Gala Casinos Poker Tour - Bristol Day 2 - Final

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It's goodnight from us

Another very enjoyable GCBPT poker tournament has come to an end, as always a very friendly affair played in great spirit despite the very significant prize money to be won. Congratulations to Neil Blatchley our champion and thank you to all of the excellent Gala staff for their help throughout the tournament.

A mention must also go to Rod Buckman who won 2 and final tabled in the other of the 3 side events at the festival.


Neil Blatchly wins!!

Neil Blatchley takes the prize for the 2008 GCBPT Bristol.

In the final hand, Marcus Farthing moves all in for his recently-reduced 200K stack with A T and is called instantly by Blatchly’s A 7

The flop of 2 K Q offer no help for Blatchly and neither does the turn card of 8

But the 7 on the river give Blatchly the trophy, the seat in the final and £34,750* first prize money.

*after the deal between the final 2 where both took £30,000 and played for the remainder and the trophy.

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All but game over

On a flop of T 8 4 Marcus on the button bets 50,000 and is called. The turn is a 7 and Marcus again bets, 70,000, there’s a reraise from Neil and Marcus moves all-in. Neil shows 5,6 for the straight, Marcus has K,6. The river is another 4.

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Heads up counts

Marcus is on 1.34 million and Neil 1.15. Given the deal made it’s likely to be a short heads up though.

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Deal made

They’ve agreed to take £30,000 each and play for the remaining £4750 and the title, plus the grand final seat.


Dempsey out in third place

Dempsey raises to 35k extra on top of the 20k big blind, Blatchly re-raises 108k more, Dempsey moves all in.

Blatchly insta-calls and tables A Q and Dempsey shows A 2

Board comes 4 9 T 7 Q

Dempsey goes out in third place for £16,000

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Marcus doubles up James

Marcus raises all-in from the small blind with Q7 and James Dempsey has an easy call A J in the big blind. He hits trip aces and is very much back in the game.

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Marcus raises from the small blind....

Michael Punn calls 20,000 more in the big blind. The flop is K 5 7 Both check. The turn is 3 and the chips go in. Marcus shows K T and Punn 5,6. The river is 2 Michael Punn is out in 4th and the short stacked James Dempsey is generously offers an even chop. The offer is refused.

Michael Punn takes £10000 for fourth.

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The Neil and James show continues

They have been going at each other all evening and this time it’s Neil who comes out on top. James Dempsey raises on the button and Neil moves all-in for 286,000 more and is called. James shows A9 and Neil has 88 – the race is on. The flop is T J 5, the turn brings an ace to send James Dempsey into the lead, Neil hits one of the two 8s left on the river though to double through to over 600,000.

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Vedhara - Out

In a 3-way pre-flop raising war, Rickie Vedhara moves all in and elicits a call from Blatchley. Farthing, sat one after Blatchly and has Blatchly covered in chips, immediately re-raises all in.

After a long dwell, Blatchly folds.

Farthing tables A K and Vedhara, who has played an excellent game throughout the tournament, shows 9 4

The board runs 2 8 T 5 5

Vedhara is out in 5th place for £6500.

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