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Show Me The Money - Season Preview  
Good morning all

Welcome to the Season 11 'Show me the Money' preview.
It's a bit wordy so grab yourselves a brew!!

I now have the results of the poll but more on that shortly.

Before we get into next season lets have a quick look at what happened last season.
Our overall attendance figures were a little down on the previous year.
Over 12 tournaments we had 129 players (8 less than the previous season).
Never the less that's still an average of over 10 players per game so still pretty good.
The main venues were at the hotel and Dave H's with Gary and Craig also doing their bit.
As ever very much appreciated guys particularly as you provide the food as well.
Our total prize money over the season was 3225.00 and as usual all of that was paid out as winnings.
Highlights of the season included welcoming our first female player, Ed winning 3 tournaments, the quality of the meals provided and last but not least what a good night out it is.
The points and money are trappings as its the comraderie and banter that's the most fun.
The nights are a success because you all take the trouble, and in some instances drive ridiculous miles to attend.
Hopefully you all want to continue playing.

I reclaimed the title which made up for the previous seasons cruel twist of fate when Shay won it with the final card.
DaveH and Shay weren't that far behind at the end, with Ed back to form in 4th and Ian once again making the top 5.
That brings us nicely to the new season.
So after polling all thirteen of the main playing group I can advise:-

1. Ted - got 4 votes to win it and numerous votes for a top 3 finish.....no pressure then!
2. Shay - got 3 votes to win it and most players picked him for the top 3.
3. Ed - got 2 votes to win it and enough top 3 votes to get him into third.
4. Ian - got 2 votes to win it and was just pipped by Ed for 3rd place.
5. Brian - got 1 vote to win it and 1 vote to finish 2nd ("what are they smoking said Brian")!
6. John - incredibly got 1 vote to win it from the person smoking something weird!

I'm sorry to say that only 2 other players got any votes at all.
Dave H got three votes for a top 3 finish and Gary got a solitary vote (not himself) to also make the top 3.
Personally I'm surprised that more of you didn't give Dave H and Craig more votes plus Matt (if he can make some of the tournaments).
Interestingly our predicted top 5 last season were the right players but in the wrong order.
We had, in order Ian, Ted, Ed, Shay and Dave H as the top 5.
It finished Ted, Dave H, Shay Ed and Ian.
Hopefully your predictions for this season will be spot on.....:)

I have another treat for you in that this years guest reviewer is our obsessive and City fixated
player John.
I promised him I wouldn't edit his article (apart from one tiny bit) so read and enjoy.

GUEST REVIEWER - JOHN

Ah gentlemen a new season is upon us and our illustrious chairman has asked me to put together a brief summary of my thoughts for the upcoming jovialities.
First of all let me say that I'm so looking forward to the new season and aim to take my poker playing very seriously this season and as such my intention is not to miss a single game ( unless it's at Gary's as that's far too far for me to drive or if it's at Brian's because it's impossible to park . or Craig's cos the mushy peas give me wind ), But apart from those I'll make every other game ( unless it's raining of course or if it's sunny cos then I'd rather have a BBQ !! ) but seriously apart from those circumstances I'll definitely be there !

Now onto my predictions ....,
Brian will be mad , bad ,reckless and sad 10th.

Jonesy will "pretend "he doesn't know what he's doing then win a few just to annoy us ( 4th ).

Keeny will be in equal measures grumpy , snippy, irritable and successful ( 2nd ).

Hib always good to see one of our senior players doing well , will as usual be determined , committed and ......disappointed! ( 5th).

Craig will be awkward , annoying and no doubt bloody lucky as usual (and presumably will see only one in 3 or 4 hands each tournament as the rest he will go in blind on) 7th.

Ian will do his usual stay quiet so people think he's gone home then leap out from under the table at 12 o'clock with his complete starting stack in place ( 1st ).

Ed will continue to get stronger and stronger can't see him finishing outside the top 3 us reds gotta stick together ( 3rd ).

Shay ahhh Shay my texting Buddy can't see this being a good season for shay or his hero pep and I intend to wind him up as much as humanly possible so I think it'll be not so lucky 8th for Shay (see what I did with your lucky 8 there shay hey clever or what).

Paul difficult to call but another blue so I hope he does badly ! (9th ).

