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The Confidential poker show-down

Black Widow on the flushes and who folds at 235

Published on December 16th 2010.

The Confidential poker show-down

Last Wednesday saw the Confidential Poker Team and friends head down to Manchester 235’s new poker lounge to compete against each other in the first ever Confidential Poker Tournament.

All players were greeted with a complimentary drink, a run through of blind structures and more importantly, when the food was being served.

We had a mixture of newbie’s and regular players, more Red Lion, Withington players, Scott McClusky and Graham Hadfield, new to casino play Janine Clark and Chris Murphy, Confidential’s own Helen Ramsbottom watching and getting tips for the next tournament (definitely going to be one to watch out for) and regular to 235 tourneys, Vishcish.

Everyone was excited to be playing the Double Chance Freeze Out – players receive the first 5,000 chips at the start of play, they can then choose to receive the other 5,000 straight away after losing chips or at the end of the 60 minute first period. There was also an added bonus for all players as Chris ‘Dirty Cash’ Grimes, Austin Graham (venue director at Manchester 235) and I all had £40 Linen restaurant voucher bounties on our heads.

The first 60-minute period saw a friendly but tight start, trying not to have an early disadvantage. I played and won a couple of hands which saw my chip stack increase by 3,000 – not a bad start.

During break time, we were served hearty bangers and mash – one of the best I’ve ever tasted. Players compared notes and for those who hadn’t already received them, their extra 5,000 chips.

I went back to the table feeling confident. This unfortunately didn’t last very long - with AK suited I made a large pre-flop bet. New player Gwyn Swift called. The flop was rubbish for me, rainbow (all different suits) with the highest card being Q. As Gwyn held Q7, he was laughing and as with many new players they can be very hard to read – I didn’t have a clue. I made a large teaser bet– which was instantly called – I then checked my way through. Gwyn won the pot and I was back down to my starting stack.

Players started dropping, three tables became two tables. The three bounties, Chris, Austin and I all made it to the final table.

The final table started with one significant chip leader, our very own Chris ‘Dirty Cash’ Grimes (67,000). I was at the other end of the spectrum with 11,000. After folding my blinds and patiently waiting for decent cards to play, I landed pocket 10s. I went all-in. Vishcish, small blind, called and turned over pockets Js. Neither of us hit any community cards, so Vishcish took my small stack and the first £40 voucher bounty.

Mr Black Widow, Steve Waring, had a consistently good game but lucked out with a similar hand to me. Steve went all-in with pocket 7s to Chris’ pocket 8s to leave the table a respectable 6th.

As expected the game slowed down with the next player going out ‘on the bubble’ – just before you win any cash. The bubble went and the all-ins started. Michael Worrel with pocket 9s, left the table after Chris hit a J on the river.

Chris’ had a couple of unlucky hands and with two consecutive all-ins left the table third, taking home £70.

This left a heads-up with larger stacked and Manchester 235’s very own Austin Graham, who was playing for the charity Forever Manchesterand Manchester 235 poker regular Vishcish. A short heads-up ended with Darren going all-in when he hit pocket 10s. Austin called with K5 but didn’t hit. That meant the big winner was Vishcish, who went home with all three bounties and the pot of £250.

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

This weeks results...

Wednesday 8 December 2010
1. Vishcish: £250
2. Austin Graham: £140
3. Chris ‘Dirty Cash’ Grimes: £70
4. Michael Worral: £20

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Frank BaconDecember 18th 2010.

Wish we could have made it for your first game.When is the next one?

Black_WidowDecember 19th 2010.

No date in the diary yet, but we will keep you posted in the new year.

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