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Feb 17 2018

Marc Ward wins Season 19 Week 4, Liam Pickering 2nd, Gaz Howard 3rd

BCPC Season 19, Game 4– Friday 9th February 2018

No sooner had the heads up championship drawn to a close, week 4 was now upon us and the BCPC players descended upon the The New Talbot in West Bromwich for the start of the back end straight for season 19.  Clear leader Tom Cawley still had a massive 18 point gap in front of 2nd placed Laura Rhoden, but stranger things have happened meaning he’d have to keep the work rate up to clinch the ultimate season 19 prize.

 

Points before the start:

Position

Name

Played

Pts

1

Tom Cawley

3

35

2

Laura Rhoden

3

17

3

Adam Smith

2

16

4

Hitendra Patel

2

15

5

Jake Poxon

3

15

6

Ricky Buckland

3

12

7

Mark England

3

10

8

Tony Trippier

3

10

9

Claire Bailey

3

9

10

Matt McKinlay

3

8

 

 

Tonight’s game

 

23 Runners would make up Game 4 of season 19, all vying to secure some extra points to guarantee a seat come the end of the season.  Here’s a few highlights of the evening:

 

After a slow start of hands notable hands Liam manages to turn 2 pair with 7-2 only to be given a chopped pot come the river with Chris.  Serves him right for playing 7/2 off, unless blind of course! 🙂

It was a battle of the big hands preflop with Tony Griffiths opening, which was met by a 3 bet from Tod.  Nic Rawlings decides that isn’t enough and 4 bets all in.  Tony G likes the look of it and shows a pair of Queens whilst Tod gets out of the way.  It looked good for Tony, but alas it was Nic holding the pocket rockets making him a 4:1 favourite.  Just for good measure the dealer gave him another Ace. Nice hand Nic!

 

 

Steve Healey unfortunately ran his 2nd nut flush in to Tod’s nuts.  That must have been painful for Healey, but probably more painful for Wood 😀

 

Did someone shout house?

Tony was getting in to all-in situations pretty early and rightly so.  He put his tournament life on the line come the the flop with his K7 up against Nic’s 8/6 which could only mean one thing, a double up for Tony!

 

 

 

Poxon raised a hand and was met with a 3 bet from Brian.  Marc Ward came along and showed pocket Queens which were to hold up against Brian’s 10’s, happy days for Marc! It wasn’t much longer and Poxon would find himself finishing in 17th.  His A/J no good up against Tod’s pocket Aces.

Coshan would see herself eliminated in 14th place after shoving a micro stack in with A/5.  She found a caller in Gaz Howard who called blind and flipped over 8/9.  A 9 on the flop was all it took and that would see the end for Coshan this time around.

 

To further put the boot in Tod managed to celebrate slightly prematurely believing everyone now had points as it was the top 10.  Little did he realise however there were 11 runners still and his A/9 all in couldn’t hold up against Nic’s K/10.  The community showing two 10’s would see Tod eliminated in 11th place.

Final Table

 

 The final 9 would see a fair bit of action and Marc Ward was going to find it very difficult; Taking a massive 600 chips along to commence the final battle.  Surely just laddering up the points would be on the agenda for him, or would it?

 

Laura managed to double Liam up after his combo draw hit a flush on the river and the misery wouldn’t stop there as Tony Trippier’s A/7 would hold against Rhoden’s K10 meaning Laura would exit in 9th.

 

Down to the final 8 and Nic Rawlings was down to a short stack.  He pushes it in pre-flop and is called by both blinds; Adam Phelan and Gaz Howard.  In the interest of knocking Nic out (like us poker players do) it was checked down to the showdown.  Nic looked to be having the last laugh as he turned over a flush!  Unluckily for him though Phelan had the Full house and it was goodbye Vienna for Nic in 8th.

 

Gaz Howard decided to push all in preflop and was met with a call from the smaller stack in Chris.  2 pocket pairs were shown in 7’s and J’s meaning Chris and his 7’s would see him finish in well, 7th!