The next bunch are very difficult to assess as it will be dependant on the number of tournaments they attend as all are more than capable of doing well.

Gary for a blue a surprisingly nice guy definitely due a run of luck and if attends enough tournaments may worry the top 3 or 4 ( will also be favourite for the chef of the year award (no chicken crunch from Gary).

Ade anyone who wears a waistcoat so regularly has to be respected , feared , and sectioned.

Matt not seen so much of Matt in recent months but a canny player and a bad loser so a combination to be wary of ( a high number of turn outs will put him in the top bunch).

Finally my good self only thing I predict is that I will be get more good nights sleep than the rest of you , 1st to bed on most occasions but will try to brighten you evenings with my self deprecating humour , irresistible charm and undeniable good looks (6th position, after my new hero).

Glory Glory.

United's transfer dealings to date.

Griezmann - (hides smile) No thanks.
Silva - No, No, City
Ronaldo - If you keep bothering me I will have to get a restraining order.
Neymar - Ha Ha Ha.
Bale - Yeah right.
Morata - Please buy me so RM can use your money to buy a regular 1st team player in Mbappe.
Mbappe - Big Club Please.
Limpsalot - I'm from Benfica (errr).

Back to the Poker!!

I plan to keep the current format in place for how points and the money is awarded.
So 25 will be put aside from each tournament to go in the end of year prize pot.
The final top 5 will once again be rewarded as follows.

1st - 120.00
2nd - 70.00
3rd - 50.00
4th - 35.00
5th - 25.00

Finally, I know I've mentioned this before but if anyone has any suggestions on how to make our nights even better I'm always willing to listen.

Looking forward to kicking off the new season on the 23rd June so will hopefully see you on the night.

Cheers
Ted













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A new tournament has been scheduled for 2017-06-23!

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A Decade of Flops - Tournament 12 Round Up  
So our final tournament of the season kicked off at Daves last Friday.
Again we had a decent turn out of 11 players.
Table 1 had Ed, Brian, Ian, Dave H, John and Gary.
Table 2 had Ted, DaveJ, Shay, Craig and Paul.

Ever since we increased the starting blinds to 200/400 limit has proven to be a bit of a challenge
at times.
Friday was no different as by the break several players on both tables were down to less than half of their starting stack of 35K.
Poor old Ian didn't win a single pot in an hour and a halfs play!
So by the break table 1 had Dave H as a big chip leader with Gary and John with decent stacks.
Ed, Brian and particularly Ian were well down.
Table 2 wasn't much different.
Shay was chip leader with Craig and Dave J all doing well.
Ted and Paul both struggling with around 17K in chips each.

Dave remembered Judes instruction to turn the oven on at 2100 so plenty of Chicken Crunch and
Cottage Pie for all to tuck into.
As ever it was fantastic, so a big thank you to Jude for taking the time to do it.

From a league table point of view it was all to play for (well for the minor positions)!
Before the no limit Dave H was 2nd, Ed 3rd, Ian 4th and DaveJ 5th.
Would it stay that way?

Ians only win all night was to knock Brian out in 11th place.
His A,Q proving to strong for Brians risky shove with K,5.

Ians league position of 4th place comes under immediate threat when he gets knocked out in 10th.
His A,10 is no match for Garys A J (Gary made a straight).
DaveJ, Craig, Shay or even Paul could all now catch an anxious looking Ian.

Well when I say Paul could catch Ian that was on the basis he stayed in the tournament!
Not long after Paul went all in with Q,10 and got a call from Shay with A,6.
The flop was J,Q,K so Paul ahead but Shay with straight possibilities.
The turn was a 6 giving Shay more outs.
The only person not surprised to see another 6 hit on the river was Shay and Paul out in 9th.
"Shit game this" mumbled Paul as he beat a hasty exit.

So a quick re-draw for our final table of 8 players.

John had as usual been involved in a lot of pots and was soon struggling.
He makes a big bet and Craig casually puts him all in.
"Go on then, I call" says John.
He's miles behind Craig's trips and is out in 8th place.
He then stays behind to help with the dealing and make everyone a brew....or not as the case might be:)

Ed who has been on fire in the last few tournaments wasn't getting much joy on the night.
Went all in on a flush draw against Craig's pocket Queens.
He didn't make it and was out in 7th place.
Suddenly his 3rd position in the league was also looking vulnerable as both Craig and Shay had plenty of chips.

