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Something went wrong last week. I actually won a few bob on the golf course and at the poker table. While I’ve been having a decent enough year punting wise, to actually win playing golf and at poker was a totally new experience for 2014.
The golf was good fun. Druid’s Glen was the venue for two days with Marty, Hanlon and Paul Spillane. Fantastic weather and both courses were in mint condition.
The highlight was the day one four ball, with six to play, Paul and myself were four down and the lads trading 1.01. By the 18th we lead by one but Paul still needed to hole a 40 footer to secure the victory. It’s was a putt I’m sure will be remembered fondly and its length increased down the years. Poor Tom was gutted and he only shot 42pts that day to boot.
After the golf it was off to Cork for the Irish Classic and a change of crew. Messrs Carr, Murray, Fintan and Gilly were the planned company for the weekend. Amazingly four of us made the final table.
My starting table was tough, lined up to my left were, Ivan Tononi, Derek Murray, Chris Dowling, Patrick Clarke and to my right that check-raising machine Big Al.
Over the day I made three hands playing suits and luckily enough coolered peps each time, ending the day on 80k from 25k starting.
Day two started badly losing 40% of them in pre with Queens to Gavin Stevens’s boots. The day went well after finishing on 240k although at times I must admit to feeling a bit of a spectator to some very impressive youngsters. Corks Ryan brothers, Tadhg and JR were bossing it, Alex ??? from Carlow looked unstoppable for long periods and towards the end of the day Gilly amassed chips like a force of nature.
I got a big double late in the day coolering Fintan. I flopped top pair with KQ in the BB from Fintans button open, he turned a gutshot holding J2os, the chips were always going in. He did ask how could you call and I gave the standard “how could I not” reply.
The day ended abruptly shortly after this when we lost a player at the same time on each table, so no money bubble. The structure for the tournament was fantastic, it was a bit surprising for all involved that we reached the final nine before 10pm. The rest of the evening was spent in a manner that would be unusual by participants in the modern game on the eve of a final table.
There was a great line up for the final, Gilly, Derek Murray, Piper Tim, The Coo, Fintan, and JR among the nine. It played out in a nice relaxed atmosphere with much banter. I never really got going and went out in 5th for €4,500, exiting to ultimate champion Mr Gavin’s QQ for my last 20 bigs holding AQ, he asked how I could call.
All in all a super tournament, well done to Fintan who played a stormer, also Connie, TD Donal and all the staff at the Macau. Hopefully this tournament is on the way back to its once lofty perch, it certainly played that way over the weekend.
This week it’s JP’s mini WSOP festival at the Village Green Card Club. The main event kicks off Friday but there a nice schedule of events running from today Tuesday the 16th. I’ll definitely play the main and may nip up one of the evenings.
With the IPO Dublin a little over a month away the satellites are getting huge numbers on the Boylepoker client each night now. It really does look like it could be record numbers for the Regency this year. You can even qualify for FREE through our Daily Live Event Freerolls!