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World Poker Tour Satellite Results

Rakhi Sinha makes the final table at her first ever casino tournament

Published on November 18th 2011.

World Poker Tour Satellite Results

SUNDAY'S World Poker Tour Satellite Tournament at Manchester235 saw over 65 players gather to compete for a much-coveted spot at the WPT in Prague in December.

A look at the board during the break told me that there were only fourteen players left. I couldn’t believe the final table was in my grasp.

Being new to tournament poker, I nervously took my place at table two. It was clear that the other players I was competing against, including Confidential’s Kelly ‘Black Widow’ Ormesher, were seasoned players.

The first 90 minutes saw a friendly start with plenty of banter between players. A couple of players took advantage of the one chance re-buy to play more freely than they might have otherwise. Others were more cautious with their eyes on the prize to Prague, and with flights, accommodation, the 3200€ buy-in and 300€ registration all paid for, who could blame them?

Dsc_0012I wasn’t having much luck and threw plenty of cards. Things were pretty quiet at the Black Widow’s end too, until she hit pocket Qs. A Jamie Gold lookalike went all-in and sensing that it was a bluff, she called his bet. It wasn’t enough though, as her competitor turned over AK and hit trips on the river.

I managed to cling on and a break was called, allowing time for a breather. We went up to the lounge for a hot buffet of bangers ’n’ mash and I compared notes with other players, including Scott McCluskey who came third at the WSOPE satellite in September.

Back at the table I got a pair of Ks and raised with every round. KQ7 on the flop meant that I had hit trips (three of a kind). I went all-in and finally picked up a decent pot.

Just as I was starting to settle, I was moved to another table which was much more serious than the last.

I picked up KQ pre-flop but was scared off when a potential flush was dealt, 842 diamonds. A good move as there was a raise of over 50,000.
Another round and another good hand for me – this time pocket 10s. I raised 4,000, which was raised to a further 10,000. Everyone but Tony Cartwright folded. The flop (the first three community cards) were Q2A.

Not a great flop for me, but I felt lucky. I raised another 5,000. A 10 on the turn (the fourth community card) and I went all-in to treble my chip stack.

As the evening went on, the numbers continued to dwindle. I was moved back to my first table and saw that many of the same players were still in. They were surprised to see me still in. More so when they saw my decent chip stack.

A look at the board during the break told me that there were only fourteen players left. I couldn’t believe the final table was in my grasp.
We took up our seats again but after a few hands we were asked to count our chips and were congratulated for getting down to the final ten. I couldn’t believe it.

I took up seat number 5 and looked around at the stacks of chips which towered over mine.

Dsc_0019Jonathan Alley and AJ Bhadresa weren’t at the table for long, and I couldn’t believe that I was still sitting there. My luck didn’t last for long. A moment’s loss of concentration saw me go all-in with a pair of Qs against Philip Greenwood, who was standing up ready to leave. I kicked myself, I hadn’t seen the potential flush and when he showed 2 hearts, my time was up.

Greenwood went out on the next hand and there were six left to play for the pot and the prize. Christopher Goward and Alex Mah fell, and then there were four.

After a few hands and a brief discussion, the remaining players decided that first place would take the trip to Prague and the other three would share the pot, taking home £450 each.

After a lot of toing and froing, Philip Tsang was knocked out and there were only two left to fight for Prague. Mike Williams went all-in with 64,000 on a A4J flop. He revealed 2A meaning he’d hit the highest pair.

We didn’t have to wait too long for more excitement. Q9Q went down on the flop and there was a round of checking. An A was dealt on the turn, another round of checking before another A on the river. Tony Cartwright raised to 100,000, and Williams went all-in. There was silence as the two players revealed their hands. Tony picked up a full house to win the game and the coveted trip to Prague in December.

Congratulations to all players who made this event so enjoyable, and to all at Manchester235 who ran the tournament effortlessly. Good luck to Tony in Prague.

The results:

  1. Anthony Cartwright: All-expenses-paid trip to WPT in Prague
  2. Mike Williams: £450
  3. Phillip Tsang: £450
  4. Alex Mah: £450
  5. Christopher Goward
  6. Grenville Harrop
  7. Philip Greenwood
  8. Rakhi Sinha
  9. AJ Bhadresa
  10. Jonathan Alley

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