Ted and DaveJ were at this time way behind the others so it made sense for DaveJ to go all in.
Unluckily for him he picked the moment Ted got pocket aces.
The flop really tried to help Dave by giving him a 9 on the flop but that was it and he was out in 6th place.
It also meant Dave was unlikely to retain his position of 5th in the league table.

One huge pot between Gary and Shay had a big bearing on the nights result.
When Gary bet big on a flop of A,J,8 he was called by Shay.
A 10 came down on the turn and again Gary bet big and Shay called.
The river was a King.
A small grimace from Gary as he checked only to find it was now Shay betting big.
He had to call and saw Shay with the straight.
This knocked the stuffing out of Gary and a little later his all in with A,8 was easily beaten by Craig's trip Queens.

Ted had around the 25K in chips and was clearly looking for a hand.
He went all in on Craigs big blind.
Craig sat with a good stack of chips works out that it's only another 14K to call on top of his big blind and with a "what the hell" calls.
He turns over a weak looking 2,5 and was up against Teds pocket Kings (Ian has a little whine at this point "first he gets pocket aces, then pocket Kings" and then stamps his foot).
Ian however shouldn't have worried.
A flop of 7,Q,5 means Craig has outs and although the turn is a blank the river is a very cruel 2 and Ted after a brief tantrum is out in 4th place.

So the best three players on the night got to slug it out for the top placings.
Craig not in the mood for subtle tactics soon announced an all in.
Dave H hit quad 4's.
Absolutely no answer to that and Craig out in a battling 3rd place.
Dave also hit a straight flush earlier in the evening.
I don't know what the odds are in getting Quads and a straight flush on the SAME night but, but, but it must be huge!!

The heads up between Shay and Dave H (who doesn't have a good record on recent heads ups) lasted a good half an hour.
Dave probably started a little bit in front but there was never much to choose between them.
The big hand came when the flop gave AD, 7C and 3C.
Shay goes all in and Dave calls straight away.
Dave has QC & KC for a flush draw and is up against Shays pair of aces.
Dave doesn't hit and Shay claims a famous win.

So Shays win has a big impact on the final league placings.

1st - Ted - 53 Points Champione, champione etc etc
2nd - Dave H - 44 Points - Just like the old days Hibby!
3rd - Shay - 39 Points - If you'd played all 12 tournys you probably would have won.
4th - Ed - 38 Points - Well done Ed, a great season for you.
5th - Ian - 38 Points - Low points in 3 of your last 4 tournys tripped you up.

6th - DaveJ - 37 Points - Very unlucky to be edged out in the final tournament Dave.
7th - Craig - 28 Points - Playing a couple more tournaments might have made the difference.
8th - Matt - 27 Points - Thankfully your baby arrived just in time for the rest of us!
9th - Paul - 26 Points - Plagued by some very bad beats in several tournaments.
10th - John - 17 Points - Will be disappointed not to have finished 6th.
11th - Gary - 16 Points - Couldn't get in the groove this season.
12th - Ade - 13 Points - Disappointing season for the normally consistent Ade.
13th - Brian - 11 Points - A season to forget mate.....the only way is up and all that!

So another great season.
Thank you to everyone for making the nights such good fun.
The best bit is that we get to do it all again very soon (starting on the 23rd June).
As ever I am happy to consider any suggested improvements plus if anyone has got a catchy title for our new season please let me know.
I will contact you all again next month for predictions for the new season (your top 3) and will in due course send out the usual season review/preview.

Thanks as usual for Dave & Jude for being such generous hosts and to all those who helped with the shuffling (particularly Ian and Ed).

All the best.

Cheers
Ted










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Tournament #12 Results!  
Good afternoon all

As promised this is the invite for our final tournament of the season.

We're back at poker HQ (errr that's Dave H's) for this so you're guaranteed a good night.

