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Tournament #5 Results!
Sorry but for the first time ever the new invite is out before the report!
You can thank Monarch for that:(
For what is hopefully (in the nicest possible way) our last tournament at the hotel.
I'm expecting Shay to put on a right old do with this one and push the boat out so hopefully as many of you as possible can make it.
I know its fairly short notice but I can't do the 27th October or the 3rd November so my apologies if this comes to soon for some of you.
Let me know via your usual method if you can attend.
Posted by Omegaman on 2017-10-20 18:36:08
Just a reminder that tomorrows tournament is at Garys and NOT the hotel.
By my reckoning we will have 10 players so two tables of five to start with a final table of 8.
See you there.
Posted by Omegaman on 2017-10-19 02:01:10
Show Me The Money - Tournament 5 - Venue Change
Good afternoon all
Sorry to advise that as Shay is out of the country (no he's not been extradited) the powers that be (moi) have decided that this tournament is best played elsewhere.
I'm pleased to say that young Mr Newton has agreed to host so we are now playing in leafy Cheshire.
Same date, same rules, same buy in etc.
You know that Gary likes to do a good meal so hopefully he'll be that busy his recent good poker form will suffer:)
Trust that's okay but please call, text or email me if you have any problems>
Posted by Omegaman on 2017-10-09 06:06:50
Show Me The Money - Tournament 4 Round Up.
So tournament number 4 was played out in Craigs amazing "Mission" building.
After the draw for the tables we had on a sedate looking table 1 Ted, Dave J, Gary, Paul and Ian.
Table 2 was a doozy with Ed, Brian, Craig, John, DaveH and Shay.
Table 2 not for the faint hearted then!
A slight adjustment to our normal game meant that we played :-
Limit, Omaha, Limit, Omaha and limit prior to the break before going straight into no limit to find
What an entertaining game it turned out to be.
On table 1 both Gary and Ted dominated for long periods as Dave J and Paul worried about being out before the break.
Ian played with his usual calm demeanour and managed to stay close to his starting stack of 40K.
By the break both Dave J and Paul were both on around 15K so a tough old session for them.
Lots of groans on table 2 as Shay hit the ground running although I believe he was pegged back by Dave H who by the end of the session was table boss.
John and Craig in midfield with Brian and Ed struggling to keep up.
The early break saw us deluged with trays of various pasties plus a delicious BUCKET (an actual bucket) of mushy peas!
Fantastic that Craig so thank you.
Our no limit session kicked off around 2145 and it didnt take long to get our first faller.
Shays A,8 proving to strong for an all in Brian with A,2 so Brian out in 11th place.
Dave H still going well then managed to knock out the younger Rothwell when his pair of Queens held up.
So after finishing the last tournament 1 & 2 Brian & Ed managed to finish this one 10th & 11th!
Poor old Dave J won a few minor hands but not enough to help him when a confident Gary took his all in on and promptly won with a much stronger 2 pair so DJ out in 9th.
A quick re-draw for our final table and a big change in fortunes for some.
DaveH arrived with a mountain of chips with Shay also well stacked.
Both John and Craig were low (ish) but one double up would see them right back in it.
Gary and Ian both doing well with Ted mid division and Paul hanging on.
John did indeed double up and then got a little more aggressive with his betting.
Announcing an all in everyone folded apart from moneybags Dave who stated that although he didn't have much he was going to call.
Dave turned over 8s 5s and was well behind Johns A,K.
The flop was Js, 7s, Kh and although John ahead two spades on the flop give Dave a draw for the flush.
A 6h on the turn and then on the river another King......but its a spade so although John has trips its not enough to beat Daves flush so John out in 8th place.
(John and Ted also lost out in the golf earlier after some blatant rule breaking by Dave & Shay so all in all not a good day for John)!
DaveH carries on with his wrecking ball when a clearly frustrated Craig cracks and goes for an
unconvincing all in only to find his bluff is doomed up against Daves 2 pairs so Craig out in 7th.
Both Paul and Ted now living on fumes and on a flop of A,4,6 Paul goes all in.
Dave yet again calls and shows A,Q and is ahead of Pauls pocket Kings.
No 3rd King for Paul on the turn and river and hes out in a hard fought 6th place.
