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World Series of Poker Europe Satellite Result

Players fought into the night for the top prize at Manchester235 casino’s poker lounge, writes David McCourt

Published on September 7th 2011.

World Series of Poker Europe Satellite Result

EVERY poker player has dreamt of that final hand, that last pot that secures the bracelet. Yet, very few get the chance to test their skills against the best players in the world.

Dsc_0450Fortunately, however, Poker Confidential regulars and card sharks from all around the North West were given the opportunity to potentially challenge the pros at a WSOPE event in Cannes last Sunday at Manchester 235 Casino’s poker lounge.

The £50 buy-in deepstack freezeout had drawn 106 entrants by the time the cards were shuffled and dealt at 4pm and the atmosphere, just like past Poker Confidential tournaments, was friendly and relaxed.

There was only one topic of conversation - the prize for first place. This was one of the most lucrative prizes some players had ever played for, and excitement was building. I nervously fiddled with my chips. Others seemed more relaxed. One player joked: “It’s about a tenner for an egg sandwich in Cannes, do we get spending money as well?”

Dsc_0433The first hand was dealt, and I’d landed AK off-suit. I made a strong raise but got no action. First pot secured, but it’d need to be winning more than just the blinds next time I hit a big hand like that.

The cagey play soon died down, and when I hit a straight on the turn with my 77 against an opponent who had hit trips with his 66, I thought I’d won a nice pot. It wasn’t to be. A 9 on the river paired the board, making a full house for Sanjay, and left me licking the wounds of a pot that had cost me over 6,000 chips – more than two thirds of my stack.

I never recovered. Sat waiting to make my move my early luck had diminished. I saw 7,2 off-suit twice in a spell of mere spectatorship. Eventually I looked down at KQ off-suit and the face cards had never looked prettier. I made a far-from-scary push all-in with my remaining 1,800 chips, and despite a bunch of outs giving me some hope on the river, the only caller saw his 66 hold up, and my tournament was over.

Dsc_0439As play rolled on stories were beginning to unfold everywhere. Greg Yates looked in good shape to double up when he got all the money in with his QQ against Sanjay’s 55, but when the board came KK222, both players had to settle for a split pot. It wasn’t Greg’s night when the cards were on their backs, and he was eventually eliminated when his A10 was cracked by 9,4 off-suit when the board made two-pair for the underdog.

At 12:30am the remaining twelve players heard they’d made the cash, and a cheer broke out, but for some this was all about first place, and the trip to Cannes.

Before long the final table was upon us and, as eliminated players began to huddle around the final ten, many were beginning to wonder if anybody could stop huge chip leader Mike Williams and his stack of 276,000.

The shortest stack at the final table, Ian McDonald, wasted no time getting his 64,200 chips in when he was dealt 99 early doors and both he and instant caller (holding AK) Mark Wilkinson were stunned when chip leader Williams had a pop at knocking both players out by bringing his KK to the party as well. McDonald flopped a 9 and was in some kind of triple utopia as Wilkinson was eliminated in tenth place.

Dsc_0444The field was shortly down to eight when Jon Greenfield, under pressure from the rising blinds, was forced to push all-in with K2. McDonald again the beneficiary as his 33 held up against the over-card.

Russel Grady was unlucky to walk away in eighth when his AQ was beaten as McDonald caught his live card on the river after pushing with A10. And Nigel Johnson was next to fall after he called Andrew O’Rourke’s all-in with K7, only to see O’Rourke flip over AA, and the bullets held up.

O’Rourke’s luck ran out shortly after though as he saw his AJ beaten when Mike Bradley caught a straight on the river holding Q10. O’Rourke was left with just 5,000 chips, and bowed out in sixth the next hand.

The blinds had reached 8,000 – 16,000 when Bradley and McDonald got tangled in some rare post-flop play, and when a 3 on the river made a straight for McDonald, Bradley was eliminated in fifth place.

Chris Wowk had been making moves all-in for a while before he finally got a caller. But he saw his KQ get no help on the board against McDonald’s AQ, and was out in fourth place.

Scott McCluskey finished up a very respectable tournament when he came over the top of Williams raise to 60,000 with his pocket 9s. However, he lost the coin flip to AQ as face cards landed on both the flop and turn for Williams.

We were heads up between the two players who had started this final table furthest apart in chips. Making a deal was not an option, you can’t split a seat at the WSOPE, and so these players were going to have to fight it out to the death.

McDonald took down a huge early pot as he was able to take full advantage of his AA when Williams paired his 9 on the flop. Williams clawed some chips back shortly after but it was all over when he pushed all-in with Q7, and was instantly called by A6. No help on the board for Williams made McDonald the champion with ace high, and the crowd at Manchester 235 casino poker lounge surrounded him with ecstatic congratulations.

McDonald had fought his way from last place at the final table to win the grand prize, and what a prize – a seat at the €1090 buy-in WSOPE event in Cannes, flights and seven nights accommodation.

We wish Ian all the best in the WSOPE in October on his quest for one of the coveted winners bracelets.

The final table result:
1. Ian McDonald – £2000 Cannes WSOPE package
2. Mike Williams – £1000
3. Scott McCluskey – £520
4. Chris Wowk – £370
5. Mike Bradley – £320
6. Andrew O’Rourke – £270
7. Nigel Johnson – £230
8. Russel Grady – £190
9. Jon Greenfield – £150
10. Mark Wilkinson - £110

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