As you all know the main trophy has already been claimed (it's so hard to type that without sounding smug-
sorry).
However who will finish in positions 2,3,4 & 5 is anyone's guess.
Bear in mind that our top 5 get a cash prize of :-
1st - 120.00
2nd - 70.00
3rd - 50.00
4th - 35.00
5th - 25.00

This prize money is on top of what you can win on the night.
The favourites to occupy these positions are DaveH, Ed, Ian & Dave J.
However any of Shay, Paul or Matt could take one of the places with a win or 2nd place.
So it should be highly entertaining watching that lot jockey for position :)

Hopefully as many of you as possible can make this but as ever please let me know via your preferred method if you can attend.

Finally look out for another poker related email in due course.

Cheers
Ted

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A Decade of Flops - Tournament 11 Round Up  
So our penultimate tournament of the season kicked off at 1945 last Friday at the hotel.
A last minute rush on seats meant we had a starting field of 11 runners and riders.
A good finish for Ted would see him win the league or a win for either of Ian or Dave H would see them close the gap and leave the title decider to the last game (oohh exciting eh).

Table 1 had Ted, Paul, John, DaveJ and Ian.
Table 2 had Ed, Brian, Shay, DaveH, Ade and Craig.

An interesting limit session saw some big winners and losers on both tables.
On table 1 both Ian and Paul finished the session well up with Dave J and Ted the big losers.
Ian was up to around 60K and Ted down to 20K.
On table 2 Dave H was up as was Ed with Craig, Ade & Shay all suffering!

After the buffet (cheers Shay) the no limit game started.

Craig stright into it and in the words of Dave H "he caused havoc" on table 2 by going all in blind several times.
Although Craig doubled up courtesy of trips he eventually became a cropper with ironically a good starting hand.
His pocket 9's were beaten by Brian's pair of aces (hit on the flop).
So Craig was last to arrive but first to depart in 11th place.

Shay had one of those nights where he could never get going and eventually went all in with pocket 7's only to receive an immediate call from Ed who tabled A,5.
Ed managed to hit 2 pairs and Shay retired muttering to his office out in 10th place.

John had done his usual ducking and diving and won a few and lost a few.
He went all in on a pretty dry looking flop only to find out that Ian was sat there with trips!
John out early in 9th place but at least was guaranteed a good sleep for golf on Saturday!

So a quick redraw for our final table of 8 players.
The top 6 players in the league table were all still in the tournament so all to play for.

Ted was down to his last 10K and went all in on the first hand.
The call, came from Dave H who has A,J and was up against Ted's pocket 7's.
The first card on the flop was an ace and that was that for Ted who was out in 8th place.
More importantly no extra points for Ted and Ian and DaveH well placed to take advantage.

Next to clash were DaveJ and Brian who had both been involved in a lot of pots.
On a dangerous looking flop of 2,A,4,5,8 Brian went all in but got the dreaded call from DaveJ.
DaveJ had the 3 for a straight and was ahead of Brians pocket Queens so Brian out in 7th place.

Arguably the most dramatic hand of the night involved Dave H and Ade.
Ade had been very patient but with the blinds now getting quite steep he went all in with 18K.
At this point Dave H (in the big blind) had plenty of chips and he (apologetically) called.
Ade had A,5 and Dave H had a non threatening looking 2,3.
The flop came A,Q,6 so Ade comfortably ahead.
Ted jokingly says Ade can still win with a 4 and a 5 (you know what's coming don't you)!
The turn card is a 4 (knowing looks all round) followed incredibly by a 5 to give Dave the win.
A weary shake of the head from Ade who took the bad beat very well but was still out in 6th place.

Dave H on a roll now and soon after called Pauls all in (pocket 9's) with K,Q.
The flop of 6,Q,Q was fairly comprehensive and the King on the river for a full house meant that
Paul was out in 5th place.
Paul had played very well indeed in the limit game but just couldn't get a hand in the no limit game.

So the players in the league table in positions 2,3,4 & 5 were our final four players.
Both Ian and Dave H in with a great chance of winning to put pressure on Ted.

Dave J had hung in there all night but couldn't quite win one of the really big pots.
This meant he was the low stack of the final four players.
To his credit he went all in before his stack got to low and received a call from Ed.
Dave J had Q,J but found out Ed had A,J.
A flop of 3,7,4,3,3 meant Ed prevailed courtesy of his ace and Jonesey out in a battling 4th place.

