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Nov 15 2017

Tom Cawley wins Season 19 Week 1, Ricky Buckland 2nd, Jake Poxon 3rd

BCPC Season 19, Game 1– Friday 10th November 2017

After a pleasurable weekend for Tod and Mark cashing in the Walsall 25/25 series; An eagerness was “felt” to get back to the tables and kick off the first game of the new season.  As with first games nowadays this would incorporate the inaugural, highly anticipated bounty game meaning double bubble £20, but also double the fun as players tried to work out their calling equity based on not only chips in play, but the price on each other’s heads!  The new season also brings new hopes to players missing out on seats last year to push on further, whilst additionally providing last year’s winners an opportunity to show it wasn’t just a fluke LOL.  What with the efforts of both Tod, Mark (and Mooch over in Ireland) all cashing for the club, this had given many a player a freeroll in to this season’s games.  Cheers lads!

Tonight’s game

25 of the BCPC members for this season made their way down to the New Talbot in West Bromwich in their quest for glory and money!  We even managed to get a nice picture before we kicked off.  A big thank you to the 3 photo bombers too, we really wanted your mugshots to form part of our picture.  Now that’s £100 subs please 🙂

Just after 8 o clock and the action was already in full swing.  Hipkiss managed to pull 4 Jack’s out the bag for quads.  Being a Jack himself gave him a bonus 5 Jack high hand! Unfortunately Jack however hadn’t paid his poultry one pound to enter and for that had missed out on the £57 meaning it wouldn’t be a JACK POT tonight 😀 He muttered something about not being informed of a high hand on the night, but he’s been there long enough to know better.  Unlucky Jack, maybe next week!

Gaz Howards was doing what he does best, either taking down massive tournaments or going broke building his stack.  Unfortunately for Gaz it was the latter and by 8:15 he’d already bitten the bullet running his AK in to Marc Ward’s KK preflop.  No help from the community and Ward had picked up the first bounty of the evening.

Next to be eliminated would be Mark England being taken out by Nic Rawlings.  A good start for last year’s runner up.  It was a bit quiet on the update and image front for a while after, but noticeably as I peered across to the right; my eyes locked upon Amy Coshan’s miserable chip stack of 75.  She’d got it in with the hand of the night, (pocket Jacks) and found a call in Tod.  Amy would look to be in great shape as he turned over the pocket 10’s, but Tod somehow managed to spike a 10 leaving Amy with fumes.

From this point on there didn’t appear to be much help for the educator, but was there?  Amy had been smashed down to the point of the holy grail knight and with nothing to lose the games would begin…..

Next hand she pops in her 75 chips blind and finds a raise coming from Brian which left just the two in contention.  Brian turns over a solid looking AJ whilst Amy turns over a promising pair of 8’s.  What with the poker Gods making an effort to restore prior misfortunes, her 8’s hold and Amy quadruples up by way of Brian and a couple of blinds.

It was not to be the end for Amy at this point, oh no.  Sometimes it’s probably better just to play blind;  Coshan again shoves without a peak and the resist of the bounty placed upon her head was just too great for 2 others.  Lady luck once more bestowed upon her, a straight here-forth given and a triple up for her efforts.

Not quite content with this and with luck coming in threes;  Amy decided once more to lay down the all in without a peek and let the poker Gods decide her fate.  For this hand, on this day and at that precise moment, it would be foretold that her Ace would pair the board and slay not only pocket Queens, but Pocket 10’s to boot.

One final remark for now on the Amy show, she would be the demise of Liam by way of knockout.  Her AQ no match for Liam’s King/10 clubs.

Tony Trippier was that excited to be back playing poker at the BCPC he managed to spill his beer, what a waste of Guiness!

Tony Griffiths would be the executioner for former champ Matt McKinlay, and what a hand it was. Tony showing Ah Qd and McKinlay laying down the 2/4dd  all in preflop.  A flop of Kd10dQh would leave McKinlay with a flush draw and Tony with middle pair.  The Jack of diamonds appearing to seal it for McKinlay who had turned the flush however Tony needed another diamond, for a bigger flush, a 9 for a straight flush and an Ace(d) for the royal.  Ask and thou shalt receive, not quite a royal but good enough as the 9d fell sending McKinlay off in 12th place.

 

 

Final table:

First and foremost, a special mention to Jake Poxon for making it this far.  To be fair he had a lot of stick and had the shirt of shame to boot, but managed to come through it and find the final table so well done Jake.

What’s this final table lark?!!

