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Poker showdown at Manchester235

Black Widow recaps the action at Sunday's Confidential Poker Tournament

Published on March 9th 2011.


Poker showdown at Manchester235

Sunday night was the return of the much-awaited Confidential Poker Tournament, held at the lovely Manchester235 Poker Lounge.

The atmosphere was buzzing, there were even a few early shouts for ‘CHIPS!’

Knowing we had a lot of interest in the tourney, I arrived 30 minutes before registration opened to meet and greet. I was surprised at the amount of eager players who were ready and waiting.

Once registered, all players were greeted with a complimentary drink and had a chance to eye up their ever-increasing competition. New Poker Lounge manager Doug Leonard then did a run through of blind structures and how the double chance freeze-out tournament was going to work.

After a few late entrants, including Team Confidential’s Chris ‘Dirty Cash’ Grimes (rushing back after the abysmal defeat at Anfield), we had a grand total of 82 players. The atmosphere was buzzing, there were even a few early shouts for ‘CHIPS!’

Like last time we had a mixture of new and regular players; more Red Lion, Withington players, Scott McClusky, Louis Wilson and Shayne Mooney and regulars to the Manchester235 tourney’s Vishcish, Russell Grady and Chris Gregory.

There was an added bonus for all players as Chris and I had £40 Linen restaurant voucher bounties on our heads, plus Manchester235 was drawing for a bottle of champagne (Grenville Harrop was the lucky winner).

The first 90-minute period saw a friendly start, with contestants playing fairly tight, trying not to have an early disadvantage. I played and lost a couple of hands – frustratingly – but not making too much of a dint to my stack.

Break time started and we were ushered upstairs for the hot buffet – lasagne with garlic bread. Players compared notes and got their extra 3,000 chips if they hadn't already received them. I was surprised to learn regular (and very good player) Russell Grady had been the first to be knocked out of the tournament. Like they say in the films, ‘That’s poker’.

I went back to the table determined to get over my pre-break downfall. I’d been dealt very low hands, so was convinced I’d start hitting something decent. I didn’t. I kept checking, blinds kept increasing and my stack was reducing.

My time had come at mid point – far too early for my liking. I hit a pair of 8’s. I made a decent raise pre-flop and had two callers I didn’t want. One of the callers was the chip leader of our table, Tom Norwood. The flop came 6, 2, 4. ‘Great’ – so I thought. I put the remainder of my chips in, a measly 1,200 and Tom called instantly. Tom showed a pair of 2s, his set (three of a kind) soon became quads (four of a kind) on the river. Tom picked up the first £40 Linen voucher bounty.

Players started dropping. Chris was having similar luck to me, but hung on in there until Christian Irwin hit his J, claiming Chris’ £40 Linen voucher bounty.

The tension increased as the button loomed. Janine Clark, a very good friend of mine who played the last Confidential Poker Tournament, represented the lady poker players. She just missed the payouts and left the tournament in twelfth place.

The final table started with one significant chip leader, Simon Walmsley, with a whopping 118,000. At the other end of the spectrum was James Beeston hanging on with an extremely low 13,000.

We lost players reasonably quickly. Walter Nesbitt, a true gentlemen and a charming character, hit pockets 88s which knocked out John Mortimore.

Meanwhile James Beeston, nicknamed ‘silent but deadly’, hit some small wins then doubled his chip stack and was soon back in the game.

Mike Bradley, another player who started the final table reasonably low stack took a respectable fourth place after consistent, patient play.

This left Simon Walmsely, Greg Beswick and James Beeston fighting it out. And it was a (friendly) fight. The chip leader changed what seemed like every other hand. All players seemed to be hitting decent hands. Time passed, but James’ luck finally ran out, to land him the third prize.

A short heads-up ended when Simon pushed all-in with A10. Greg called with K5 but didn’t hit, to make Simon Walmsley the Second Confidential Poker Tournament winner.

Congratulations to all players who made this event so enjoyable and to a great team at Manchester235 who made it run effortlessly.

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

Tournament results...

1. Simon Walmsley £500
2. Greg Beswick £330
3. James Beeston £200
4. Mike Bradley £150
5. Chris Haydon £130
6. Walter Nesbitt £100
7. Paul Kennedy £80
8. Wayne Marescia £70
9. John Mortimore £50
10. Nicholas Maxwell £30

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memfnoMarch 8th 2011.

excellent venue & comp, my first time there, met some good guys and gals, and shall certainly look to attend again. Well done all!

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