I was excited about travelling North up to Newcastle mainly because it was my first event representing Dusk Till Dawn. Satellites had been run online and as an added bonus Dusk Till Dawn were adding some generous bonus’s to anyone who qualified. Anyone making the Newcastle Final 9 got a £1100 seat to the DTD Monte Carlo (I think 9th got 2800 so a huge boost) and should you win you get a £5,000 VIP package to the ISPT.
We got six lucky qualifiers (I saw some em play J) were to join me in the Toon!
I contacted all the Qualifiers and informed them I would be down on the Thursday Night to take them for a drink. However only one took me up on this offer and it was a guy I knew called Kenny Burke from Chorley. A major let of for Rob, although between the two of us we did manage to consume a bit. (If you qualify next time don’t let him off so lightly, get yourself there early for the lash up)
After finding the rest of the players and sticking a Patch on them I sat down on my first table. On the table was a drunken kid, spilling beer on himself and generally annoying everyone around him. Nothing unusual, however it was only 1pm, and must have took some effort. He wasn’t even a Geordie! Turns out it was Latvian. After receiving threats to his physical well being from an adjoining table he eventually overplayed another hand and headed towards the cash tables. It was gonna be a good day for someone. A player next to me commented on him having 6 pints and hadn’t even gone for a piss, I wonder if he paid as much attention to the game.
After about 6 uneventful hours of very few cards I was eventually busted when I ran short stack and AT into AQ. I pondered over what to do next and elected to re-enter. It was a deepstack event and 30 big blinds still has a chance to make something happen. New table and fresh stack, things were much better and I finished the day on 170k and in good shape to make a run.
I was pleased to see 4 of the six qualifiers had survived along with myself to day 2 and it was looking good for one of them to pick up a little bonus. With about 60 people left (42 paid) I was sat with just below average stack with 180k when I get 55 in the cut off. I raise to 11k (blinds 2/4k) and the small blind reraises to 25k. I think about pushing but instead I decided to see a flop, I have position so I fancy being able to take it down on most flops. The board comes down 236 rainbow and my opponent leads for about 32k. This isn’t the worst flop for my hand and reraise to 80k, knowing im commited if he shoves. And shove he does! Oh well, I think, I cant be in that bad a shape, he probably has an over pair. Er NO! He has 45, Obviously!
I retire to the bar and join Derek Collison, a qualifier who too has recently busted and drown our sorrows together on DTD’s tab. Thanks guys.
Pleased to say both Matt Tyler (29th) and Andy king (15th) both made the money. Great effort from Andy who came back for day 2 too with about half the starting stack and just missed the final.
Qualifiers for the next leg of the Skalie tour start this week, and there will be 60 seats up for grabs so dont miss out.