Ted survives an all in against Dave to double up to around 35K.
Then a big surprise.
On a flop of A,5,7 Gary checks and Ian decides to put the pressure on and goes all in.
Gary instantly calls and tables a well disguised pocket fives for trips.
He's miles ahead of Ians pair of aces (A,Q) and just like that Ian is out in 5th place.
Not much Ian could do there as the all in seemed the right bet!
Ted then has a purple patch and starts getting a lot of chips.
He calls Shays all in bluff and wins.
So Shay out in 4th place after looking like he was set for at least a top 3 finish.
Another huge hand follows when Ted announces all in and gets an instant call from Dave H.
Ted has pocket Jacks and Dave has A,K.
The first card on the flop is a Jack and Dave doesn't improve.
He is also staggered that Ted has over 135K in chips which he has to ship over leaving him more or less out.
The axe falls for Dave shortly after when Gary wins the all in and Dave out in a very unlucky 3rd place despite dominating for most of the game.
So Ted has around a 3-1 advantage in chips over Gary and starts to put the pressure on but can't quite find the coup de gras.
The seminal hand is Garys all in with A,9 against Teds pocket Queens.
Agonisingly for Ted Gary hits an ace on the turn and they're now fairly even in chips.
The momentum has now swung to Gary and some good raises puts Ted under pressure.
Ted eventually calls all in (with J,9) and gets an instant call from Gary with A, 4.
Neither player hits and Gary wins.
Great game with a real shift in fortunes over the night for at least 4 or 5 players.
Very well done to our top 4 who all played really well.
So the updated league table now looks like this.
1. Gary - Played 3 - 25 Points.
2. Ted - Played 4 - 18 Points.
3. Ed - Played 4 - 17 Points.
4. Ade - Played 3 - 13 Points.
5. Shay - Played 3 - 13 Points.
6. Craig - Played 3 - 12 Points.
7. Brian - Played 4 - 10 Points.
8. DaveH - Played 3 - 8 Points.
9. Ian - Played 2 - 7 Points.
10. Dave J - Played 3 - 7 Points.
11. John - Played 3 - 4 Points.
12. Paul - Played 2 - 2 Points.
13. Matt - Played 1 - 1 Point.
So a little bit of breathing space for Gary but everyone else all bunched up.
All to play for then!
You should by now have had your invites for the tournament on the 20th October so please reply when you can to give me a clue!
As ever thanks to all those who attended, Craig for hosting and for those who helped with the shuffling.
We do it all again soon.
Posted by Omegaman on 2017-10-05 04:48:00
Tournament #4 Results!
Good morning all
Sincere apologies for the delay in getting this invite to you all.
I have been locked in talks with Kim Jung-Un (aka Craig) about using his 'huge' facility for the next tournament.
After 2 weeks of discussions I can now confirm that he can do it on the 29th provided we bring along a few extra chairs!
So Carrs pasties and mushy peas it is:)
The next tournament will feature two rounds of Omaha.
That's as many as I want to do as I know everyone's not a huge fan (definitely more in favour though).
Golf is also on the agenda earlier in the day for anyone who can spare the time.
So address your replies to me in your preferred method to say if you can attend or not.
Looking forward to it and see you on the night.
Posted by Omegaman on 2017-09-30 05:45:53
Show Me The Money - Tournament 3 Round Up.
Tournament number 3 kicked off at Daves last Friday with our lowest turnout for some time.
Dave J pulled out at the last minute due to illness as did Shay with the far fetched excuse about going down to London to earn millions!!
With Paul, Gary and Craig also away it meant we had a starting field of 7 players.
Some wag did mention that this meant John had reached a final table!
Our merry band of players were Ted, Ed, Brian, DaveH, John and Ian (making his first appearance of the season).
A slight change to our normal game meant that every player received 40K as a starting stack mainly due to the fact that Dave was worried about the Omaha bit and didn't want anyone knocked out to early......he read a book about Omaha.....takes his poker like his golf....seriously.
Don't let the merry bonhomie fool you.....he's a shark!!
Anyway I digress.
The best part of the limit game was once again the 20 minute Omaha blind.
Only five hands were dealt in that period.
