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January Quarter Final Summary

Champions Poker League, the UK's #1 Pub Poker League
Write up’s for January's 2017 Quarter Finals

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.


Birmingham
Today I witnessed a great game of Poker at the quarter finals held at Genting’s Resort World Birmingham.

It consisted of all the main facets of Poker from good strong steady play by Paul Rouse to gain a massive stack to opportunist play from Ricky Eagle.

We had strong positional play from Scott Gallacher, but for myself, well I was one of those players who couldn’t get a hand, after 2 hours play I had only one winning hand!

Ian Banks was like a yo-yo, he was up and down the chip count. Wayne Stanley played really well until he had to admit he’d misread opponents hand and was taken out.

The final table consisted of 9 strong players all of whom had vast experience of the games many facets. Paul Rouse was massive chip leader at 3-1, our own “iron lady” Lynn Etches, Pete Winter a previous quarter final winner, Robert Pietrucik who more than once fell off the high wire only to be saved by the safety net of the river card, Scott Gallacher a strong positional player and also a previous quarter final winner and Paul Fingleton, who we call “the bad smell”,as he does have a habit of hanging in there without anyone noticing.

We ended up with the Heads Up; enter the “Flip of the coin” poker with a flop of 4 clubs-9 spades-10 spades. Scott goes all in with Queen 9, Paul calls with Jack- 5 spades, on the turn nothing, on the river a spade, Paul goes 2-1 in front.

A few hands later the flop is 7clubs-queen spade-2 spades, Scott all in with queen- 10; Paul calls with 6 spades-3 spades, on the turn 3 clubs and on the river 6 hearts. Scott is gutted and Paul comes out smelling of roses! Making Paul our January 2017 Quarter Finals winner.

What a game, I play regularly in the Leicester area with many of the players mentioned so I do know them well and all their nick names which I know they won’t mind me sharing with you all.

Again, our thanks to Richard and Genting Casino for putting on a great days’ tournament.


London
Play got under way just after 2pm with 71 players registered for the day's play and we lost our first player just before the break and the unlucky player to receive a big applause from all the rest of the players and the customary photo to go with it was FAHAD ABDUL.
After the lunch break we had a steady flow of players going out and we got down to the final table at 7:15 pm and with 8 places up for grabs at the final and 6 places being paid out.

We got to heads up between STEVE TURNER and JOE WRIGHT at 8:55pm and after just FIVE minutes both players announced the famous words ‘all in’ and with STEVE showing Qc, 2c and JOE showing 5s,5h the race was on the flop came down 10s, 4c, 2h giving STEVE a pair of twos and JOE with his pocket 5s still in front . The turn card was a 10h and the river card 7c giving both players two pairs and bringing an end to the day's play and with JOE taking home the trophy.

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


Bristol
Play started at Bristol with all eager to secure a seat to the national final.

The first person to bust out this quarter was national qualifier Teresa Beard from the Crown and Horseshoe with others following shortly afterwards. Congratulations to Rudeerat Ware, Dameon Bowrin, Dennis Gosling, Aled Davies, Steve Beard and Chris Fellows who all made it to the final table but narrowly missed out on qualification places.

Congratulations goes to our top four who all receive a national invitation. Massive chip stacks were won and lost with a much needed break at heads up. It was a hard fought battle with Simon taking home the trophy winning with Jack, 9 Hearts against Sams Ace, 10 diamonds.

4th – Paul Le Page from the Royal Tavern Mottingham
3rd – Derek George from the Oakfield Hotel
2nd – Sam Lambert from the Weary Traveller
1st – Simon Coulson from the Clarendon Club and Queens

Look forward to seeing you all again next quarter final.


Dundee
61 players had made their way to The G Casino in Dundee meaning six players would find their wallets better off by the end of the day and seven National seats were up for grabs at the second Scottish quarterly final of the new CPL poker year.

Within three hands Robert Turnbull had hit quad Kings and the cry went out for more chips from his victims at the table. This seemed to be our ‘feature table’ for the first part of the tournament as Tommy McMillan usurped the quad Kings with a hand that will no doubt be a topic of discussion amongst the players involved for some time to come and an interesting one for all the statisticians to debate. Not only did he bust Pocket Kings but managed to get four runners on the trot to hit a straight flush. All of this with A 3 off suit. Needless to say not everyone was as delighted as Tommy at this incredibly rare phenomenon and unsurprisingly not long afterwards we had our first casualty from this table as Kev Sinclair from The Perth Poker Club was the first to fall. It had been an interesting 24 hours for Kev as he had just become a grandfather for the first time so he therefore took solace in the fact that he was now free to celebrate the new arrival in style at the bar.

Only half a dozen players had signed out by the time we reached the 1st break. Many players bolstered the casino tables during this time whilst others happily discussed the highs and lows of their game so far in the bar and smoking areas.