It's not an easy task to deal hands to your nearest competitors in the league but I managed it!
A win for Ian or DaveH now looking like a distinct possibility.
Then Ian lost a big pot to Ed and suddenly he looked vulnerable.
Realising that it was now all or nothing Ian was all in on his big blind with 7,10.
Ed running hot calls with K,6 and a flop of Q,A,2 is not good news for Ian.
The turn card is a King and Ian out in 3rd after playing a pretty faultless game.

The heads up between DaveH and Ed started with Dave having a definite chip advantage.
However with the the blinds at 7500/15000 a few wins and it all changes.
At one point Dave was very close to winning but Ed hung on.
Ed managed to survive an all in when his weaker hand won and from that point it was neck and neck.
Then Ed won a few hands and edged ahead.
On a flop of 3,A,9, Ed bet and Dave after some thought declared all in.
Lots of heavy sighs from Ed who very very reluctantly called.
He needn't have worried though as Dave's bet was a stone cold bluff with K,J.
Ed had A,4 and a turn card of another 9 and a river card of a 6 gave him the win.

So Ed wins his 3rd tournament out of his last 5 starts.
Another top finish for both the Daves and Ian played his usual thoughtful game.
So congratulations to our top 4 who all deserved the money and the points.
HOWEVER :)
I'm sorry (not really) to advise you all that the result means that no one is close enough to catch yours truly and I'm errrrr "THE CHAMP"(trademark):)
Here is the updated table to confirm this momentous news.

Ted - 51 Points.
Dave H - 39 Points.
Ed - 38 Points.
Ian - 38 Points.
Dave J - 33 Points.
Shay - 30 Points.
Matt - 27 Points.
Paul - 26 Points.
Craig - 24 Points.
John - 17 Points.
Gary - 16 Points.
Ade - 13 Points.
Brian - 11 Points.

The updated table (your best 7 finishes) shows that the battle for the 2nd - 5th positions will all
be decided at the final tournament of the season.

Thanks to all who played and as ever thanks to Shay for hosting at late notice plus a special mention to Ade who helped me keep the game moving by doing the shuffling.

Look out for another email that some of you (well Dave H & Ian) will find interesting (maybe)!!

Watch out for the invites to our final tournament of the season.

Cheers
Ted

ON THE NIGHT

Who would have thought that both Craig AND John were total conspiracy NUT JOBS.
Apparently the moon landings were fake and 9/11 is dodgy......guys, guys come on.
I KNOW that this is total bollocks as my good friend Elvis told me.

John wanting to see the next card after folding.
Ted asks "what did you need"....."a 6" says John.
Ted turns up a 6 and John goes purple and walks out of the room (that was a mere flesh wound compared to Ade's eviction).

Ian and Paul all over the place with their betting and Ian not realising that he'd won a really big pot
with a full house (he thought he only had trips).
This was denied vehemently by Ian but we all SAW the truth!
To be fair Ted also missed a few things and these errors were gleefully pointed out by the hawk like Paul (obsessed).

Dave H & Paul said Ted's "about to explode" or the alternative view from Ade was "he's just being polite"......You decide!

Shays football board and in particular the 'Non Europe' place team under the line in 7th place (guess who).
Although after Sundays giant killing result the board may have to be amended!

Yes Mr Vice President, good putt Mr Vice President.....:)













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Tournament #11 Results!  
Good morning all

As promised please find enclosed details on your new tournament date.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VENUE IS NOT YET CONFIRMED.
I want to see how many people we have attending before sorting that out.

Obviously with us nearing the business end of the season it would be great if as many players as possible can attend but I realise that as its good Friday one or two may be missing.

If you can let me know asap if you can play that would be great.

Cheers
Ted


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Venue Update  
Afternoon all

Apologies for the late confirmation.
After a lot of messing around on my part it's apparent that it will be easier and more practical to have the tournament at the hotel.
So it's 1945 kick off at the hotel this Friday.
We have 10 confirmed players to date so we'll start with two tables of five etc.
Looking forward to it so see you all there from 1915 onwards.
Cheers
Ted

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A Decade of Flops - Tournament 10 Round Up  
So our 10th tournament of the season kicked off in Worsley last Friday.
Tony Soprano hosted amd managed to entice 9 other players to attend.
Table 1 had Ted, DaveH, Gary, DaveJ and Craig.
Table 2 had Ed, John, Paul, Ian and Brian.

