So yeah I made a short notice decision to travel north & support the Leeds leg of the CBMPT, I haven’t really bothered following the UK circuit this year mainly because I can’t be arsed with the travelling. In hindsight it probably wasn’t the wisest decision as I already had a busy schedule with forthcoming festivals in Newcastle, but there was a few of deciding the factors;
- Circus £75 Tournament Cancelled
- Alcohol Detox
- NPF Large Presence
- Travel Short(ish)
- World Cup Showing England Match
- Weather Terrible
For the record I’m not an alcoholic just taking a break from drinking after returning from Asia, this factored into my decision because I can’t go out with friends on the weekend. We arrive approximately 14:30pm enough time to get a late lunch & catch up with friends before the cards go in the air, I’m drawn T2-S4 with a host of recognizable faces including NPFer Sam James (1), Bristol CBMPT main event runner up Tom Fielding (6) & fellow blogger Steve Holden (8).
Anyway I guess this summary is more of a synopsis of what was a great night as I managed exactly one orbit in the tournament, I already contested 3/7 of the pots when;
AA vs. Steve Holden KK: 25/50 “20,000” (I come in out front UTG for 125 which get’s flatted in one spot before Steve Holden pumps it up 600 & it’s folded around to me. I know Steve isn’t 3BETing light here & narrow his range to QQ+/AKs so deliberate for a short time, looking to disguise the strength of my hand before making it 2,000. Steve then 5BET’s it up to 5,000 & by now he’s priced in to call my shove which naturally is AA vs. KK. King straight in the window as the board runs Kxxxx, I shake Steve’s hand & wish the table good luck as I head to the rail.)
I headed over to the bar to catch the second half of Argentina vs. Nigeria with my good friends Steve Wills & Scotty Hocking, neither of which bothered to play. I had a great laugh as I got on the Stella Artois with Scotty (so much for my detox, sigh) & although working AWOPer Phil ‘The Tower’ Heald joined us for a few, so between the four of us we had a great laugh.
Time seemingly flew by as before I knew it the tournament had broke for buffet & the 19:30 kick off between England vs. USA, at which point I was pretty well served. Teessiders Paul ‘Swampy’ Gardener & Dave Maudlin opened a book offering like-for-like Ladbrokes odds, so I quickly got £20 on Wayne Rooney 1st goal about 30 seconds before Steven Gerrard made it 1-0, oh well that bet was shorter than my tournament not even a sweat.
Shortly after NPFers Sam James & Steve ‘Sensh’ Gibson bust out so we have a few more drinks in the casino whilst playing a little 100PLO before heading into city centre to get on it, were joined after a couple of hours by Adam Matues & Neil Harvey who have also bust out the tournament. Right by now guys I’m absolute wasted so bear with me in my vague recollection of the night, but from what I can gather Scotty, Sensh, & I decided to head to Blu Bambu strip club with the others staying in the bar. Scotty went for a private dance & after waiting a minimum of an hour we had no idea where he’d getting to, so Sensh & I decided to head back to Gala casino for some 100NL action. I have no idea what time we arrived but I didn’t leave until the table broke at 7:00am, it was great crack with Jamie Dale, Neil Harvey, & Steve Gibson all playing & all drinking. I apologies for my drunken profanities to the others at the table but rest assured my heart is pure guys & it’s all meant in good spirit, so yeah to top off a great night I left the table with just shy of £700 & made approximately £500 profit so almost recouped my tournament buy-in.
I headed back to the hotel which is a short 5 minute walk from the casino & got some breakfast with Mark before getting on the road for around 8:00am & in Newcastle for late morning. Mark Trett recounts his tournament;
“CHECK BACK SOON GUYS”
Just as I finish writing this both Ross ‘roscopiko’ Johnson & Paul ‘swampy’ Gardener are in the final five & guaranteed £2,420 but both are brilliant blokes & I hope their both are involved in a split, so keep it up guys & I hope your luck holds for the business end of the tournament. Moving on & both Mark & I will be playing the opening £50 (+£5) event over Aspers on Wednesday evening before Mark flies off to Tenerife for a well earned break, whilst he’s out the country I will be flying the FTP flag alone in the main event on Saturday afternoon. I know this has been poorly organised/advertised festival but I for one hope this is well attended as we in the North East are starved off decent buy in tournaments, so try & get down to support that guys.
Good Night, Good Times, Good Memories
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