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Poker Confidential keeps on growing

Biggest ever tournament and £680 for the winner

Published on August 24th 2011.

Poker Confidential keeps on growing

Last Sunday saw the fourth Confidential Poker Tournament at Manchester235’s Poker Lounge and this time, it was big.

We managed to pull in 107 players - the most popular Confidential tournament yet.

This was the first tournament where we’d had to close online interest, due to the high demand. Instead, we opened registration half an hour early and already had a 10 strong reserve list half an hour later.

Sam Kalubowila, my long-standing poker mate and photographer was capturing the tourney highlights – see below - and our own Chris ‘Dirty Cash’ Grimes gave a run through of how the tournament was going to work.

An increase in numbers meant an increase in bounties. As usual, Chris and I had £40 Linen vouchers on our heads, the guys from Poker Shark magazine also offered themselves up as bounties too, with packs of Fournier Cards on their heads and Tango Poker League’s Howard Thompson and Dave Thompson were worth a £25 casino chip for the lucky players who knocked them out.

The tournament started and the atmosphere was calm and friendly. I played very little – favouring a slow start to get familiar with my table. Vera Wright hit quad sixes, as did Steve Partington fifteen minutes later; not the most common of hands especially so close together.

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

Back to my table and a new dealer – I hoped to see a little more action. It didn’t come, and I wasn’t loving my table position either. Thankfully, our table broke and on joining another and I instantly hit a decent hand pre-flop – AJ. It was the best hand I’d had all day and I got caught in a low stacked all-in. I called and ended up tripling up with set As.

Players started dropping and bounties were being won. Darren Roberts was the lucky winner of Dave Thompson’s £25 casino chip; Kevin Curran then won the other chip from Howard Thomspon and Andrew Gill won the Fournier cards.

Meanwhile, I hit another decent hand – AK. I liked this table. I raised to 4,000, which was raised to a further 18,500. Everyone else folded and I was left with a hard decision. I knew I was up against a pocket pair, and foolishly or not, I folded. I had an above average stack but recently took a bad beat with AK. This was no excuse - I should have bet.

Meanwhile Chris had an impressive chip stack and was the leader on his table.

My table moved again and I soon found myself all-in against Lee Woodall and Chris Gregory. Lee hit a straight, knocking Chris and I out of the tourney and winning himself a £40 Linen voucher.

Our bounties Dave Hulmes and Chris Grimes, were just short of the final table, but tense bubble action saw Darren Roberts secure his place when he hit quad 9s.

The final table started with one significant chip leader, Steve Wragg, who had a massive 232,000 chips. Even with this stack, he wasn’t confident about winning and said he usually finishes in fourth, whatever the chip lead. At the other end of the spectrum were low stacks Alan Piper and Jonathan Morley, hanging on with 26,000 each.

The first few players left quickly. First time tournament go-er Jonathan Morley was knocked out by Lee Woodhall who hit pockets aces. Steve Wragg went on a rampage and knocked out Simon Eaton, Alan Piper, James Wilde and last bounty standing, Norman Hilton. This won Steve a pack of Fournier cards and an extra bonus prize, Hold’em Manager, online poker software designed to help you crush your competition. At this rate, he looked like he didn’t need it.

Andrew Gill was next to leave the tournament when Darren Roberts hit a set of 2s.

Steve’s poker luck changed though, and his pot disintegrated. He finally departed - in fourth place - when he went all in with Lee Woodhall. They both hit Js, but Lee’s kicker was higher.

After a few hands and a brief discussion, the remainder of the players decided to split the pot, taking home £476 winnings. To ensure we had a first, second and third place, all players were dealt their cards face-up. Steve Partington had the luck and became the fourth Confidential poker tournament winner.

Congratulations and thanks to all our players who made this increasingly popular event so enjoyable and to a great team at Manchester235 who made it run smoothly. Look out for the next one.

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This week’s results...

(split pot top three – each received £476)
1. Steve Partington £680
2. Lee Woodhall £450
3. Darren Roberts £300
4. Steve Wragg £170
5. Andrew Gill £150
6. Norman Hilton £130
7. James Wilde £110
8. Alan Piper £90
9. Simon Eaton £40
10. Jonathan Morley £20

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Beverley MonksAugust 24th 2011.

I really enjoyed the tournament and was a bit gutted to go out 13th, so close yet so far, heres to the next time.

Vera Wright shared this on Facebook on August 25th 2011.
Vera WrightAugust 25th 2011.

really enjoyed the game , would have liked to be in longer but did manage over 2 hours , And happy to have got quad 6s ,

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