The final table seemed to whittle down pretty quickly, here’s a round up of the action that was caught on the night:

Amy’s valiant comeback was finally over.  A cracking effort and big congratulations for making the final table; Mooch being the one to end the dream for week 1.  A/J vs Mooch’s KJ looked to put Amy in a great position, but as is poker a King on the flop and it was good night Vienna for Amy in 8th.

Mooch coincidentally would be the next to exit.  His pocket 10’s up against the A/J again of Cawley in what would be a classic coinflip. The slight favourite of Mooche’s 10’s however jist couldn’t hold and in the cruelest of ways; Runner runner for the straight and it was all over. A solid performance from a player that looked very well to be on tilt for such a slow turnover of hands whilst the game was sat on 2 tables.  (Apologies for that.)

Cromwell doubled up courtesy of Tony Griffiths from a part mad, part genius call.  Sensing that Tony was protecting his hand from a possible flush with 3 clubs on the board.  Matt decided to call the all in with the 2 of clubs hoping his read was correct.  It was and the 4th club came on the turn leaving Cromwell to sit back down for a little longer.

Tony found himself out in 5th place.  His QJ not pairing anything against Ricky’s 4/4  Nevertheless a good performance and some very well earned points on the board for Griffiths.

Next to bite the bullet would be Cromwell exiting in his highest position to date.  With the blinds going up and the beer clearly taking its toll he shoves with K/9 and instaregrets when he gets a call from Tom.  Pocket 2’s, a chip stack and a bounty in sight was enough to convince a CALL-ey.  No help for Matt on the community and that would leave 3.

 

 

Poxon had managed to go from a massive stack on the final table to a relatively small stack in part to a few bad beats.  The final nail in the coffin would be his A/8 against Cawley’s A/2.  Jake looked to be in great shape however it seemed to be a night of the underdog.  Tom hitting the straight off the flop.  With the 4 river pairing the board there was no chance of a split pot and a cracking performance by Jake had left him with a great start to the season.  He also managed to lose the shirt of shame for next game, YIPPEE!

 

That would leave the heads up between Ricky Buckland and Tom Cawley, with Ricky going for his 2nd win and Tom hoping to get his first as part of the BCPC.

On paper it looked as though Cawley should have smashed the heads up with his dominating chip stack and annihilation of the rest of the final table.  This is poker however and it wasn’t to be.  More of a preflop shove fest than post flop play, Buckland managed to get the upper hand early on, his A6 taking a nice double up from Cawley’s A5.

Cawley almost had it won there and then as he looked to be in great shape when his A3 was turned over to find Ricky’s 6/3.  It wasn’t to be however and Buckland spiked a 6 on the river.  Although a valiant attempt however by Ricky, Tom just managed to get his head over the line first and wrap up his first ever BCPC victory!  Well done that man!

Tom had to say this about the game.

“Just chuffed to get my first win and especially first one of the season feels like I have something to really play for now.”

We’ll played bud.  You certainly showed us!

Big thanks to Gaz Howard for dealing for most of the night after his early exit and well done to Tod who managed to clean up most the winnings and then some of the cashers by way of playing, well, cash!

 

Points on the night

Position

Name

Usual Points

1

Tom Cawley

15

2

Ricky Buckland

12

3

Jake Poxon

10

4

Matt Cromwell

8

5

Tony Griffiths

6

6

Chris Baker

5

7

Graham Gorton

4

8

Amy Coshan

3

9

Laura Rhoden

2

10

Brian Yates

1

As it stands after game 1… (Same as points on the night OBVS)

Position

Name

Usual Points

1

Tom Cawley

15

2

Ricky Buckland

12

3

Jake Poxon

10

4

Matt Cromwell

8

5

Tony Griffiths

6

6

Chris Baker

5

7

Graham Gorton

4

8

Amy Coshan

3

9

Laura Rhoden

2

10

Brian Yates

1

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

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

“Well! PokerStars Champs is on C4 at the moment. Coming to the end of Red Dwarf XII on Dave, which I’ve really enjoyed. And have started the documentary on Sky Atlantic on Spielberg’s career – am enjoying it so far. But the BIG news is the return of Detectorists on BBC4 – one of my favourite shows – can go from lol funny to deeply touching without ever being cheesy or saccharine. A lovely warm snuggly blanket of a sitcom.”

 Cheers Tod!

Remember to check out the calendar of upcoming games and events.  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 24th November 2017.  This is the one we’ve all been waiting for, maybe not, but it’s the tester for the new dealer pays the ante.  A format to match the DTD as a trial to see how it plays.  As discussed in the BiAGM the dealer will post the antes for the table and we will test it to see if it speeds the game up.  See you at the next game!

TARAA A BIT!