Ever since we increased the starting blinds to 200/400 the aggression starts early.
The first few pots on table 1 were all big and that never let up.
Ironically the most aggressive player at the table Craig was down by around 15K at the break.
Everybody else was close to or 5k up on there starting stack of 35K.

On table 2 Ed was well up as was Paul but again no one was without a chance of getting back in it.
In summary every player still had enough chips to inflict plenty of damage!!

At the break we had a choice of chicken crunch or cottage pie.
Both fantastic and cooked at very late notice by Jude (very much appreciated Jude so thank you).
It all got polished off so I can't think of a better compliment than that!

The no limit started off in a slightly surreal fashion as Craig whilst looking at his mobile went in blind three times in short succession.
He beat A,K with 2,8 (he hit trip 2's), beat A, Q with 7,3 (he hit trip 3,s) and then managed to hit a 10 (he had 4,10) to win again.
FFS!!!
Skilful game.....nah.
However his luck couldn't continue.
After he hit a Jack on a flip of J,Q,8 he went all in again and got a call from Ted.
Craig turned over J,5 but Ted had a strong looking A,Q.
The pair of Queens prevailed and Craig out in 10th place.

On Table 2 Brian was doing his utmost to double up.
He hit a pair of 9's and went all in but unluckily he ran into Paul who was sat there with pocket aces.
No assistance from the turn and river cards and Brian out in 9th place.

There then followed a prolonged passage of play (around an hour) where neither table could get rid of someone.
By this stage the blinds were quite high as well.
As the final table was going to be 7 players (clearly advised prior to the game despite a few grumbles from table 2) it meant the action was thick and fast on both tables ("is it my big blind again" was a running theme)!
Several players survived all ins.
Eventually though the pressure told and DaveH managed to entice Dave J into an all in bet.
DaveH turned over 10,J but was behind Dave J's Q,3.
However a flop of K,10,6 meant Dave J was up against it and with both the turn and river cards being 6's it meant Dave J out in 8th place.

At last a final table!
Gary was the low stack starting off and after a re-draw he was inevitably the big blind.
On a flop of 7,8,10 he went all in and got an immediate call from Ted.
Gary had an 8 but Ted had pocket 9,s and then proceeded to hit the straight so Gary out in a frustrating 7th place (the 4 card straight was a particular highlight)!

At this stage DaveH was a big chip leader with Ed his nearest challenger.
A few players were struggling including Ian, Ted and John.
Ian as patient as ever waited until he received a good hand A,J and went all in.
He did this on DaveH's big blind so it wasn't that much extra for Dave to call, so he did!
He turned over 8,2 and Ian quoted "I have a bad feeling about this" and guess what....he was right.
The flop came 5,2,3 then another 2 left Ian needing a 4 (for the straight) that he didn't hit so Ian out in 6th place (Ted, not hiding a smirk very well).

A tiring Paul then gave away over half his chips to John on what he perceived to be a bluff and was in fact 2 pairs.
Soon after he went all in and again DaveH sat in the big blind shrugged and called.
Paul has a strong looking A,Q and Dave has 6,10.
After the flop and the turn Paul is easily still ahead and just has to avoid a 6 or a 10 on the river.
The river card falls and it is a.........6 (ouch) and Paul out in a slightly unlucky 5th place.

Down to our last 4 and DaveH is streets ahead of Ed with John and Ted hanging on (both with around 25/30K).
John was very focused despite the time of night AND claiming to have gone blind ("I can't see the cards" was mentioned numerous times).
With the blinds now up to 3000/6000 John took the plunge and went all in and got a call from who else but Mr Soprano.
John was ahead with A,2 but Dave had an ominous looking K,Q.
A queen hit on the flop followed by another on the turn and John unluckily out on the bubble in 4th place.

A few hands later it was Teds turn to go all in.
He had A,5 but with less than 25K chips it was an easy call for guess who.
Yes, DaveH called and turned over J,6.
A Jack was the first card out on the flop (surprise,surprise) and as no aces hit it meant that Ted was out in 3rd place.

