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October Quarter Final Summary

Champions Poker League, the UK's #1 Pub Poker League
Write up’s for Oct 2015 Quarter Finals

Champions Poker League is now in its 10th year of operation, we would like to say a big thank you to all those pubs and players who have supported us over the years and look forward to many more years of pub poker. Season 1 quarterly finals are now upon us with this the first opportunity for players to qualify for the National Final in September 2016. A brief summary of the days play held at each quarterly final venue can be found below. Photos and finishing positions can be found on our finals page or by clicking here.


Bristol
Due to a few more pubs joining the league over the past season, we had an increase in player numbers at the Bristol final this weekend. It was great to see new players as well as the ‘regulars’ from existing pubs.

First out was Maurice Sinclair from the Market House Inn in Devon, this was the 3rd quarter final he has attended and yet to make it deep into any of the tournaments, but better luck next time!

Well done to all the final table players, their finishing positions were as follows:

10th - Steve Hacking from the Market House Inn in Devon
9th – David Jackson from the Queens Head in Ludgershall
8th – Calvin Davies from the Oakfield Hotel in Cwmbran
7th – Chris Fellows from De Traceys Bar in Devon
6th – Ashley Rice from the Market House Inn in Devon
5th – Vickey Davey from the Market House Inn in Devon
4th – John Larkins from the Market House Inn in Devon
3rd – Steve Davies from the Oakfield Hotel in Cwmbran
2nd – Keith Manser from the Market House Inn in Devon
1st – Luke Roberts from the Racehorse Inn in Devon

Congratulations to Luke for winning, this was only the 2nd quarter final he has attended, so was a great achievement! The final hand saw both players push all in, both chasing the straight. Mike was holding K,10 with Keith 9,10. The flop showed A,8,Q with the turn a J. This meant Mike had the wining hand before the river with his straight 10 to A.

The top 4 qualified but one of the places was handed down, so this meant that Vickey managed to qualify for the National Final next September 2016. Top 5 x shared the cash prizes of £1,090 with Luke taking home the crystal trophy.
Look forward to seeing you all again next quarter final.


Birmingham
Play started at 2.15pm for the first of this year’s Quarter finals at The Grosvenor Casino in Birmingham on the 24th October 2016.

There were 46 players at the start and by 5.15pm we were down to the final 3 tables having had good play throughout the first session .By 7pm we were down to the final table of 9 players with 2 players going out at the same time.
The final table started steadily but then the entertainment came in the form of Big Phil Young, a previous quarter final winner. He proceeded to give us his interpretation of a “Spirited” pub poker forum of “any two cards" will do approach, firstly with a massive 30k 2:7 off suite BLUFF and taking the pot. He immediately followed up by taking Mark Woodward out with Runner Runner cards.

Next came Elliott, also a previous Quarter finals winner making a big pre-flop bet, to which Phil snapped called , a flop of Ace,Queen,3; bought another big bet from Elliott ,with a “Spirited “ all in bet from Phil which was met with Elliott calling .Cards shown, Elliott Ace, Queen; Phil with gusto shows 2,4 of clubs; “Gasps” from the table, on the turn—nothing, on the river 5 “Ho Yeh” from Phil .From Elliott a wry smile and a hand shake and exit from the competition. But he who lives by the “Spirit” also dies by the “Spirit”.

By virtue of Pete Winter going all in pre flop with Ace,5 of clubs, again a “Spirited “ snap call from Phil showing pocket Kings with a “Ho Yeh” , the flop was 10,5,4; on the turn nothing , on the river 5, another “hooey” this time from Pete . Phil on tilt and next to go out on the bubble, there was an audible sigh of relief from other players.
Eventually we were down to Heads , with Pete and Sean, all in by Sean with pocket 6’s, Pete called with pocket 7’s,and the final is all over with Pete Winters taking the trophy, it’s all over and another great quarter finals day was had by all, great poker and great atmosphere .

Many of the players came up to me afterwards to express their thanks to The Grosvenor Casino and especially to John the Card Room manager for running such a successful event and for providing us with such a good lunch.


Huddersfield
Well it was off to a slow start, with all players eyeing up the new trophy, The Ley Inn was the main contender has they had five contenders on the final table battling it out, no comradery between them. Frank Gorton lost out on the bubble to qualify, but he was happy to win money.

The heads up was a battle between D Cribben and Helen Miller no love lost in this battle has the chips were back and forth. It was a push from Helen with J 7 after a jack came down on the flop to be called instantly by David with A 5, he was lucky to get an Ace on the turn to take it down. A good day was had by all.


London
The words shuffle up and deal went out at 2pm with 57 players registered for the day's play and we managed to get through the first hours play without losing any players. Every player took the option of either a rebuy or the add-on and play continued.

We lost our first player at 15:40 and JEREMY BATCHELOR was the recipient of a rapturous applause from the rest of the players. Slowly but surely we started to lose players until we reached the final table at 19:25 and with 6 places up for grabs at final in September 2016 and 6 places also being paid out play was a little bit cautious.

The unfortunate player who busted out on the bubble was JASON LOMAX and now the rest of the players now knowing that their places were safe. We got to heads up between TOM COOK-SMITH and PETE SANDLES at 20:45 with chips being passed between both players for about 20 minutes the famous words all in from both players was announced and with TOM showing 5c, 8h and PETE showing 2c, 9d the race was on the flop came down Ad,4s,9c the turn was 3s and the river was 3d so PETE took the win with two pair.

