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|Duke of York Area Final (Game Report) |
Firstly, on behalf of myself and the players I want to thank both Lyn Burton and Tracy Burton at the Duke of York for the amazing effort they went to in order to host the event. A Marque outside with a TV helped me to distribute the seats more comfortably for the players, and the England game could be seen from all corners. The food was also top drawer and their friendly service at the bar was much appreciated.
Thank You both
33/35 seats were taken in The Tournament, and almost a third of the players present were playing in their first LPPL Area Final, which was nice to see. It was also nice to see a face from the past in Rigga, so all was set.
As always in these games, play was cagey early on, and with England running riot nobody was going to leave early.
Our first break arrived with Dan Tyler and Stuart Challinton, as our early pacesetters.
First player out, was debutant Darrell Winder who seemed to have enjoyed his game nevertheless, and Darrell was followed out shortly after by Simon Duff.
Lewis Doherty then had the misfortune of picking up K K at the same time Carl Ritson had A A
Short stacked Vicky Lanchester then managed a nice double up, but Ashley Chilton was having no luck whatsoever losing with J J against Dan Tyler’s A 10 with an Ace landing on the board.
Steve Timmis then eliminated John Gregory holding K K v A Q (no ace this time)
When food break arrived around 4.30pm, we still had 17 players remaining with Stuart Challinton and Pete Brood leading the way. Carl Ritson was also not far behind in his 1st Final.
Chip stacks at this point:
Paul “ Alfie” Guise 14,9k
Bill Gregory 18.6k
Patrick Hunting 23.6k
Steve Timmis 14.3k
Stephanie Winder 10.7k
Jimmy “Vegas” Scullion 6.3k
Stuart Challinton 28.7k
Gordon Hird 14.1k
Viktors Kursitis 15k
Carl Ritson 24.8k
Duncan Taylor 17k
Pete Brood 27.1k
Wayne Groves 3.1k
David Morris 16k
Dan Tyler 25.3k
Mark Hodson Walker 7.4k
John Hall 15.2k
Shortly after the re start, Midland IL 14 Team Captain Dan Tyler won a massive pot to go big chip leader.
Short stacked Wayne Groves moved all in with Q J
Both Dan Tyler 9 9 and Pete Brood A A called and with a flop of 9 3 3
Both Dan and Pete’s chips were then also in the middle and unfortunately for Pete no third Ace meant he had just 300 chips left, Wayne was gone and Dan scooped a 60 - 70k pot.
Pete was then eliminated followed by the short stacked Stephanie playing in her first Area Final. A very respectable 15th place for Stephanie.
We then saw a very cruel hand that damaged Patrick Hunting’s decent stack.
On a flop of K J A
Steve holding A 5 clubs moved all in to Patrick’s delight as he was holding Q 10 for a nut straight.
However, an Ace on the turn and a 5 on the river turned the hand upside down. Ouch!
Meanwhile our soon to be crowned New Champ, Duncan Taylor’s defining hand arrived.
Holding AQ v Viktor’s A 10 v Jimmy Vegas’s K K.
Jimmy was looking good for a treble up until an Ace came on the turn leaving him short stacked and Viktor’s was out.
A decent run from Bill Gregory ended soon after when his A 10 suited met John Hall’s A K
Mark Hodson Walker won a nice pot against Steve Timmis with K K v J J before we lost Alfie then Jimmy Vegas in quick succession, and when Steve Timmis(and his ice pack) was out in 9th place, we had our Final Table.
At this stage Stuart Challinton, John Hall and Duncan Taylor were well ahead of the field, and we had two Area Final debutants at the table in Gordon Hird and David Morris, so big congratulations to both of them for making Final Table.
Final Table Seat draw and Chip stacks:
1. Dan Tyler 31k
2. Gordon Hird 11k
3. David Morris 6.5k
4. John Hall 61k
5. Stuart Challinton 73k
6. Duncan Taylor 60k
7. Patrick Hunting 13.5k
8. Mark Hodson Walker 30k
8th Place: David Morris
A fine effort from David ended when his short stack shove with 9 7 couldn’t defeat Stuart’s A K
7th Place: Patrick Hunting
Another Final Table for the consistent Paddy. Unlucky against Steve earlier and unlucky again against John Hall when his A 2 v K J met a board of J 9 6 9 K
6th Place: Gordon Hird
Well done to Gordon in his 1st Area Final. Had no decent hands on Final Table and ended up all in with K 4 v K Q of John
5th Place: Dan Tyler
Missed what happened here but presume it went all in on the flop.
Dan holding K 3 v A K of Duncan
Board ran 3 5 2 10 A
4th Place: Mark Hodson Walker
Getting ever closer to that elusive win. Another Final table for Mark ended unluckily when having flopped 2 pair with 4 6 v 7 7 of Stuart
On a flop of 6 4 8
Stuart needed help and it came with 10 10 and also a flush.
3rd Place: Stuart Challinton wins (25,000 Reward Points)
Congratulations to Stuart on 3rd place.
Stuart might well have been the winner but for an amazing hand against Duncan on Final table.
On a flop of 4c 6c 10c
Duncan holding 6 6 moved all in with a set of 6’s only to be snap called by Stuart holding Kc 7c and a King Flush.
With Duncan now needing the board to pair up the turn brought a 2nd 10 giving him a full house.
Stuart’s Final 20k was all in against John whilst holding 7 8 v A 9 of John.
Board ran 3 9 3 J 5
So Heads Up was between;
John Hall 104k
Duncan Taylor 183k
John managed to win a few chips to almost even the stacks out, and then boom it was over in a flash.
John raised 20k
Duncan re raised to 40k
John re raised to 100k
Duncan moved all in
John showed Q Q
Duncan showed A A
The board then ran 3 10 6 5 A
Leaving John almost out.
John’s final 2k moved over to Duncan shortly after
John holding 10 3 v 9 8 of Duncan
The board ran 10 5 Q 6 J which made Duncan a straight and that was it.
2nd Place: John Hall wins a ( Bronze Poker Package)
Great to see John back and doing well. Played really well especially on Final Table and ended a lot of other players Tournament along the way.
1st Place: Duncan Taylor wins a (Gold Poker Package + Champions Card Protector)
Congratulations to Duncan on becoming our New Midland Champion.
He won’t thank me for this but having turned up late after going to the wrong venue and arriving with just 10 mins to spare before the end of level 2 lock out for latecomers, he found himself with a reduced and smaller starting stack than anyone else had started with, but undeterred Duncan played his way solidly back into the Tournament.
I didn’t see him in many hands, but the on the occasions that I did he seemed to be gathering decent sized pots.
Deserved your win Duncan. Well played.
Many thanks to both Vicky Lanchester, and Ashley Chilton for dealing the cards on Final Table.It was a big help.
Finally, I just want to wish Dan Tyler and his IL14 Midland side the very best of luck in Scotland.