Walsall, Luton and Manchester
The final set of results are in and we are now able to present the rankings for the Luton, Manchester and Walsall finals.
First up, Luton.
The top 16 players from Luton have qualified through to the National final.
1.George Brown - Alma
2.Roy Marino - Bear
3.Kevin Woods – Wigmore Arms
4.Keith Boon – Great Harry
5.Diane Corby – Kalooki Club
We had record 153 players at the Luton Quarterly final, playing for a £1500 prize pool! This meant that the card room was almost filled by the final, with what little extra space there was being taken up by a smaller tournament where attending guests were playing against the casino regulars. There was also a large crowd around the blackjack table before the start of the tournament which gradually reappeared as players dropped out. The Grosvenor staff were excellent, very well organised, and play started only slightly after the target time of 2:30pm.
Commiserations to Simon Wade who was first out of the tournament. Hope the round of applause didn't embarass you too much Simon.
A discounted buffet was supploed with an excellent array of food, including some very nice desserts!
The final two players were George Brown from the Alma in Cambridge and Roy Marino from the Bear in Bedford. The last hand was played around 2am, approximately 11 hours after the tournament began. George had an ace and a queen, whilst Roy had a jack and a three. The flop came down ace, two, three, followed by a four on the turn and a ten on the river, allowing George to win with a pair of aces and take home first prize!
Next up, Manchester!
We had a good turnout of 63 people at Manchester, meaning that the top 7 players have qualified for the national final.
1.Jeffrey Eardley - Sacred Heart Catholic Club
2.Gareth Jones - Pen-Y-Bryn
3.Lee Thompson - Red Bridge Tavern
4.John Mainland - John Mainland (Pub manager)
5.Jordon Marsden - Cross Axes
For many of the players attending it was their first time at a CPL final, including our winner Jeff Eardley from the Sacred Heart Catholic Club. Congratulations must go out to Gareth Jones who yet again placed second after coming second at the previous Manchester final and winning the National final in September!
All attending had a fantastic time and we look forward to seeing the top seven at the National final in September next year!
Last but not least, Walsall!
124 players made it to the Walsall final, meaning that the top 13 have qualified through to the national!
1.John Conlon – Pavilion
2.Paul Eversden – White Lion, Sutton Coldfield
3.Mik Porter - White Lion, Sutton Coldfield
4.Wayne Turner – Unicorn Inn, Ludlow
5.Mick Grimmett – Branston Arms
20.Mark Grimes Williams
98. Nigel Huntbach
99. Rob Calderbank
We had a great turnout at Walsall with plenty of familiar faces showing up. There were practically no queues and the booking in process went very smoothly. After a 2pm start the tournament lasted all the way up till 11:30pm, with the final heads up between John Conlon and Paul Eversden lasting almost half an hour! John was short stacked going in, but managed to fight his way back to take home 1st prize.
Poor Abid Ali was first out despite having trip jacks. Better luck next time Abid!
Photos of the finals will be available in the gallery section shortly.