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Confidential Poker £25 Double-Chance Freezeout Event Result

David McCourt watched the action as players battled it out for a share of the £2,075 prize pool at Manchester235 casino’s poker lounge

Published on October 21st 2011.


Confidential Poker £25 Double-Chance Freezeout Event Result

POKER Confidential has been growing quickly. The hugely successful World Series Of Poker Europe satellite has helped raise interest in the events and readers will be encouraged to hear that a past winner - Iain McDonald - came back from the WSOPE tournament in Cannes with a respectable 23rd place finish and €4,500.

Back in Manchester, the latest £25 double-chance freezeout took place on Sunday 16 October and I was in the thick of it once more.

With revised tactics to play tight and take advantage of loose starters, I took my place at table four. The structure was fast – blinds went up every 20 minutes – and players looked to stack chips early. The cards were being kind, and I looked down at pocket 6s, 7s and Js in the first two hours, but was each time forced to fold to big re-raises.

Twice I was shown KK, but the third time I probably should have spun my luck. I eventually crashed out to pocket 10s after moving all-in, short-stacked, with K10 suited.

It wasn’t just me who was struggling to catch a break. Confidential’s own Kelly Ormesher and Chris Grimes had fallen before me, and WSOPE satellite 3rd place finisher, Scott McCluskey, was also out in time to catch the last bus home.

The final table began around 10pm and at the time there only looked like being one winner. Georgios Kamilaris dominated the chip count with 164,000 which, with most players in the 20,000s, looked healthy to say the least. James Alexander was the short-stack with just 4,000 after sneaking into the money just before the break.

Sam Kalubowila didn’t hang about for long, moving all-in when he was dealt 99 in the third hand. James Wilde was looking to double up when he called with AK but a low board meant it was the end of Wilde’s tournament.

James Alexander had managed to squeeze and extra £20 cash out of his tournament by folding his first two hands at the final table, but he was forced to become a spectator in the pot that saw his exit. Alan Piper doubled up at the expense of Mick Crook when he hit trip Js, taking Alexander with him in the process.

Andres Luna alvear wasn’t going to be bullied when chip leader Georgios Kamilaris finally decided to push his chip stack around. Andres doubled up when he cleverly read that his KK was enough to beat Kamilaris’s 77, despite an ace being on the board.

Peter Dobson, who had battled his way back from a mere 3,000 chips to take his seat at the final table, made his move from the small blind with 7/10 diamonds. But Chun Man called from the big blind with A7 and his high card was enough to reduce the field to seven.

Chun Man then got caught up in some post flop play with Mick Crook when both players held high diamonds. Crook was unlucky after thinking he had made a winning king high flush on the turn, only see to see Man catch a fourth diamond on the river to make his ace high flush, and knock out another player.

Man was making moves at this final table, and was once again involved in narrowing the field.  A raise with A6 tempted Sam Kalu to go over the top all-in with his KJ, but no luck on the board meant that Man had knocked out another player with ace high.

A6 was being kind to Man tonight and when he got caught with all the money in middle against the player known only as ‘M Power’, who flipped over A9, he looked doomed. A six on the river though was enough to save Man, and M Power was out in fifth.

Alan Piper put the finishing touches to the fall of initial chip leader Georgios Kamilaris when he hit a full house with his K6 after Kamiliaris has pushed, short-stacked, with J4.

With the blinds at 8,000-16,000 every hand was now important. Andres Luna Alvear liked the look of his 67 suited when he moved in against Chun Man. A seven on the flop gave the Spaniard hope, but Man caught an ace on the river to go heads up.

Piper and Man had chatted pre-final table about how they’d both take a top ten finish given their stacks at the time, and here they were heads up for victory.

It didn’t take long for all the money to go in. Piper couldn’t believe his luck when he was dealt AK early on and when Man called with Q8 suited it looked like the short-stack would double up. Incredibly the flop fell Q88 making a full house for Man. The straight Piper made on the river only rubbed salt into the wounds left by a killer flop that had already ended the tournament.

Final Results:

  1. Chun Man - £645
  2. Alan Piper - £415
  3. Andres Luna alvear - £250
  4. Georgios Kamilaris - £185
  5. M Power - £165
  6. Sam Kalubowila - £125
  7. Mick Crook - £105
  8. Peter Dobson - £85
  9. James Alexander - £60
  10. James Wilde - £40

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