Upon returning to the tables it was noted that everyone had taken advantage of the rebuy/add-on option and a substantial prizepool was on offer. John Dick bettered the previous straight flush when his Kc Qc saw a board of 7c 9c Jc come out and the 10c dutifully hit on the river to give him the best hand of the day, but this was still not enough to get John to the final table. Sandy Duncan was the unlucky player who bubbled for a seat at the final table, but he was somewhat consoled by the fact he had still attained a seat for Sheffield later in the year as several of the final table qualifiers had already secured seats.

Safe in the knowledge they had a seat at the National the remaining ten players set their sights on the top spot or at least being one of the six to cash. It was disappointment for Jake Eadie Snr, The Almondbank Inn and Gary McWilliams from The Perth Poker Club who went out in 10th and 9th respectively, followed by previous champions Robert Turnbull, The Waverley Hotel and last season’s, winner Kieran Milne, The Eastend Bar. The remaining players in the money were:-

6th Tommy McMillan, The Abbotsford, Perth
5th Pauline McIntyre, The Perth Poker Club, Perth
4th Adrian Pirie, The Buchlyvie Inn, Buchlyvie
3rd Craig Forbes, The Cliffburn Hotel, Arbroath

Heads up was between Dean Fleming, The Cliffburn Hotel, Arbroath, in his first ever CPL quarterly and previous champ Elaine Fitzpatrick, Ormond Bar, Perth looking to add to her trophy cabinet. This heads up had quite a few onlookers and both players played steady and considered poker for some time. Arguably the pivotal hand of the tournament occurred when Dean managed to hit a set of sevens against Elaines’ pocket Jacks, but it was to be 7d 5h for Elaine against Jh 10d for Dean that was to be the final hand. A rainbow board of Qc, 3s, 8h helped neither player nor did the 2s turn. The Ac on the river meant it was game over and Dean was our new Scottish Champ.

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. See you all in April.


Manchester
51 PLAYERS TURNED UP FOR THE 2ND QUARTERLY FINAL OF SEASON 2016-2017 AT THE GENTING CASINO SALFORD FOR A 12NOON SHOWDOWN. ONLY TWO PLAYERS HAD LEFT THE TOURNAMENT BEFORE THE FIRST BREAK SO THE REST OF US SETTLED DOWN AT JUST AFTER 1.30PM FOR HOPFULLY A SUCCESSFUL SESSION.

IT WASN’T UNTIL AROUND 6PM THAT THERE WERE ONLY NINE LEFT STANDING FOR THE FINAL TABLE. CHIP LEADER WAS BOB ROBY; THERE WERE A COUPLE OF LOW STACKS BUT THE REST OF THE PLAYERS WERE WELL IN TOUCH. FIRST TO DEPART WAS RICHARD YORK (QUEENS) FOLLOWED BY GARETH TATE (QUEENS), GARY MORRIS (LLANWRST) AND GARETH JONES (LLANWRST).

PLAY SETTLED DOWN FOR A WHILE BUT WITH BLINDS EVER INCREASING, JANET PHILLIPS (ROEBUCK) AND PHIL SHERIDAN (LLANWRST) WERE NEXT TO LEAVE THE TABLE.

THIS LEFT THE FATHER AND SON COMBO OF GEORGE AND GORDON YOUNG (ST LEGER) ALONGSIDE BOB ROBY (ROSE N BOWL). GEORGE WAS FIRST TO CRACK LEAVING GORDON AND BOB HEAD TO HEAD. IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG BEFORE BOB WAS ALL IN, SHORT STACKED, WITH 7/8 SUITED AND GORDON SNAP CALLED WITH POCKET 2’S; THE DEUCES STOOD UP AND WE HAD A WORTHY WINNER.

THANKS TO GLENN AND ALL AT GENTING FOR LOOKING AFTER US IN FINE STYLE, THE DRINKS SERVICE WAS SUPERB, AS WAS THE AFTERNOON MEAL PROVIDED BY THE CASINO. SEE Y’ALL IN THREE MONTHS OVER IN YORKSHIRE FOR THE NEXT QUARTERLY.


Norfolk
With the Railway Tavern now celebrating its 3rd year of running the CPL quarter final for the area, and with 6 of the 39 players already qualified for the National Final, this game promised to be an epic battle for the 4 x qualifying positions.

With only the 2nd hand of the day, Gary Jones who was sitting on table 1, hit the first Royal Flush ever to be seen at the Railway Tavern!

Play was brisk and only 10 minutes after the re-buy/add-on period, Kelvyn Myhill was the 1st to depart the tournament.

After 4 hours of play we were left with our final 8 players when unfortunately Julien Barrat lost all in with KK, losing to A,10 with 4,Q,10,10 and 6 on the board.

When James Dainty and Dean Hall were eliminated, the final 6 knew they had made the Nationals since Roy Garner (5th) and Gary Roberts (3rd) had already qualified. Marcus Tye was 6th and Paul Martin 4th. Husband and wife duo filled the top 2 x spots after an epic heads-up battle. John Brie- Crawley came out in first position with his wife Jo finishing 2nd when his K6 held up again K4.

Well done to all that played and look forward to seeing you in April.



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