The two big winners were DaveH ("I've read a book on Omaha") who won two of the hands and Ian who amusingly beat John with a higher straight......."oh f**k of" shouted John throwing his cards into the air.
Again it was noticeable how everyone really had to concentrate (except Ade who decided to fold every Omaha hand).
Just so you all know the next tournament might have two Omaha blinds.
Really messing with your heads now!!
Anyway, by the break the two chip leaders were DaveH and Ian but no one was way behind so all to play for.
As usual Jude gave us our favoured chicken crunch plus a nice little shepherds pie for John so everyone happy:)
So, to the main game.
It was always likely that a tired John wasn't going to last the pace so he decided on a win or bust strategy.
On a flop of 3,2,3 he bet 5k and got a caller in Brian.
A 2 on the turn saw John announce all in followed by Brian quietly saying call.
John turns over A,J but Brian has a big blind special and has 10,3 for a full house.
So John out in 7th place.
He stayed around long enough to witness Ade getting very excited about a hand and shouting full house when in fact he meant to say all in!!
That was enough to frighten off the opposition.
We then had a great hand between Ed and Ade.
On a full flop with two Jacks showing Ade went all in and immediately got a call from Ed.
They both had a Jack.
Agonisingly for Ade his kicker was a 9 and Eds kicker was a 10.
Ade out in a very unlucky 6th place.
Ted was then involved in a quite remarkable hand.
After surviving one all in and down to his last 12K he went all in on a flop up to the turn of Q,J,7,8.
He then got four callers in Ian, Brian, Dave AND Ed.........wtf!
The river card was a 9 and Brian went all in and got a call from a clearly unhappy Dave (both Ed and Ian had folded by this stage).
Dave turned over pocket queens for trips, Brian had a 10 for the straight and Ted had 9,10 also for the straight.
So Brian splits the main pot with Ted and takes a huge chunk out of Daves stack.
Inevitably Daves demise happens not long after when his A,10 is bettered by Eds Q,J.
Ed running hot knocks Dave out in 5th place.
Its worth mentioning that Dave had at least two hands where despite being well ahead by the turn every river card was a nightmare for him.....very, very frustrating!
Teds renaissance didn't last long either as he soon found himself back being the low stack again.
With around 14K he was all in after a starting flop of 9,8,8.
It was folded around to Ed who by this stage was a big chip leader.
"Call" said Ed and turned over K,Q and was up against Teds pocket 10's.
The turn was a 5 and all Ted had to do was avoid a King or Queen on the river......he didn't!
A rivered King gave Ed the chips and Ted out in 4th place.
Ian was as usual playing his small stack in an expert way.
However the rising blinds meant that he was going to have to make a move.
He called all in on Eds big blind and got a call despite Ed saying he didnt have much.
Ian had A,J and was up against Eds Q,3.
The first card out on the flop was a Queen and Ed, clearly relishing being boss of the table took in yet more chips and Ian out in a hard fought 3rd place.
So we had a father against son final.
It was never going to be a long winded affair and sure enough on a flop of J,3,4 Brian announced an all in and got an immediate call from Ed who turned over pocket Queens.
Brian was going for the bluff with 9, 7 and no miracle cards meant that was that.
So Brian plays a good game to get 2nd place but the winner from a long way out was Ed who wins his first tournament of the year and shoots to the top of the table.
It certainly makes our league table interesting and at the moment its a very tight affair.
Ed - 16 points.
Gary - 15 points.
Ade - 13 points.
Craig - 11 points.
Ted - 11 points.
Shay - 10 points.
Dave J - 6 points.
Ian - 5 points.
DaveH - 3 points.
John - 3 points.
Paul - 1 point.
Matt - 1 point.
So no one running away with it and one good result means you jump into a high position.
Sadly its a bit of a wait until our next tournament but just so you all know I am looking at Friday
29th September for the next one at a venue to be decided.
Keep an eye out for the invites.
Thank you to all who turned up on Friday, to Ade for helping with the shuffling and of course to
Dave & Jude for being their usual generous hosts.
Posted by Omegaman on 2017-08-21 11:51:08
Tournament #3 Results!
Good morning all
Tournament number 3 is now in the diary for the 18th August.
We are back at Daves for this one so the usual great hospitality and food guaranteed.
