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| 1st || Poker Pirate || (Jamesie) |
| 2nd || Skywalker || (Luke) |
| 3rd || Braveheart || (Craig) |
| 4th || Boy Plunger || (Ian) |
| 5th || The Fish || (Gavin) |
| 6th || The Hustler || (Adam) |
| 7th || Poker Shark || (Pete) |
| 8th || Candyman || (Alex) |
| 9th || Five Fingers || (Ot) |
| 10th || Real Deal || (Dan) |
| 11th || The Mouse || (Suzy) |
Prize fund: £5.00 each - total first prize £55.00
Game Length: 7.30pm - 10.35pm 3 hours 05 mins
Rules: Texas Hold'em
Two tables (5 and a 6 person)
Tables merged at 9.30pm
Venue: Poker Joker Card Room
Qualifiers - Candyman, Poker Pirate, Poker Shark, Hustler, Skywalker
Out - The Mouse
Qualifiers - Braveheart, Boy Plunger, The Fish
Out - Five Fingers, Real Deal
The Poker Pirate wins his first ranking point, well six and a ranking win to put in his treasure chest. Turns up 10 minutes after play commences and has been anted away. Needing to steer his ship home, his rum antics are nowhere to be seen and a more ruthless, calculating, cold plunderer is in town. Still a raider. The Pirate is on the loose and the poker seas will never be safe again. The jolly roger stands for danger.
Skywalker plays strong cards all night. The return of the jedi. His mind control powers only work on weak poker minds and in the heads up his form is only blighted by the fear of big antes. After a winning debut, Skywalkers form had resembled bantha fodder and he is delighted with his highest ranking finish. Definately seen the lightsabre.
Braveheart makes a dramatic debut at the Poker Joker table. More timid tart than braveheart in the early stages, his fold and wait tactics do not appear to show a battlehardened poker player. Its all a smokescreen as Braveheart goes all in on a diamond flush draw after the flop.
Called by Five Fingers with a made low straight and the Real Deal's three fives, it looks like Scotland the grave after fourth street brings no diamond flush.
The rivercard is a diamond and fortune really does favour the Braveheart with a treble up hand. Celebrates quietly by climbing the beams and simulating an adult act. Respect.
Enters the final table chipleader. Places third as his guts and glory desert his ranks. Still an impressive outing for the Braveheart.
The Boy Plunger declares his intentions early by telling the table he is representing the Professor in his absence. Three hands later he reacts to a big Fish raise by going all in 20 minutes into the game... unprecedented. The Fish folds bullets in the hand and the Boy Plunger turns over King high.
The Plunger takes his impersonation further by trying to antagonise the Fish bowl and challenging them to a 'showdown'! Peace lads.
The Boy Plunger sadly reverted to type by sitting on his stack for the rest of the game and placing fourth. Close but no cigar... again.
The Fish puts his BIG ONE disaster to bed with some strong poker throughout the night. On the end of a number of phsycological tactics for long periods, the Fish stayed calm throughout. When faced with the infamous hand and being 'Plunged' into stormy seas, the Fish plays it safe and makes the final table. Despite paddling upstream in the end, the Fish Bowl is back.
The Hustler makes the final table and is always a threat. Unfortunately the hustle can only work so many times. Not unknown to bluff, Hustler is called out too many times with bluff and bluster. Not happy with his game, the Hustler remains a threat but is now on the end of a long run of under performance. Time for some new stings?
The Poker Shark is finished after an evening of volatile hunting. Must of been in the hot seat as he was jumping out of it enough. All-in hot water in the end, the shark stops swimming and turns belly up. Consistant, a final table player still trying to make the final leap to the winners rostram.
The Candyman is licked by some kamikaze style betting. All in virtually from the first flop, the Candyman is saved again and again by river cards. Makes the final table. A sense of invincibilty starts to effect the Candyman. Finally the Candyman is called, the myth of immortality is shattered and his lolly is licked.
Five Fingers plays cautious in the face of some low low cards. Picks up a few winning hands but can't make them pay. Finally his moment arrives with a made straight after the flop. Diamonds do not fit Five Fingers as the Braveheart's river flush shatters his dreams. On a dismal run of form. As someone pointed out, Five Fingers has assumed the role of official photographer, always available to snap the final table.
The Real Deal, what a volcano of a poker player, erupting and dormant, depending on the poker day. It's nuts or bust cards from the Deal. Last place or first place, nothing in between. Played his usual game of astute cards and strong gambling in the face of weakness. Hung drawn and quartered by the flying Scotsman in the hand of the night.
The Mouse is at her second visit to the Poker Joker table after a cautious debut. An exit early does not tell the whole story as she is trapped in an over flush river trap. When flushes clash, someone loses cash. Unlucky on the night, the Mouse will be back looking to be top cheese.
Great game tonight. Thanks for coming everyone.
Wild celebrations, ridiculous rivallry, a new winner, a debut to remember and of course the usual sprinkling of strong lager.
Bring on January! Of course, a splatter of friendlies along the way will ease the wait!