 

Gaz Howard would be playing the game of executioner and this time it would be Tony Trippier.  With the blinds up to to 1600 he shouted the button for 6300.  Gaz did a bit of pot offs vs pot equity and came up that the call was one of +EV.  It was indeed and his 4.7k call to win 15k was finalised with the 56ss outdrawing Tony’s J9hh.  Well played Tripper, a respectable result in 6th!

 

The high hand pot was up to around £90 for the winner give or take and it was won on the night by no other than Hitendra Patel.  His Ace managed to find another 3 in the community for quads.  Luckily his 8 equally matched the 8 on the board to make use of his own for using both hole cards.  A nice double up and pot to boot.  Well done sir!

 

Celebration to commiseration as H would be the next to go.  He called of Liam’s raise on a K 8 x board holding 89dd.  It wasn’t to be however as Liam was holding AK.  Valiant effort there H in 5th place.

 

Down to 4 players and the chips would be passed around.  Everybody at this point had been chip leader at some point, including Marc who remember had only brought 600 to the final table!.  It was Adam’s turn to shove this time with 9/10 from small blind.  Gaz (again) would be the caller and Adam just couldn’t find a way to survive the A/Q of Gaz.

 

With 3 left it was getting close, but sooner or later one had to make way.  This time it would be Gaz Howard who raises button then calls for his tournament life the raise of Marc Ward.  Gaz’s A/J ran it in to Marc’s QQ and that was the end of that!  Gaz gone in 3rd

 

Heads up now and it didn’t last long, 2 hands in fact.  Marc a slight chip leader gets it in with A/10 and finds a call with Liam holding A/7.  No 7’s about and that would mean Marc had come from literally half a big to somehow come back and win it!  Well played and big congrats to Liam and all other final tablers!

Marc had this to say on his win:

“Winning my second ever BCPC game feels really goof, for one the standard of play is always very good, so even final tabling is an achievement, and two, to do it after reaching the final table with 600 chips feels even better!  Never give up, a chip and a chair as they say!”

They do indeed Marc, well played sir!

 

 

Points on the night

Position

Name

Usual Points

Actual Points

1

Marc Ward

15

0

2

Liam Pickering

12

0

3

Gareth Howard

10

0

4

Adam Phelan

8

0

5

Hitendra Patel

6

0

6

Tony Trippier

5

0

7

Chris Baker

4

0

8

Nic Rawlings

3

0

9

Laura Rhoden

2

0

10

Kevin Berrie

1

0

As it stands after game 4

Name

Played

Pts

Tom Cawley

4

35

Hitendra Patel

3

21

Laura Rhoden

4

19

Adam Smith

3

16

Marc Ward

4

15

Tony Trippier

4

15

Jake Poxon

4

15

Adam Phelan

3

14

Ricky Buckland

3

12

Liam Pickering

4

12

 

Tod’s telly pick with “What’s on Wood?” (WOW?) 

A public service announcement brought to you in part by Tod Wood:

“Ooh now then.  I’ve just finished Derry Girls (C4).  I have a couple of small issues with it but overall I thought it was great.  They say it’s like The In-betweeners but with girls.  I don’t think it’s as good as the In-betweeners but I still enjoyed it thoroughly.  The last episode made me pewl (Northern term to cry a lot*).  I’m also catching up on Bojack Horseman – my new favourite show.  The next thing I’m looking forward to is a 3-part documentary on BBC4: From Ice to Fire – The Incredible Science of Temperature. Yay!  “

Dziekuje Tod, as always a worthy bit of Wood-watching for us!

Remember to check out the calendar of upcoming games and events.  Big thanks and mention to Gareth Howard for a lot of hand input this week, Tod for spreadsheet data and Brian for newsletter.  Remember to keep getting your pictures in the Whatsapp group for blog input thanks.

If you’re new to the club, have a look around the website. If you have any comments, please let me know.

Next league game Friday 2nd March 2018.

TARAA A BIT!