As an added bonus some of us are playing golf as well so if you fancy that please let Dave or myself know.
For the poker we will be keeping the 20 minute Omaha blind as it was highly entertaining last time.
Other than that the usual rules apply.
So let me know via your preferred method if you can attend.
Posted by Omegaman on 2017-08-18 16:54:37
Show Me The Money - Tournament 2 Round Up.
So our 2nd tournament of the season kicked off at the hotel last Friday.
A great turnout of 12 players with the welcome return of Matt.
Only Ian couldn't make it (the first time he has ever missed back to back tournaments).
Getting to 12 players meant that we had extra cash and more importantly extra points to play for.
Table 1 had Ted, Craig, John, Paul, Matt & Gary.
Table 2 had Ed, Dave J, Dave H, Brian, Ade and Shay.
As usual limit to start.....BUT.
The introduction of Omaha for one 20 minute blind was a stunner.
Once we reached blinds of 500/1000 Omaha limit kicked in.
It's the quietest I have EVER heard our poker room as 12 brains furiously ticked over trying to work out if they had a good starting hand, a good calling hand or in fact any hand at all!
It was a very expensive lesson for some!
Gary took 16K in chips with a higher straight than Matt (to his utter disgust).
Gary then proceeded to hit a full house on the river to take a similar amount off Ted.
Our group as a whole found it mentally challenging (ha) ably demonstrated by a 5 minute discussion on table 1 about Craigs winning hand.....or was it.....errr yes it was....eventually.
The overall feedback was good so expect Omaha to be included in a few
more tournaments yet!
So by the break Gary, Craig and Ted were chip leaders on table 1 (Ted won 7 hands on the bounce to make up for the Omaha debacle) with Matt the low stack.
On table 2 Shay, Ade and Ed were all above their starting stacks with Brian their low stack.
Shay had obviously had a word with the chef because the half time buffet was ace.
Chicken Kebabs, Quiches, Fries, Wraps, Sandwiches so plenty to feed all.
Much appreciated mate.
So once the no limit was up and running it didn't take too long to get to our first surprise casualty. This was followed by a sequence of hands that was unreal and left one player
After being (in his own words) in "a good position" Craig then proceeded to lose some big pots at the beginning of the no limit game.
He then tried a big bluff that didn't work and got called by a suspicious Gary who only had King high.
King high was good enough and Craig out in a disappointing 12th place.
On the very next hand Matt who had been low stacked after the limit and Omaha thought he had doubled up when he tabled a straight but visibly winced when Gary lay down a higher straight.
So Matts return was only a brief one as he exited in 11th place.
To balance the tables Brian was called over from table 2 and immediately went all in on a very dry looking flop.
A bemused Gary made an instant called and for the third hand in a row won when he showed 2 pairs!
So Brian out in 10th place and Gary now a huge chip leader.
Paul had gamely kept in the game and wasn't prepared to let himself get to low on chips.
As a good pot built up he pushed all in only to get a call from......yes Gary.
Gary then proceeds to show a well hidden pair of pocket aces and Paul out in 9th place.
So before the final table draw Gary was well in the lead with Ade, Ted & Shay all in the game.
A few low stacks particularly The Daves and John who were all looking to improve.
For once Dave J couldn't get a foothold in the game and was out when his all in was called by Ade who actually won with an ace high so Dave J out in 8th place.
Not far behind was DaveH who became a victim to a surprisingly aggressive Ade who tabled trip 6's to send Dave to the rail in 7th place.
No coincidence that John was out in 6th place (his favourite position) as Ade hit an ace on the river!
Ade running hot and not long after he makes a spectacular double elimination as his A,Q beats Shays pocket 10's and Ed's K,9.
The ace on the turn sends Shay out in 5th and Ed out in 4th place.
So down to our final 3 players of Gary, Ade and Ted.
Gary picking his spots to act.
Ade being ultra aggressive and putting in some huge raises.
Ted playing very passive poker.
We did have one monster pot with Ted all in against Ade.
With a flop of K,2,5,9,2 Ted turned over A,2 for trips.
Ade had........exactly the same hand so all that for a split pot:)
Ted not wanting to be blinded out went all in for his last 50K and got an instant call from Gary.