Well done PETE and well done to the rest of the players who managed to qualify for the final next year. Lastly a big thanks to the rest of the players who also turned up. Hope to see you at the next quarter final.


Norfolk
A record number of entrants took part in the first regional quarter of the season (41) and the Railyway Tavern were delighted to have last year’s Grand Final winner Vanessa Farley taking part.

Unusually three players were eliminated before the hour with Michael Masko, Daniel Godfrey and the first out participant Dan Pyman receiving a round of applause. The usual fish sausage chips and bread rolls were eaten at the break before battle recommenced for the chance to win a rather healthy £220 for the winner.

Players were being eliminated left right and centre with the particular unlucky emotion, Mike from Dereham having is rockets busted to kings. The final table saw some familiar faces, Maria Steward being the first to go. When we were down to 5 we knew they had made the nationals as Vanessa Farley (pre-qualified) was still there. Play continued to the final two of Vanessa and James Neve. The impressive James Neve eventually winning when his Ace Jack held up against King Ten.


Northampton
Play started at Northampton Aspers Casino at 2pm with 40 runners. We had to wait to the last hand before the buffet break to lose our first player John Mcbride. By 6pm we were down to the final dealer dealt table of 10 with everyone left keen to try and make the top 5. After another hour we reached that goal with the 5 making the cash and qualifying for the final next year. Top lady on the day was Jayne Newman coming 4th. 8pm we had our showdown hand Nick Stephens v Steve McAlistar Nick having Queen 6 and Steve Ace Jack, the flop was King, 9, 8, the turn 9, and the river Jack. Steve wining the event with a pair of Jacks.


Dundee
The first Scottish quarterly of the new CPL poker year saw 62 players take their seats at The G Casino, Dundee. The qualifiers had obviously come to enjoy their day and there was a great vibe in the card room with plenty of banter between the players. The usually vocal John Pullar from The Waverley Hotel, Callander was uncharacteristically quiet however as he discreetly left the card room after being the first to depart the tournament. He still received the traditional cheer and round of applause when it was announced we had lost our first player despite the fact he was already half way down the A90.

The tournament had the usual mixture of ups and downs, playing styles and bad beat stories. For example Andy Cowan from The Ball Room, Perth must have thought he had the best hand of the day all sewn up with his Hearts Wheel Straight Flush only to have it usurped by Dzmirty Ryzhyk, The Aboukir Hotel, Carnoustie who hit the better Clubs 6 to 10 Straight flush. Alas even with Straight Flushes neither of these players made it to the final table this time round, but as ever ten players did take their seats ready to vie for the seven National seats and six cash prizes on offer.

Adrian Pirie, The Buchlyvie Inn was the first to fall, followed by Ross McGregor and Janet Michael respectively; both representing The Waverley Hotel, Callander. 7th place Gus Dakers, Ormond Bar, Perth was bubble boy for the money, but did secure his seat for the National next year along with the six remaining players. Only one of the National seat qualifiers had attained this goal before so all of the players were very pleased and excited about their achievement.

The remaining players departed the final table:-
6th Alan Crawley, Ormond Bar, Perth
5th Radovan Kassak, The Waverley Hotel, Callander at his inaugural CPL quarterly final
4th Jake Eadie Jnr, The Almondbank Inn, Perth
3rd Oluwaseun ‘Sean’ Bamidele, The Ball Room, Perth at his inaugural CPL quarterly final

Heads up was an all Perth affair between Calum Menzies from The Ball Room and Martin Gardiner, Ormond Bar. Calum had a substantial chip advantage to begin with but (as is the way with poker) a couple of Martins prayers were answered by the poker gods and he evened things up. At this point the players decided on a split for the cash but this did not diminish their desire to win and the game continued until Qc 7h for Martin and Ad 9s for Calum saw all the chips in the middle. A dry board of 4d Kd 6s helped neither player improve their hand and the turn was 10s, which left Martin requiring a Q or 7 to stay in the tournament. 9d on the river sealed the deal for Calum giving him a pair of 9’s, the new style trophy and the title of Season 1 2015-2016 Scottish champ…..not bad going considering he only joined the CPL in July.

Many thanks to all the players who participated and made this yet another great day and as ever thanks to John, Mike and the team at the G casino Dundee for their continued support and professionalism.
On a side note, a special mention to Adam ‘Hayzee’ Hayes who was uncharacteristically unsettled and distracted throughout the day. His ‘spidey senses’ must be strong though as it turned out he was called home later in the day to be present for the safe arrival (albeit almost two weeks early) of his son Jake. Many congratulations Adam.


Luton
Play began in Luton at just after 2pm with 70 taking part. It was after exactly an hour before we lost our first player John Devaney.

We were playing till 7pm, before we moved onto the final table of ten players. After another 30 mins we were down to 8 and all now qualified for the final next year. Top lady on the day was Louise Ashby finishing 5th. Just after 10pm we had our showdown hand Ian had ace Jack and Jim King Queen, the flop was king , 6 , Ace, the turn 8 and river a 3. Ian winning the event with a pair of aces.





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