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October's Quarterly Finals

Champions Poker League, the UK's #1 Pub Poker League
Write up’s for October’s Season 1 2017-2018 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 at 15.05 with 37 players taking part. We had to wait 90 mins before we had our first casualty, celebrity player Dawn Card. The goal now to make to make the top 5 to get in the money and make the final next year.

At 19.30 we were down to the final table of 9 players. By 20.15 we had reached that magic number of the top 5.

Top lady once again was Bev Cooper coming 3rd and arriving at the final table with only 5300 chips. 21.05 we were heads up Ian Braidwood and Mark Watts both from The Old Crown Fetcham Surrey. Straight away we were heads up Ian had a pair of Queens and Mark an Ace 2. The flop 10, 10, 7, the turn an Ace and the river a 7. Marking winning the tournament with 2 pairs, Aces & 10s.

The tournament started a little late due to unforeseen circumstances, the bidding was strong on a couple of tables with a couple of players losing their stacks early, which meant they had their buy in before the break.

After the break the bidding was again quite fierce, with a number of players exiting the tournament and the tables being broken down.

After this the elimination slowed as everyone played with a bit more care. The final table started with 9 players as 2 went out at 11th and 10th at the same time.

The final table lost a few players and decided to split the prize money, the last 3 players were Amanda Fey, Nigel Anderson and Sean Dean, the eventual winner being Sean.

The 1st of this years’ quarterly final was held at Birmingham’s Genting Casino on Saturday 21st October and despite the low turnout of only 28 players, the days poker was still strong and aggressive.

Even with the low numbers, players showed that they wanted to play good poker, shown by the fact that the final 2 players were still playing at 10.15pm.

The real surprise was that the final table was made up of 5 ladies and 4 gents, a further surprise came along when the ladies knocked out all the gents leaving just the 5 ladies, so it really became a “Ladies Champions Poker League Quarter Final Night”.

All the ladies on the final table did play exceptionally good Poker and were more than a match for the male players.

The final hand came down to Jessica Hays playing with 8-10 of Hearts and Lynda Gannon playing on with pocket Aces, which held up to become the winning hand.

Congratulations to Lynda Gannon and all the other players for making it a very pleasant day’s poker. Our thanks also go to Genting Casino and all the staff for providing the venue.

It was a good day had by all, the first player out all the way from wales was Gary Morris but this was after a couple of hours play. It was a very cagey day has people were that cautious and a good hour before the next to leave.

Eventually at 8.30 pm we managed to get a final table, Mike Fanshaw the bubble boy for the final, it was quickly going down now has the blinds were getting high, finally at 40k / 80k blinds we got to heads up, after a few hands all in was called with A Q a quick call with pocket 10s. Bob Currens 10’s held up to take the final down,

With a record 51 entrants this promised to be a great day in the home of Norfolk poker, The Railway Tavern, Dereham. Players travelled from as far as Leicester to play in the event which saw the unfortunate Dean Hall go out first at 2pm. Dereham starter Kev Powley was unlucky when his 7, 9 off lost to aces a typical Powley move.

Former Champions Poker League winner finished 10th and when Russell Steward finished 9th we had our final table of 8.

Aurimas Jonaitis was the unlucky bubble boy missing out on Sheffield and the money. Terry Secker finished sixth and Joe Green fifth, former winner of the even John Brei-Crawley was 4th. Gary “Bart” Roberts 3rd and Darren Cassidy was a gallant runner up. The glory therefore fell on Andy Kews shoulders when his 3, 4 took out ace queen.

54 players had made their way to The G Casino in Dundee to contest the first Scottish quarterly final of the new CPL poker year and unusually we had only lost one of those players by the time we got to the meal break. On this occasion the dubious honour went to Martin Carter, Ormond Bar, Perth.

Following the break the players returned to the tables in good spirits. With both their chip stacks and stomachs fortified they were ready to fight it out to the final ten.

Early doors in the tournament James Gill, The Perth Poker Club looked set to achieve the best hand of the day with Quad Jacks, but David McAlpine, The Waverley Hotel, Callander usurped him and took the accolade with Quad Aces. Alas neither of these players reached the final table, but of the ten who did this was a first time experience for four of them and all were hopeful of achieving cash and one of the six National seats on offer. It was not to be for Geo Smith, The Old Bolag, Brechin or Gus Dakers, Ormond Bar, Perth who went out 10th and 9th respectively. 8th and 7th saw Dean Fleming and Graeme Howe, both former Scottish champs from The Portcullis, Arbroath depart thus leaving the rest of the field in the money.

6th Hugh Lightbody, The Waverley Hotel, Callander
5th Kayleigh Stewart, The Pitcairngreen Inn, Perth - cashing at her first quarterly final table.

The final four agreed to split the remaining prize pool equally making it a very profitable first outing to a quarterly final table for 4th place Scot Sherrit, The Ballroom, Perth and 3rd place Ryan Cossans, The Old Bolag, Brechin.

Heads up was between Alan MacLean, The Perth Poker Club and Shaun Bowie, The Old Bolag, Brechin who with around 80-90% of the chips in play was hoping to go one better than the runner up position he had achieved at the last quarterly. Shaun didn’t have to wait long to achieve his goal as Alan shoved with Qc 6d against Qd 10s for Shaun. A flop of Qh, 4d, 4c gave Alan a glimmer of hope that a split may be on the horizon but 9s, 3d meant the ten played and within one hand Shaun was the new Scottish champ. Kudos to Shaun who it should be noted has played in three quarterly finals, reached the final table twice and gained a first and second place whilst there…….impressive stats!

As ever many thanks to all the players who participated and made this yet another great day and to Craig, Mike and the team at the G casino Dundee for their continued support and professionalism.

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