So our heads up was between a dominant Dave and a chilled out Ed.
Dave holding a 2-1 chip advantage but as we all know that can change very quickly in heads up play.
Ed survived at least one all in bet and then gradually made inroads into Dave's stack (dirty boy).
15 minutes later they were more or less 50/50 and then it was Ed's turn to dominate.
Dave fought back and on a flop of 9,Q,8 he went all in.
Ed muttered a few curses under his breath and with a heavy sigh made a very reluctant call.
Ed turned over 6,7 and had an opened ended straight.
Dave had.........nothing.......stone cold bluff with 3,5.
To stand any chance Dave needed a 3 or 5 to hit on the turn and proceeded to get a 7 and with that Ed wins his 2nd tournament of the season.

Very well played to our top 3 and in particular to Ed and Dave who had a really good heads up game.

With two tournaments to go here is the updated table.

Ted - 51 Points
Ian - 34 Points.
DaveH - 33 Points.
DaveJ - 31 Points.
Ed - 29 Points.
Shay - 29 Points.
Matt - 27 Points.
Craig - 24 Points.
Paul - 24 Points.
John - 17 Points.
Gary - 16 Points.
Ade - 13 Points.
Brian - 11 Points.

So Ted still over a win away from his nearest challenger.
However Ian has a whole host of players (7) breathing down his neck in 2nd place.
Paul in 9th place is a win away from him so still all very much to play for coming into the penultimate tournament.

As ever a big thanks to DaveH for hosting and to Ian for staying to the end to help with the shuffling.

It looks like our next tournament is going to be on 14 April.
I know thats good Friday but its the only free Friday that I have free in the next 6/7 weeks.
Apologies in advance if this clashes with anyones plans.

Look out for the invites!

Cheers
Ted

ON THE NIGHT

DaveH and his should we say unusual shirt leads to our cast on the night.

DaveH - Tony Soprano.
Paul - Christopher.
Dave J - Artie Bucco.
John - Carmela.
Ted - Silvio.
Ed - Anthony Soprano.
Brian - Junior Soprano.
Craig - Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero.
Ian - Paulie Gualtieri.
Gary - Furio


A special mention and thank you to Dave J for declaring pre game that he had been given an extra 5K in starting chips.

DaveH going to Cruyfts and hoping to make it to the podium:)

For about 90 minutes the cards hit DaveH rather than he hit them (see what I did there?).














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Tournament #10 Results!  
Good afternoon all

Okay, as promised tournament number 10 is now pencilled in for 3rd March.
Back to one of our favourite venues and hosts (well, sometimes).
Obviously we are getting to the crunch part of the season so hopefully as many of you as possible can make it.
Let me know via your preferred method if you can make it.

Cheers
Ted

Tournament Details

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A Decade of Flops - Tournament 9 Round Up  
For tournament number 9 it was back to the hotel.
We managed to scrape together a starting field of 10 players.
So on table 1 we had Ted, John, Brian, Ian and DaveJ.
On table 2 we had Ed, Shay, Craig, DaveH and Ade.
As usual limit to start.

Table 1 had a fun session with each player at some point enjoying some success.
The end result of this was that by the break the lower stacks still had 25K plus while the higher stacks had around 40K.
Table 2 however had a totally different look resulting in Ed losing a large chunk of his starting 35K and now only having around 10K.
DaveH, Shay and Craig all up on their starting stacks.

Shay had a new chef at the hotel and he obviously didn't get the memo on the important group using the boardroom for poker.
Mind you Shay was very giddy after his trip to Australia.....I think he forgot to tell the kitchen
about us:)

So on to the main game.

Not a surprise that Ed was out in 10th place when his pair of 10's succumbed to Ades pocket Kings.

On table 1 there was a huge pot between John, Brian and a reluctant Ian.
Brian won the pot and at a stroke not only became table 1's chip leader but also saw both John and Ian reduced to stacks well under 10K.
John wasn't going to mess around and soon after went all in.
Brian immediately called and turned over pocket aces (ouch).
John had K,7 but a hopeless flop (for him) of J,6,J,9,4 meant he exited in 9th place.

So we had our final table of 8 players and after a quick seat re-draw we continued.

