Play in the first of two live flights today has begun with 46 players
seat draw is here shortly
they play 16 x 30 minute levels and come back for day 2 Sunday when the field amalgamates.
A reminder there is a second live flight at 8pm and two partypoker flights online today at 7pm and 9pm
Going to be a busy weekend!
Kelvin Mullis a former winner of the Grand Prix at DTD, one of the early entries today
I couldn’t fail to notice. Michael Brid who has travelled up from Royston, Cambridgeshire
I think that is called a statement beard.
71 in now at the start of level 2, on 8 tables. Plenty of room for more as people leave work and fight their way through the rush hour traffic
starting with 30,000 at 75-150
Aman Pau raised to 300 and Arturs Apalais called
Anish Raja 3 bet to 725
both blinds, Robert Martin and Lauren Render called, while the original raiser/caller folded
three way to a flop it was checked to Raja and he led for 1125
Martin check raised to 3000 and Render folded
Raja takes a peek at his cards and contemplates life and the universe
I stand poised, this could be an interesting hand…..
I wait, and Raja folds the nut flush draw showing the table, hence i can report it.
Lauren Render opens to 600 UTG at 150-300 and Aman Pau makes it 12000 in mid position
Robert Martin calls in the big blind and Render calls
check to Pau who makes it 2,500
Render the only caller
check check on the turn
Render checks again with a thump of the table on the river
Pau thinks, and thinks.
Several minutes pass. Time almost stands still
I wait. And wait.
Eventually Pau pipes up the words no one wants to hear
“is it on me?”
Render “yes i checked straight away”
“Oh” says Pau
“Oh” say the table
It is like the script from a Pinter play.
Render “I thought you were cooking up something devious”
Pau “Oh. No. I wasn’t. Check”
Render “I’ve got a jack”
Pau “I’ve got a Queen”
and shows to win the pot.
Milan Harper limps for 300
Vincent Sanchez makes it 1000
Gary O’Farrell calls in the big blind
Harper calls telling us “its my favourite hand”
and they see a flop
O’Farrell leads for 1,000
Sanchez launches his last 10,000 over the line with a flourish
Harper tells us “told you it was my favourite hand” and calls flipping over
I didn’t expect to see Sanchez turn over which he justifies with some chatter
the turn comes the
Sanchez is animated “any diamond. any ten”
the river is….
Sanchez doubles and has the good grace to look a little sheepish
That’s what comes of playing your favourite hand Mr Harper.
Paul Lammas and Tom Hall
Milan “suits you sir” Harper and Vincent Sanchez
after 4 levels
87 of 101 remain with late reg open to 8.20pm
the next flight starts at 8pm, on a 20 minute clock