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December 2018 news

Four way split in 2018’s final tournament

The blinds had reached 15k/30k with an average stack of 140k with no clear chip leader on December 30. Catherine Diffey, Claire Newman, Ken George and James Winfield agreed to chop the pot four ways. We also welcomed two new players to the arena, Joe Coghlin was our bubble and Phil Tyas had a good couple of hours play.


Happy New Year to our poker community. Here’s looking forward to a great 2019.

Ho Ho Hold’em jingles well for Jonno

Our pre Christmas gathering was a cracker. The heads up was a short affair between The Vulture and Barry Leadbetter. In third was Catherine Diffey, who had dispensed appropriate treatment to Joe Winter in the early stages and our bubble girl was Jill Armstrong.

AJ against A6 was the last heads up hand of December 10, with James Trotman crushing Milo Lopez when a Jack flopped in the first card and again on the turn. This was only James’s second visit to us, also cashing in his first last week, when he came third. A player to watch. In third was Peter Burdett and Catherine Diffey was our bubble girl.

Ryan Parker’s tactics strike again

December 3 saw yet another win for Ryan, a few weeks after his return to our tables (which also bagged a first place).


The heads up was a brief affair of about six hands against Rosario Graziano with third going to new player, David Trotman.


Our bubble girl was Max Brown.


Ryan’s aggresive raising strategy put him in good stead from the start, but he needed to dig deep in the early phase of tp table to stay in the running.

We’ve waited a long time for it, but Tim Kent, occasional Phoenix Pub Poker player, has released a video of his poker song on YouTube. The song writer and guitarist’s number can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wilAuRjnYcE Will it be Christmas Number One?

Tim’s Poker Pot of Gold hits YouTube

James Trotman gets his first victory

No shame in The Doyles for Catherine!

A hesitant bet from Barry Leadbetter (holding AK) stimulated Catherine Diffey to push with the Doyles (T2) in the final hand of our December 17 event. A two on the flop held good! There were three women in the final four, but Sandie Cresdee bubbled with Max Brown taking third. A somewhat random evening on table one, with Kit Hinton’s Aces being beaten by Joe Winter’s low straight on hand one, causing a reload followed shortly by a Kit bust out, trying to bluff Barry Leadbetter off a large pot. Both of the table’s stations had been gifted the licence to call.