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« on: November 22, 2007, 08:04:01 PM »

Evening all! Welcome to the Grosvenor Walsall where I am all set up in the High Roller Room, leeching off of some unspecified wifi and all ready to bring you news from this relatively boutique £750 event. I will be updating solo for the next hour or so owing to Junglecat encountering some interesting train problems, so please please do tell me your picks, requests, hilarious asides and so on, but also please go easy on me if I'm a bit sloooooooowww for the first hour or so...

Spotted so far are, um, Snoopy, mainly because he gave me a lift from the station but also because he is playing tonight, and also Mr Ian Woodley. Will make more of an effort to spot more Notable Runners in just a minute. Also to be mentioned immediately, though, is Mr Red Dog, currently final-tabling the £500 event. Go Red Dog!

They were due to start at 8 but for some reason they're kicking off at 8.30, so I'm going to have a cup of coffee run around and find out some interesting stuff. See you shortly...
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2007, 08:45:20 PM »

Looks like they're shuffling up and dealing any second. I have a full player list but it'll take me a little while to get it typed up, so for the time being here are just a few of the spot-ees spotted lurking in the casino and therefore probably playing tonight unless they're secretly living here:

Dave Smith
Julian Thew
Jon Hewston
Dave Colclough
Matt Tyler (who told me to report that he gave me a kiss, with tongue, but the tongue was in my ear - none of this is funny, or true)
Chili
Paul Jackson
Des Jonas
Chris Bruce

Looks like a small but perfectly formed field - we have 70-something runners (tbc) but it looks tough as old boots to me. Good luck all!
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2007, 09:07:44 PM »

Ok, here we go:

Table 1

Demetriou Maria
Pearson Trevor
Parkes Kevin
Trickett Sam
Mitchell David
Rutter Stuart
Libertini Martino
Penly D
Lloyd David


Table 2

Jelinek Steve
Bullock K
Yaffe Mark
Sunar Surinder
Goodwin Marc
Mulla Reyaaz
Risdale Nicolas
Iqbal Javed
Rokach Lucy


Table 3

Reehal Jujhar
Dunwoodie Thomas
Hussain Arshad
Padden Clive
Reee Rob
Johnson Chris
Sapiano Albert
Cavanagh Martyn
Horton Peter


Table 4

Goulding Adam
Jahanpour Essy
Sivaguru Arulmaran
Fellone Tony
Colclough Dave
Thew Julian
Woodley Ian
Singleton Peter
Herbert Ian


Table 5

Jonas Des
Smith Dave
Segal Mark
Callinan Ben
Bradshaw Andrew
Bebb Simon
Hemsley Ian
Corrigan Mick
Gavriel Chris


Table 6

Green Philip
Stevens Rob
Slade Nick
Mclean Alan
Koumi Joseph
Norman Steve
Lennon Stephen
Jackson Paul


Table 7

Stearn Alan
Bruce Chris
Mercado Grant
Reid James
Romanello Robert
Johnson Andy
Reid Paul
Artemis M


Table 8

Orlowski Mark
Porter Matt
Nicholls A
Kennedy Antony
Cashman Richard
Madan Ved
Davies Justin
Reardon Trevor


Table 9

Sidhu Kuljinder
Louca Andy
Patel Kalpesh
Davenport Justin
Flanders Tim
Maudlin David
Gough Andrea
Tyler Matt
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2007, 09:30:11 PM »

Ok, late entries have been arriving, taking the current total to 85 runners. Late entries include: Mickey Wernick (now on Table Rutter/Chili), Ash Pervais, Amir Abassi, R Gurnham, M Mirza, MZ Hussain, Jon Hewston and Red Dog (currently residing on Table Snoopy/Colclough/Woodley/Thew/Herbert). This is a double chance freezeout and that looks like a crazy table to me, so hopefully I will catch some interesting raisey fireworks over there at some point...

By the way Red Dog came second in the £500, so congratulations congratulations! What to say to people when they go out of tournaments, winners or no, is very definitely not my strong point, so I'm fairly certain I offended him somehow. Oops. Nevertheless, very well done, sir.
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2007, 09:51:32 PM »

The card room is reverberating to the regular cry of "CHIIIIIIPS!!!", but I have yet to catch anyone in the act except for Mr M Artemis, who stuck it in with, I believe, on an all-club flop and was called by Aces, the fourth club on the river giving Mr One-Of-My-Aces-Is-A-Club a higher flush.

I also witnessed Mr Steve Jelinek take down a smallish pot with a 1k bet on a two hearts board. He didn't look like he wanted his photo taken, but I took it anyway.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2007, 10:22:10 PM »

How many chips do they get in total? 


It is 6k each chance, so 12k total. Amazingly there are four players gone already. We also thought Snoops might be gone - Chili drew my attention to the beagle apparently picking up his coat and wandering away from the Table Of Doom, but he was merely wandering to Table 6 to continue playing.

He tells me he dropped down to 4k (having taken all his chips at once, greedy dog), but has since doubled up. The drop was down to a turned Queen-high flush, which he checked; when the river paired the board and he bet, his opponent raised. After deciding there was no way that his opponent could have a full house, Snoops called - to be shown the Ace-high flush. Ouch. However, he then flopped a flush and straight draw and went up against Julian Thew's two-pair. He hit the flush, and is back up to 8k again. Go my 5%! I mean, good luck everyone, not just the guy I've got money on. Ahem.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2007, 10:35:50 PM »

Hi folks!

