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The Confidential Poker tourney returns

Our bloggers go all in at Manchester235

Published on June 13th 2011.

The Confidential Poker tourney returns

The Confidential Poker Tournament returned to Manchester235’s Poker Lounge last Sunday, pulling in nearly 100 players for the second time running.

Must have been something to do with the £500 on offer to the winner.

I headed down a few hours early to set up and meet and greet the Confidential poker massive, keen as ever to try and take my chips and the £40 Linen voucher bounty.

Img_9418This month’s tournament was being filmed by Tunafish Media with additional photography from another poker regular, Sam Kalubowila. We’re obviously getting a bit of recognition as one of the better poker tourneys in town.

The players registered, got their free drink and chatted with the now familiar faces.

Poker Lounge manager Doug Leonard, equipped with a swanky new sound system, gave a run through of blind structures and how the double chance freeze-out tournament was going to work.

After a few late entrants we had a grand total of 79 players altogether. The noise dropped, the concentration started and there was an unusually large amount of calls for ‘CHIPS!’.

Like last time we had a mixture of new and regular players; the defending champion Simon Walmsley, regular to the final table Mike Bradley and new Confidential friends, Danny Hernon, Danny Lilley and Norman Hilton from Poker Shark Magazine

The first 90-minute period saw a friendly start. Chris ‘Dirty Cash’ Grimes and I were on the same table. Although he yo-yoed slightly, he finished the first period just below level – not bad considering he was dealing too.There were a few added bonus’ for all players as Chris and I had £40 Linen restaurant voucher bounties on our heads, plus bounties on the heads of the guys at Poker Shark Magazine who kindly donated three sets of Fournier cards with protectors worth £25

Meanwhile, I was playing uber-tight after having a run of bad luck lately. I literally played and won one hand, thankfully putting me with an above average stack, but I knew I’d need to play a few more to be in with a chance of reaching the final table.

Img_9494Break time: the hot buffet was served (chilli con carne) and players were given their extra 3,000 chips (if they hadn't already taken them). It was the perfect chance to compare notes.

My table had been separated just before the break, so I went back to a new table. There were a couple of chip leaders with impressive stacks. I knew I was going to need some patience and a bit of lady luck.

Players started dropping. Chris wasn’t seeing much luck and left the competition. Ian Holt was the lucky winner of the £40 Linen voucher for knocking him out.

After a patient couple of hours, I made a few all-in moves which saw me double up twice and end up with a healthy chip stack.

The tension increased as the button loomed. There were 11 players left and the final table only called for 10. Best of all, nine players were going to get paid. With a decent chip stack, I wanted to sit tight until the final table, but chip leader Pete Turner had other ideas and called me all-in.

With AQ I couldn’t refuse. Pete turned over KJ. I was ahead until Pete hit a J on the turn – the fourth card. That was me out of the tournament, increasing Pete’s stack and earning him a meal for two at Linen.

The final table started with two significant chip leaders, Pete Turner and Paul Day, both around the 100,000 mark. At the other end of the spectrum was Gary Hall, hanging on with a low 22,700.

The first two players left quickly, Dave Cree (regular poker bud at the Red Lion, Withington) and John Mortimore, taking home £30.

Img_9595Mike Thomas went all in with his KA, Paul Day called with K7 and hit a flush, knocking Mike out. KA was making an unusually regular appearance.

Kai and Danny Hernon were next out. Paul Day was the lucky winner of Danny’s bounty, the £25 Fournier card set.

The game slowed for a good hour, with stacks evening out. Ian Holt, Paul Day and Steve Ambrose ran out of luck to land fifth, fourth and third place respectively..

A short heads-up ended when Scott pushed all-in after hitting top pair after the flop (the first three cards). Pete Turner called with AK, and hit an A on the turn (the fourth card), to make PeteTurner the fourth Confidential Poker Tournament winner. Not bad considering Pete was down to only 600 chips at one point.

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.

This weeks results...

1.      Pete Turner £500
2.      Scott Hardy £350
3.      Steve Ambrose £210
4.      Paul Day £160
5.      Ian Holt £130
6.      Danny Hernon £90
7.      Kai £60
8.      Mike Thomas £50
9.      John Mortimore £30
10.    Dave Cree

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