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Confidential Christmas Poker Event Result

David McCourt finds mulled wine, crackers and cash prizes

Published on December 19th 2011.


Confidential Christmas Poker Event Result

CHUN Man fought off a field of 67 players to win his second Confidential Poker tournament at the £25 double-chance freezeout at Manchester235 casino on Sunday.

The final tournament of 2011 was sprinkled with festivities, and as the growing number of regular players chatted pre-tournament, the prize pot quietly rose to £1,900.

Photo-9[8]I settled into my table, eagerly awaiting my now customary exit around level three. Playing with a bounty on my head (a Carluccio’s Christmas hamper, no less), I was too busy enjoying the table chat to notice I’d crept up to 8,000 in chips by the time the tournament paused for a festive Christmas buffet of turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches.

Word was getting round the 235 poker lounge that Confidential’s Chris Grimes had built up a spectacular lead, and players flocked to catch a glimpse of his 50,000-chip stack as they headed for the bar.

After the break, my good fortune came to a spectacular end. My stack had dwindled to around 4,500 when I looked down at AJ of clubs with delight. I decided to get all the chips in at once. But my tournament looked in tatters when my caller turned over AK, and a jackless board full of red cards sealed my fate. I was out in 28th place.

The tournament was just getting started though. Gerry Willcock couldn’t believe his luck when we saw two aces fall on the board to match the two in his hand – doubling up his stack as a result.

By 10pm, with blinds up to 1,500 – 3,000, the remaining ten players were ready to take a seat at the final table. Some familiar faces were among them: Chris Grimes, having continued to dominate the smaller stacks, was chip leader with 73,000. Previous Confidential Poker winner, Chun Man, had a little more than average with 53,500, and D Cassidy was the short stack with 19,500.

Photo-10[10]Cassidy didn’t wait long before trying to save his tournament. He looked down at A10 after the third hand was dealt and moved all-in, but looked in bad shape when re-raiser Alex Goran flipped over KK, and caller Anthony Wrigley had Cassidy’s ace dominated with his AQ.

But when the flop fell AQQ, Wrigley made a full house to knock out Cassidy, doubling up at the expense of Goran in the process.

Goran never recovered, and was out shortly afterwards when he re-raised Neil Underwood all-in only to discover they were both holding aces, but Underwood had the higher kicker. Chris Grimes was also involved in a pot that saw Underwood make a straight on the river to reduce the field to eight.

David Moores had been biding his time before eventually pushing with A8. Underwood was his conqueror, making a straight on the flop with KQ to defeat Moores, who had hit his ace with the first card out the deck.

Early leader Grimes appeared to be running out of luck. Having already had his AA cracked by Q3 at the final table, Grimes looked in good shape when he pushed with AJ and caller Gerry Willcock revealed his A2. But Willcock made a flush on the river when four spades hit the board and Grimes was left with just 8,000 chips. Chun Man finished the job when he made two pair with A8, and Grimes was out in 7th, handing over his bounty of a £40 Linen Restaurant voucher to Man in the process.

The field was reduced to five the very next hand. Glenville Harrop found himself against Neil Underwood with all the money in the middle before the flop, but his KJ was no good against Underwood’s AQ, and an ace on the river only rubbed salt into his wounds.

Underwood’s joy was short-lived, and it was he who was the next to fall. A tangle with Man left his chip stack in tatters when Man made a flush on the river, and Underwood was the following hand forced into making a push with 78 suited his last throw of the dice. Anthony Wrigley was happy to take on the task with 93 from the big blind, and a low board meant the nine played as a high card and Underwood was out in 5th.

Danny Hernon’s tournament came to end when he made his move with K10; Gerry Willcock’s AJ was enough to reduce the field to three.

Play began to slow and Willcock and Wrigley joked about negotiating a three-way split of the prize pool, but they couldn’t convince chip leader Man into a deal – he was feeling lucky.

Wrigley was first to fall. Man’s limp with A2 was enough to convince Wrigley it was worth a punt with 38, but there was no help on the board for the underdog, and Man increased his lead to a considerable gap.

There was time for Willcock to offer Man one last chance to split the winnings, but the offer was in jest, surely it would only be a matter of time before Man finished it.

The proceedings ended promptly when Man caught an eight to make a pair on the flop, which proved enough to bust Willcock with his K6.

A second Confidential Victory for Chun Man, who took home the first place prize of £590, was met in graciously in defeat by Gerry Willcock, who bagged himself £380 runner-up prize.

Final Table Result:
1. Chun Man - £590
2. Gerry Willcock - £380
3. Anthony Wrigley - £230
4. Danny Hernon - £170
5. Neil Underwood - £150
6. Grenville Harrop - £115
7. Chris Grimes - £95
8. David Moores - £75
9. Alex Goran - £55
10. D Cassidy - £40

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