldn't get it out of my mind. My chip lead had gone.

The next big action saw Chris, Darren and Michele (the late comer) all in pre-flop; pocket jacks, aces and 10s respectively. Darren's second aces of the night stood again and sent him into a massive chip lead, whilst Chris was reduced to a really short stack and Michele was out.

Darren then went on a blitz, bullying the table and the blinds, but every time showing fantastic hands. His new nickname surely now has to be 'five bags' as this was his declared raise on every hand.

In the process he took another two players out and was hiding behind a mountain of chips.

But fortune can only favour you so long, and after a couple of races Darren went from chip leader to being knocked out, leaving four players chasing the three payout places. The fear of the bubble was alive.

Chris Gregory unfortunately took the wooden spoon, going all in with A10 only to be called by Chris Evans with AJ with neither hand improving from the community cards. This left Chris Gregory with just 3,500 chips for the next hand, in which he was the big blind, and basically all in without choice.

I was small blind and after the other two players had folded I looked down to a shocker; 23 off suit. “Mate, I have to call you, so sorry if this takes you out," I said as I flicked my cards over. Chris had A7 – surely he would double up? No, a deuce on the turn and he was out.

And then there was three. Chris Evans called my all in from the big blind with Jacks – his A3 didn't improve and he took 3rd place and £60.

Heads up against Marc Phillips, my nemesis for the evening and the player who beat me in the very first hand. I had about a 3:1 chip advantage now though.

But hand after hand I got dealt utter rubbish and I knew making a move was pointless. Marc's stack meant anything half decent and he would shove and go for the race, so patience was called for.

Fold after fold saw the chips dwindle so I knew as soon as I had a decent hand a little bit of Hollywood would be required.

A8. Good enough. Big yawn, a dither and then a shove. Marc snap called. What had I run into? A7. I was ahead.

There was an 8 on the flop and it was job done. Unlucky Marc, but a well deserved 2nd place after a great evening's play and £90 in your pocket for the pleasure.

As for me, I'm delighted. £140 in my sky and one up on the usual Confidential team who have both only taken 2nd places previously. Grimesy, Kelly; bring it on! I'll see you on 8 December for the £25 double chance freeze-out.

There are still a few seats remaining for that event. If you want to go, click here.

Click here to find out more about the Confidential Poker Tournament taking place on Wednesday 8 December.

This weeks results...

Saturday 27 November
Prize Pool: £550

1: Michael Thomas - £240
2: Ste Sims - £140
3: Chris Emerson - £80
4: James Earls - £60
5: Richard Geraghty - £30

Tuesday 30 November
Prize Pool: £280

1: Russell Grady - £140
2: Marc Phillips - £90
3: Chris Evans - £60

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