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See previous entry "April Quarter Final Summary"See next entry "National Final 2017"

July Quarter Final Summary

Champions Poker League, the UK's #1 Pub Poker League
Write up’s for July'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.

Play began t 15.05 with 61 taking part, we had to wait to the last hand before the break, exactly one hours play to lose our first player Marie Gibs. The top lady on the day was Vanessa Winterburn coming 7th and making the final table and going onto the final in a couple of months time. The other 9 players on the final table going through aswell. At approx.. 20.30 we had our showdown hand between Julian and Pete. Julian a 5 & 7, Pete Ace & 8, the flop was 4 & 6 & 8, the turn a 3 and river a 4, Julian winning the event with a straight.

Another busy day at the Tavern which saw 41 players taking part with players coming from as far away as Kent!

With 12 entrants already qualified places were well and truly available for Sheffield.

Derehams’ Maria Steward was first to crash out shortly followed by the ‘Joker of the Pack’ Kyle Pease. Brisk play followed and we quickly reached our final table of 8.

It was just left to Mike (F) Lyons to outplay Kev Powley. Kev wasted his larger stack and finally lost when his 2.7 bluff didn’t come off. Well done to Mike

The game at Bristol on 29/7/2017 started at 1pm with 26 players in attendance, due to this being holiday season the numbers were a bit low. The game went well with all players still in at the break. This changed when we returned as we slowly lost players and were reduced to 2 tables.

Although not having too many players, it did take some time before having the number of players for the final table, which ended up with 9 as 2 went out just before.

The final table lost a couple fairly quickly, the rest playing carefully so as to stay as long as possible, as only 3 qualified for the finals in Sheffield.

3 people on the table had already gained their place at the final, so it went down to 7th.
The final 3 left on the table were DAVID ERRINGTON, DAVID JACKSON and STEVE LYONS.
STEVE being the eventual winner, after a lot of back and forth of the chips.


Play got under way just after 2pm with only 51 players registered for the day's play and we lost our first player after 30 minutes of play 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 MARGOT KEEPING.

After the lunch break we had a steady flow of players going out and we got down to the final table at 7:15pm after a quick break and a couple of pictures we got back down to play and to see who would take the final chance to qualify for the national final in September with 6 places up for grabs at the final and 6 places being paid out. The unfortunate player who busted out on the bubble for the final and a paying place was RON FARRINGTON.

We got to heads up between MARTIN BRANSCOMBE and PETE BLAKE at 8:25 pm and after 15 minutes of play both players announced the famous words ‘all in’ and with MARTIN turning over Kd,Qc and PETER holding Qs 5h the race was on.
The flop came 7c,7h,Jh it didn't really help either player. So on to the turn card which was As leaving MARTIN still with a slight advantage. The river card came down and would you believe it the 10h showed its face which gave MARTIN the straight and the win.

Well done MARTIN and good luck to the rest of the players who managed to qualify for the NATIONAL FINAL. Lastly a big thanks to the casino and to the rest of the players who also turned up. Hope to see you at the next quarter final.

56 players sat down at the poker tables of The G Casino in Dundee to contest the last Scottish CPL quarterly of 2016 – 2017. With this being the last chance to qualify for the National the usual pre-tournament excitement was intensified when it was announced that a third of the field had already secured their place, therefore, significantly increasing the odds for the players still vying for a seat. Luckily for Fred Lawson of The Abbotsford, Perth he had already secured his seat at Sheffield as he received the customary cheer and round of applause as it was announced that we had lost our first player.

We had only lost two players prior to the break and upon returning to the tables spirits were high and play continued at a steady pace. Quad Kings was the best hand of the day which helped Jane Jeffrey, The Ball Room, Perth to make it to the final table. When we did get down to our final ten, three players already had seats and with six up for grabs the players quickly calculated that all bar one at the table would receive a National invitation. Martin Carter, Ormond Bar, Perth was the unlucky player to miss out by departing the table first followed by Eddie Gallacher and Kieran Milne, The Victoria and Albert Bar, Brechin. This left us in ‘the bubble’ position regarding the prize pool. It was to be another Ormond Bar player who was to just miss out on this occasion as the departure of Scott Sweeney left the remaining players in the money:-

6th Jane Jeffrey, The Ball Room, Perth
5th Raitis Zomerovskis, The Portcullis, Arbroath
4th Chris Eadie, The Pitcairngreen Inn, Perth

The final three agreed to split the remaining prize pool and Ben McAlpine, The Waverley Hotel, Callander happily headed off to the casino tables in third place leaving fellow Waverley Hotel player Eammon O’Boyle heads up with Craig Jeffrey The Ball Room, Perth. A sporting handshake saw the start of the battle which didn’t last too long. It was Eammon who made the opening move of the final hand pushing all-in with AJ to be called by Craig with Pocket 8’s. The eights held up, indeed hitting a straight for good measure and Craig was crowned our final Scottish champ of the 2016-2017 season and will be happily winging his way to Sheffield at the end of September accompanied by his wife Jane who also qualified at the final table.

Thanks as always go to Craig, Mike and the team at the G casino Dundee for their continued support and professionalism. As ever I hope you all enjoyed your day and congrats to all of the National qualifiers. I look forward to seeing you for a few vodka martinis at the end of September.

Now that’s what I call a great game of poker on the last night of this year’s quarter final held at Genting’s Resort World on Saturday 5th August. Players came from all parts of the country, from South London to North Wales and we also welcomed a lot of new faces.
Play started in the afternoon with the rain and high winds outside contrasting with the calm and anticipation inside. It really seemed if everyone was determined to get one of the 6 remaining places left for the national finals, there was only one player out after an hour 40mins play.
We broke for a great lunch and then play started again with the same air of concentration and determination.
Up to the last 2 table mark no one was really big stacked leader and with 4 players already qualified it took time to cut down to the final table of 9, of which 3 players were already qualified including myself.
At 9.15pm the game was good and honest play, the break came when I re-raised with Ace / Queen all in, there was an immediate response from Paul Rouss with pocket queens followed by Lesley East with ace /10,a queen on the flop- and that was hand over, making Paul massive chip leader.
The remaining 4 players continued to play a tight game for 1st place and the trophy.
Ben Walker managed to stay in more than once by virtue of the river card, but Paul was able to use his chip domination to very good effect, eventually wearing down the remaining players.
At 10.15pm it was game over, Paul with ace/seven and seven on the flop.
Congratulations to Paul and all the other players for a great days play, excellent atmosphere and brilliant play, looking forward to the National Finals in September.
Once again members expressed their delight in the venue and of Gabriele and his card room staff for their services.

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