Gary has A,9 against Ted's 5,8 and with neither playing hitting, Ted out in 3rd place.
The heads up between Gary and Ade was a long one but fascinating to watch.
The chip lead went back and forth before Gary snatched victory with a pair as Ade faltered at the final hurdle.
So what a game and some surprises to boot.
Gary taking some major risks, Ade getting all uber aggressive and both getting the rewards.
So the top of our league table has a very interesting look to it after two tournaments.
1. Gary - 15 points.
2. Ade - 12 points.
3. Craig - 11 points.
4. Shay - 10 points.
5. Ted - 8 points.
6. Dave J - 6 points.
7. Ed - 6 points.
All the rest.......meh:)
Thanks to everyone who attended and for Shay for hosting.
Also a big thank you to Ed and Brian for staying until the end to do the dealing and shuffling.
Our next tournament is pencilled in for the 18th August and is at Daves so watch out for the invites out later this week.
On the night.
John telling us all about his dodgy thumb and not wanting to shake hands right before he won a pot and then forgetting about it as Ted slyly offered his hand in congratulations.
Owwwwwwww squealed John.
Gary & Ade playing very unlike errrr Gary & Ade but finishing 1st & 2nd....
Maybe a lesson in that for all of us!
Also every player on the night was knocked out by either Gary or Ade!!
Matt's bonhomie about being a new (ish) dad quickly being replaced by utter frustration as he got beat up poker style.
12 players really is the best turnout as it gets two full tables with plenty of action and banter.
The early signs are that this years champion is really going to have to earn it!!
Posted by Omegaman on 2017-07-24 09:54:19
Tournament #2 Results!
Good afternoon all
Well, the result of the first tournament was a bit of a shocker.
A player not tipped by ANYONE (not even himself) to make the top 3 has ended up top of the pile.....for the moment.
Tournament number 2 is scheduled at the hotel where Craig, Shay and DJ will be looking to extend their lead as the rest of us play catch up.
Shay's promised to lay on a better spread than last time with lobster, steaks and some very select caviar (Anna has the contacts) on the menu.
Please let me know in your usual manner if you can attend.
Hopefully we can improve on last weeks turnout providing a 25 minute drive isn't to strenuous for some:)
One big change (it's a suggestion only so don't all go off on one).
How about we play Limit Omaha for the first session?
You get 4 dealt cards (instead of 2).
Betting rules are the same.
The only difference is that you have to use 2 of your dealt 4 cards and 3 from the flop.
Even DJ should be able to get his head around that!!
Just thought it would freshen up the nights and if its popular we can vary the type of games we play.
Also I am thinking of selling one of the tables.
As you know both tables are in great condition.
So £40.00 for 1 table but note that the bag is knackered.
Let me know if you're interested.
.......and that's it.
Hope to see you all on the night.
Posted by Omegaman on 2017-07-24 09:25:58
Show Me The Money - Tournament 1 Round Up
So our new season kicked off last Friday with a less than average turn out.
It didn't matter as we still had a great game with some great hands.
With a few last minute cancellations (most genuine, one woeful) we ended up with a starting field of 8 players.
They were Ted, Ed, Brian, Dave J, Gary, Shay, Ade and most unexpectedly Craig (well done that man).
No messing around with two tables on the night.....we went straight into final table mode!
So limit to start.
The next hour and a half was pretty much the 'Shay Show'!
Aggressive betting, a few timely raises and Shays starting stack of 35K had at least doubled by the break.
At one point Gary turned to Shay and said "you don't have to bet on EVERY hand"!
Ed, Brian, Dave J and Ted all down with Craig, Ade and Gary all either slightly up or close to their starting stacks.
At the break we had the delicious Ham & Chicken pie plus roast potatoes.
Absolutely delicious.....thank you.
It's always good to get off to a good start in a new season so with five of the eight players guaranteed good points it was all to play for.
Ed had begun slowly and just couldn't get into the game.
He won a few small limit pots but was clearly looking to make a move when the no limit began.
He got his wish when on a flop of 10h, 4d, Kh he put in a big bet and Craig called.
Another heart on the turn 7h and Ed goes all in but gets an immediate call from Craig.
Ed has pocket 4's for trips but he winces when he sees that Craig has made his flush.
