BCPC Premier League VI Live Final – 14 March 2014
So, no Division One this season but instead an extended Premier League with 18 players. At the end of the league phase Adam Phelan was league winner, and so started the evening as chip leader. Six others had gained an automatic final table spot and so in the best-of-three play-offs 8th v 11th and 9th v 10th would see who the final two players were.
The event was sponsored not by KFC but NTC (New Talbot Chicken). Finger-lickin’ good.
Mark Rowbottom v Matt Wright
Matt took a relatively uneventful 1-0 lead but all the action came in the second game. After losing about 10 small pots in a row Mark then started to fight back and with the blinds going up took the chip lead. Matt shoved with 68d and was called by Mark with AQ. A queen on the flop looked to make it 1-1 but the board ran out all spades for a chopped pot.
OK, maybe not everyone.
Mark then got it in good again, AK v K2, but a 2 on the flop and no subsequent A saw Matt double up and take a big chip lead. Still time for Mark to fight back and looked to be on the way all-in with A9 v J7, but again got outdrawn with Matt hitting a jack and sending Mark to the dealer chair.
Stuart Slater v Paul Foy
After dealing for the other game it was then 7pm and Captain Bluebook was adamant that we start the final table or he’d make us walk the plank aaaaaar me Jim lad, so I don’t know any details but Paul won through 2-0 against Stuart.
The chip counts for the FT were:
A cruel early exit for Steve Redfern saw Steve Healey take a big chip lead. On a flop of QT2 a raising war ended with all the chips in the middle but Steve R’s set of twos was a huge underdog to Steve H’s set of tens. The board ran out JK and we lost Steve R in 9th. Speaking after the game Steve R said “Shit happens – think I’m supposed to go bust in that spot, so no regrets.” I agree, I don’t think it mattered how the betting went it’s just a massive cooler.
Adam lost a load of chips to Paul Foy in one hand. As Adam later explained, “I lost a chunk to Foy with turned set n he called the raise n binked his gut-shot on river.”
It was a while before our next victim but eventually Matt exited in 8th. Short on chips, Matt came over the top of Paul’s raise with 45 but was called by AQ. No help for the 45.
Foyie was executioner again knocking out Brian in 7th place. Raise, reraise, etc. and it was no real surprise to see Bri turn over KK only for Paul to have AA. Another huge cooler, nothing you can really do about that and we lost Bri.
Adam Phelan had a chance to knock out Tod who raised with 47h, Adam 3-bet with AQ and Tod shoved, Adam tank-folded. Adam said, “I was definitely calling a shove, until you shoved.” Or words to that effect. Lolz.
Adam P then exited in 6th, losing a race with AJ v Kev’s TT.
Adam Smith then left in 5th, losing a 60:40 with AT v Kev’s JQ, a ten in the window but a queen down the chimney.
It was about this time that I became a bit too drunk to write coherent notes. My notes say:
“3rd Kev T9 v 77 PF”
Hmmm. Sorry chaps.
I do recall having a pretty big chip lead on both Kev and Paul. Blinds were quite high – 1500/3000 and they both had between 12k and 15k I think. Anyway on the button I open shoved with A3, Kev folded but Paul woke up with QQ which held and gave him a nice double-up.
Paul then knocked out Kev so going into heads-up Tod had about a 2-1 chip lead.
I don’t really remember much about the heads-up hands, except I think I lost every single one of them! I think there were a couple of genuine 3rd/2nd pair v higher pair hands but then I tried to run a big three barrel bluff with 64. Paul was having none of that though and shoved all in, forcing me to fold. He later said he didn’t have anything either but correctly read that I had nothing.
By this point blinds were 2000/4000 and so with 30-odd-k I shoved with 97. Paul of course had A7 and made the call. No 9 or weird straight appeared and Paul emerged as Premier League VI Champion!!!!
After a few previous 2nd places in the Premier League it was finally a well deserved victory for the final table stalwart. And perhaps even sweeter having scraped into the play-offs in 11th and then winning through to make it to the FT as the short stack.
After the match runner-up Tod said, “ [Paul] took me apart heads up like I was made of Lego!”
Paul summed it up himself afterwards, “Cracking night and a big thank you to Mark Rowbottom for dealing all night and for the fishenator for finishing it off. Finally a win in the live final ”
For his win Paul received $250 cash and a $250 seat.
Final positions and prizes were:
|1||Paul Foy||$250 and a $250 seat|
|4||Steve Healey||$76 (random)|
Following the event Captain Corilli got his mandolin out and said, “So Premier League Season VI is over and its congratulations to PAUL FOY on finally lifting the Title after THREE TIMES being Runner-Up in six seasons!…about time Sir!! In overall terms, Paul is now way ahead in career winnings, now standing on $2,967 won with Scouse on $2,418 and Brian on $1,980. Overall profit sees Paul on $1,363 with Scouse on $825 and Tod on $530. I will be taking names for Premier League VII soon and hope to start play in June.”
OK that’s all from me. See you next time. Lataz!