I won't bore you with the fascinating details of my journey here, suffice to say I was on the verge of running updates from the interior of my train carriage. (Cutting a long story short, woman with screaming child beat irritatingly loud man on his mobile convincingly in their heads up battle) Muchas gracias to Dana for holding the fort all on her lovely lonesome in my absence.

Well, I've just been getting up to speed with developments thanks to Dana and I have to say, wow, that's a very strong field. Every table is bristling with strength, perhaps no better illustrated than Snoopy's "Mission Impossible" table. Still, I've said before Snoopy would make a good secret agent and this is his chance to prove that...

There's very few weak links in the field as far as I can see, and it is going to be a real battle out there between some very experienced and capable poker players.

Let's see what's happening!
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2007, 10:44:10 PM »

Ant news on any of the welsh boys please ...

I saw an entertaining hand involving Welshyboy Mr Roberto Romanello. Three players, Roberto, Alan Stearn and the gent standing in the below photo whose name I'm not massively sure of, were in the hand, with some pretty big betting up to the river of the board, at which point Roberto announced that that he was making a value bet of a paltry 200; both Artemis and Stearn called. There was no value in it for Roberto though. Said Mr Nameless, "I have a pair." "Well, if you have a pair, then I'm ahead!" said a cheerful Roberto, turning over an Ace. Both other players also turned over an Ace. Roberto and Alan turned over a Deuce kicker apiece, and Mr Unknown (please someone, help me out) took the whole lot with, er, a Seven kicker. Poker's fantastic.
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2007, 10:54:01 PM »

Players are on a wee short break. Update from the players who have wandered into our High Roller Press Room:

Chili has 15k

Snoops has 9k, and doesn't feel even slightly bad for doubling up off of Julian, as Julian himself doubled up first hand, shoving with a flush draw against someone else's two pair, so it's like divine justice, or something.
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2007, 11:03:58 PM »

I run pretty good at finding interesting hands. I popped out on my first sojourn into the card room and immediately saw a massive hand on table 5...

The hand seemed to be being played out between the man in seat 9, who according to the player list is Chris Gavriel, but according to my eyes is not...and a player in seat 5 who was Andrew Bradshaw.

The chips had flown in on a , not suprisingly, since Andrew held for middle pair a gutshot and a straight flush draw, whilst the Chris Gavriel replacement, held 5-8 for the flopped straight.

The hand was over on the spectacular turn though, completing Andrew's middle pin straight flush to loud cries from his table!

The unlucky gent in seat 9 looked to have one solitary chips left with which to mount a comeback although I'm not sure if he had his second chance in reserve.

First hand to report on being a straight flush, I'm a happy cat Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2007, 11:14:03 PM »

Yet another correction to number of runners - looks like one more snuck in while no-one was looking, as the official number now reads 86, of which 77 are left in, with blinds at a mere 100/200.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2007, 11:18:01 PM »

Dreaded Table 4, previously the Table Of Doom, has been re-christened Table Wasps' Nest by current resident Red Dog. "We have new, improved, rock-like Woodley, and new, improved, raising-like-a-maniac Singleton," says he. Never mind, Red Dog. You've had like eight hours' practice playing today already, you should have warmed up by now...
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2007, 11:32:58 PM »

We are 15 minutes into the 100 200 level...

I watch Snoopy's table for a short while but things seem relatively quiet.  Moved off the table of death from earlier, Snoopy is sitting on table 6 now, although the presence of several top notch players including Paul Jackson, will hardly make it a cakewalk to accumulate chips for the beagle...Whilst I stand coiled, pen itching to relate tales of vim and vigour from snoop's table, the best hand I am rewarded with is Actionjack limping on Snoopy's blind and Snoopy checking...

The flop came down two hearts, Snoopy checked and Actionjack bet out, rewarded with a fold by Snoopy. Exciting stuff I know......I did warn you!

Whilst I lurk round Snoopy's table, I am drawn to Roberto Romanello's table. As usual the verbose Welshman is in full flow and I catch the snippet "If you've got clubs, you've got outs, otherwise I'd fold...I've got to protect my hand!"

I check the action and Roberto has raised preflop and has bet out a large-ish stack of chips on the Two Clubs flop. His opponent, who I don't recognise, eventually folds to the Welshman's table talk.

Roberto turns over 4-7. "See I'm not raising with rubbish" he tells the table. "People think you need Aces to win!"

Good old Roberto!

Incidentally, here is the prize structure awaiting out lucky final tablists tomorrow...

1st -  £23,210
2nd - £14,190
3rd -   £8,260
4th -   £6,000
5th -   £4,000
6th -   £3,030
7th -   £2,260
8th -   £1,940
9th -   £1,610
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2007, 11:46:07 PM »

Mickey Wernick bets out 3.5k on a flop, and looks incredibly disappointed when everyone folds. He shows his so they all know he had an actual hand...
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« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2007, 11:52:01 PM »

Matt Tyler is wandering off. "Are you...?" I enquire, wide-eyed, and he makes the universal sign of the slicey throaty. Hmm, think I, I shall leave off reporting this for a moment. Eventually he returns to his healthy stack and sits back down next to Surinder Sunar. "I knew you weren't out," say I. It is apparently hilarious to mislead the credulous updaters. Oh well. I'd do it too if I were playing. Anyway, Matt's on a very respectable above-average 20k - with 74 players left, average stack is 13.9k. Although says he: "Surinder's got his eye on them, so it'll be around 3k soon".
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