One great hand developed between Brian and Shay.
The flop was 9,9,9 followed by a Jack and a 4.
After the river card Brian went all in.
Shay was out if he called and lost but convinced himself that Brian was bluffing.
Shay called and.......won.....Brian was bluffing and Shay becomes chip leader.

There then followed an hour of play in which time we had some great poker.
Ian twice survived all in's.
DaveH won a few good pots and was playing well.
Shay got slauhtered twice by Ted for 1. Not calling Ade's all in for another 8K and then
2. Betting on the river against Ted when DaveJ was all in (resulting in Dave J winning).
Dave J then went on a run winning some big pots.
The best was when he took a huge amount of chips off Shay when his quad 9,s beat Shays straight.
(but why oh why didn't he go all in......doh).
Ted, Craig and Ade treading water at this stage.

Even at 2330 we still had 8 players in contention but then we had a flurry of exits!
Out in 8th place was Shay who since calling Brian's bluff had nothing go right.
The end came when his pair was comfortably beaten by Brians trip 3's.
Soon after Ade was all in and set to double up when Craig hit an ace on the river to knock him out in 7th place.

Ian had done a remarkable job in making his low stack of between 5K-15K last for over 90 minutes.
With the blinds now high he was forced all in and eventually lost out when Ted hit a straight so Ian out in (for him) a disappointing 6th place.
Ted now on a roll and soon after makes a raise that Dave J goes all in on.
Dave J has A,Q and Ted has pocket Kings.
Nothing to help Dave J and he's out in a hard fought 5th place but he is in the points!

DaveH trying to double up forces the betting on a flop of 8,A,3 and goes all in.
Criag calls and has a flush draw.
He hits it on the turn and DaveH exits in 4th place despite playing well.

Ted is now a marginal chip leader and seemingly in the zone when Brian goes all in.
It's a classic race as Brian has K,Q and Ted has pocket 7's.
The flop is 5,7,5 and that's that for Brian who has enjoyed a good night and deservedly made the money and gets good points.

So its a heads up between Craig and Ted with Ted enjoying a 2-1 chip advantage.
That doesn't last long.
On the 2nd hand Craig goes all in with K,Q and Ted calls with A, 4.
A Queen hits and Craig doubles up and the players are now about level in chips.
A few hands later on a flop of 2,7,9 Craig bets 50K and Ted calls.
The turn is a Queen and Craig goes all in.
Ted thinks he's bluffing and calls.
Craig isn't bluffing and shows his two pair and gets his first win of the season.
Well done that man!!

So big congratulations to our top 3 who on the night fully deserved their final placings.

We finished bang on 0030 by the way so just about right (the way some of you were whining I thought it was closer to 0300)!

Overall quite a good night for Ted who stretched his lead at the top of the table as his nearest competition faltered.
With 3 tournaments to go here is an updated league table.

1. Ted - 47 Points.
2. Ian - 34 Points.
3. DaveJ - 31 Points.
4. Shay - 29 Points.
5. Matt - 27 Points.
6. DaveH - 27 Points.
7. Craig - 23 Points.
8. Paul - 22 Points.
9. Ed - 20 Points.
10. Gary - 15 Points.
11. John - 14 Points.
12. Ade - 13 Points.
13. Brian - 11 Points.

So for our next tournament a win for one of Brian, Ade, John or Gary will see them challenging for a top 5 place.
A win for Ed, Paul or Craig will see them definitely getting into the top 5.
A win for DaveH, Matt, Dave J or Shay will likely see them get into 2nd place.
A win for Ian would close the gap on Ted.
A win for Ted would involve lots of smirking (sorry)!

A big thank you to Shay foe letting us use the hotel two tournaments in a row and also to those who helped with the shuffling (except Ian....).

Tournament number 10 is on the 3rd March and the invites for that will be out soon.

Cheers
Ted

ON THE NIGHT

Ian dropped the cards so many times when shuffling that I thought at one stage he was drunk!

John happily leaving early so he could get a good nights sleep prior to Saturday morning golf!

Delighted for Brian in making the points and the money.

Shay getting all giddy after calling Brians bluff and then totally losing focus for the rest of the night.

Ted getting noughty a few times when dealing!

Craig just about managed to curb his blind all ins to ensure he secured victory.












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