ligaz11 Poker in the U.K.
As we approach the end of the first week of March there has been no significant tournament action in the UK or Ireland to report on. But that’s about to change.
The big event for March is the eagerly anticipated British Open at the Vic in London, which will run from March 10th to the 16th. Most of the top UK and Irish players will attend and we expect healthy numbers of foreign players to also compete.
Napoleons Casino in Sheffield will host their March Festival from the 26th to the 28th and will feature 3 tournaments. Full details are also on our website.
We will of course bring you all the results here at PokerPages. The other big event is, of course, the hugely popular Poker Million 2003. Although it is an invite only event, it has generated great interest due to the fact that Sky Sports have been televising the six heats leading up to the final, which will be broadcast live on March 14th at 8:00pm on Sky Sports 1. Since our last newsletter heat 5 of 6 was televised with the last heat being televised on Friday 7th March at 10:00pm on Sky Sports 1 (with a repeat at 00:30am, and again on Sky Sports Extra at 06:30am on Saturday 8th). So I’ll take this opportunity to recap on events to date and give you the results of heat 5.
Poker Million 2003 Update
Already qualified from the first 4 heats are:
Heat 1 – Steve Davis (the professional snooker and pool player)
Heat 2 – Tony Bloom (who finished 4th in the inaugural Poker Million tournament)
Heat 3 – Bruce Atkinson (the colourful Elvis impersonator who is no slouch at poker)
Heat 4 – Guy Bowles (the man with 2 nicknames – “The Iceman” or “The Calculator”)
So on to Heat 5. The 6 players line-up consisted of:
Barry Hearn (the Executive Chairman of Matchroom Sport who are the promoters of Poker Million)
Barny Boatman – the amicable member of “The Hendon Mob” group of London based poker professionals
Eric Semel – An American cash game specialist looking to make it big on the tournament trail
Dave Colclough – A consistent player at making final table appearances
Carlo Citrone – Has made vast strides in the European Rankings and is a force to be reckoned with.
Joe Beevers – another member of “The Hendon Mob” – this should be interesting!
Barney Boatman Joe Beevers
When the dust settled, it was the experience of the two Hendon Mobsters, Barny and Joe, that prevailed as they ended heads-up against each other with almost equal chip amounts. Who would prevail when the immovable object met with the irresistible force? Pocket Kings proved decisive again, as they had done when Dave Ulliott found them against Steve Davis. Unfortunately in Dave’s case they were slain, when he tried to trap Steve with them and didn’t raise pre-flop. Steve made 2 pair on the flop with an ugly 7 3 in the hole and knocked Dave out.
However, this time the mighty Kings did what they were supposed to do to inferior hands. Barny, still reeling from losing a lot of chips to Joe as the favourite in the particular hand (Joe had gone all-in with 8 9 offsuit and Barney called with the Ace and Deuce of ligaz11 clubs, but Joe flopped an 8) decided the blinds were valuable enough to try steal with a weak hand. He shoved all-in preflop with 9 10 hoping to find Joe with rags he couldn’t call with. Barny’s sense of timing when steal-raising is usually impeccable, but this time he got it wrong. He found Joe with pocket Kings and Barny’s adams apple went into overdrive. The flop brought some hope when it came down 4 3 9. Another 9 or 8 would save him. The turn was a 6 and the river a disappointing Jack for Barny. It was all over and we’ll see Joe in the final next week. Congratulations Joe and well played. No doubt Barny will try make amends at the British Open this month, hoping to scoop a big prize to fuel a lifetime supply of Jaffa Cakes; his favourite nibble we hear!
Don’t forget to watch the final, live on March 14th, at 8:00pm on Sky Sports 1. It will be repeated at 00:30 hours that night, also on Sky Sports 1, and a second repeat will be shown at 06:00am on the Sky Sports Extra channel on Sunday 15th. I’ll give a full report in the next newsletter and also cover events as they transpire at the Vic.
Until next time, take care