The river card is a blank for Ed and he's left with a few thousand as Craig doubles up big time.
Ironically Ed then wins a couple of all ins only to get knocked out when Dave J matches his 2 pairs but edges the win with his ace kicker.
So Ed out in 8th spot.
Not long after Brian is following his son off the table.
Brian's all in with A, Q is called by Gary's A, K.
The King on the flop is a crusher for Brian and he exits in 7th place.
We then have two miserable looking Rothwells morosely staring at us for the next hour and a half.
Not even an offer to deal!
At this point in the game Shay and Craig were well ahead with Dave J, Gary and Ade all with reasonable stacks and Ted at the rear.
That changed when Ted won a big pot from Dave J with a full house.
Suddenly Ted had chips and started to bet.
The problem was despite having decent hands he always ran into a better one and the chips dwindled away.
Down to his last 15K he went all in on Shays big blind.
Shay called with pocket 9's and Ted turned over A,K.
A dry flop gave Shay the win and a thoroughly pissed off Ted exited in 6th place and out of the main points.
Ade had kept himself well in the game with some nice strategic bets but as the blinds started to bite he had to draw the line.
Attempting to push Shay off a big pot he went all in with his remaining 20K but Shay had a piece of the flop and made the call.
It was an out and out bluff from Ade so he was out in a battling 5th place.
Shay now sat there with well over 100K in chips.
Shay still betting and putting pressure on other players lost a few all ins to Gary who by this point was struggling to stay in the game.
After building up his stack a little Gary went all in with K, Q and got a call from Shay who turned over A, 9.
The flop gave us 3, 8, Q and Gary ahead.
The turn card was an ace and meant that Shay was now in front.
No improvement on the river and Gary out in 4th place.......and he made the dinner, cleaned up and made the brews!
I should state at this point that all of the three remaining players had enjoyed a good night and played well.
Shay couldn't have bet much better.
Craig played fast and loose and is always a dangerous player when in the mood (whaddya mean no one voted for me to be in the top 3!!!).
Dave J despite not raising on one hand with the nuts still put in some great bets (I know some were out and out bluffs).
Shay and Craig both had more chips than Dave J and in the end this proved decisive.
With the blinds at 7500/15000 Dave went for the all in.
Shay folded but Craig who had lost a few big hands with Dave eventually decided to make the call.
It was a good call.
Dave J went out in 3rd place attempting a stone cold bluff.
At the start of the heads up between Craig and Shay it was Shay who was chip leader.
Their game lasted around 40 mins and the lead changed hands several times.
The big hand came when Craig was just edging the lead.
Craig bets and Shay raises.
The flop is Ad, 7c, 5c.
Craig goes all in and Shay calls.
Craig has a pair but Shay has the Kc and the Qc for a flush draw.
Sadly for Shay he doesn't hit another club so the night ends with Craig as the winner.
Great game guys and a big well done to our top three who deserved the money and those precious points on the night.
So after round 1 our league table looks as follows
Craig - 10 points.
Shay - 7 points.
DaveJ - 5 points.
Gary - 3 points.
Ade - 2 points.
Ted - 1 point.
Brian - 1 point.
Ed - 1 point.
Ian, DaveH, John, Matt, Paul - 0 points .....:)
A big thank you to Gary and his better half for hosting and cooking us all such a great meal.
Much appreciated by everyone there.
Also to Craig who didn't grumble once when having to help me with the shuffling all night.
Round 2 is pencilled in for Friday 21st July so watch out for the invites (out soon).
ON THE NIGHT
The highlight of the evening without doubt was Jonesey getting pulled by the dibble as he left Garys house.
Reversing out onto a main road without your lights on is a sure way of getting noticed.
You were very lucky they didn't penalise you more for that Mr J!!
Craig not very happy that he didn't garner a single top three vote in the pre-season preview (he's now on a mission)!
Everyone commented on how enjoyable the game had been despite there being fewer players!
Gary worked very hard on the night to keep us all wined and dined.
The only downside on the night was the halftime break conversation.
It was all about DEATH.
DEATH in a tower, DEATH by terrorists, DEATH by illness, DEATH by car crash........guys, guys .....lighten up...please!
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