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Autumn Season Finals

TBC 08/09/2017
Registration: 13:00 to 14:15
Start: 14:30

League Results

Name Weighted
Venue
Points
Zus Sadique 4800
Paul Moloney 3900
Claire Shekle 3000
Liam Reading 2900
Patrick Doherty 2800
Tom Hockaday 2800
Kev Cannon 2600
John Hand 2500
Rhys Sheckle 2100
Lorraine 2000
Pete Murray 2000
Mike Reading 1900
Vince Ferrante 1900
Nick White 1900
Colin Smith 1900
James Smith 1800
Lee Arnold 1800
Gary Murray 1800
Steve Redhead 1800
Dan Elmore 1700
Pete Crawley 1700
Kelly Smith 1700
Craig Miles 1600
Lisa Cameron 1600
Roxanne Hughes 1600
Bernard 1500
Danny Lismore 1500
Betty Smith 1400
Brian Frazer 1400
Pat Moloney 1400
Rory 1400
Eddie Lewis 1300
Robin Bruce 1300
Gary Morfett 1300
Sasha Gibbins 1300
Adam Harris 1300
John Yeldham 1200
Paul Dodd 1200
Ted 1200
Karen Mead 1200
Derrick Smith 1100
Mike Doyle 1100
Tony Clark 1100
Roy Boxall 1000
Ken Edge 1000
Paul Graves 1000
Alan Jones 1000
Tim Riley 1000
Alex Finnie 1000
Paul 1000
Graham Bartle 900
Liam McGarry 900
Patsy Smith 900
Smiley 900
Natalie Hughes 900
Scott Jackson 900
Lol Hutton 800
Lea Garner 800
Stuetina Hawkins 700
Kieran Kearns 700
Wayne Polson 700
Emma Shekle 700
Aaron Trokke 700
Jamie Lane 700
Dean Challenger 700
Lauran Ford 700
Steve Blackwell 600
David Tilcock 600
Matt Smith 500
Trish Louden 500
Martin Willis 500
Caroline 500
Grant Mitchell 500
Britney Holdworh 500
Jaydeen Macken 500
Jennifer Moloney 500
Will Little 500
Michael Donohoe 500
Hetal Mahida 400
Jim Hardisty 400
Ross Harvey 400
Alison Rogers 400
Leon Crowder 400
Jason Oodian 400
Glynis Boyce 400
Lee Davis 400
Keith 300
Mike Parr 300
Kev 300
Scott Reading 300
Mo Endres 300
Suzanne Gleeson 300
Elina Apse 300
Loraine Razey 300
Pete Cameron 300
Edwina 200
Kimberley 200
James Mystic 200
Ann Smith 200
Jay Allen 200
Spencer Scott 200
Britney Caldwell 200
Dave Lagar 200
Matt Freeman 200
Sam Milford 100
Phil W 100
Ian Lovering 100
Steve Jepp 100

 

Texas Hold'em Poker Rules

To determine who begins the game a single card is dealt face up to each player with the highest card will being nominated as the first dealer, if however seating is randomised this may not need to be done. The dealer position is indicated by a white plastic chip referred to as the 'button' or 'buck'. After each round of play known as a 'hand’ the dealer button rotates clockwise, this ensures that everyone gets to play in this and all other positions.

Pre-flop

Before the cards are dealt the forced bets must be made, these are known as ‘the big blind’ and ‘the small blind’. A bet is when chips are put into the pot for the first time in a round. The amounts of the bets and blinds are predetermined and the small blind is always half that of the big blind. The small blind position is always the seat to the left of the dealer and the big blind is the seat to the left of the small blind.

The dealer deals two cards known as 'pocket' or 'hole cards’ face down to each player clockwise and one at a time starting with the player on their left or the small blind. Once the cards are dealt the action begins with the player to the left of the big blind. This player must decide if they wish to call the current bet (the big blind, which is the highest amount bet at this point), fold their hand without betting if they don't like their cards or raise the bet by putting in more chips. Note that any raise must be a least double the size of the big blind or if a raise has already been made double the size of the previous bet. Each player starting with the player to the left of the big blind makes their choice in turn. If a player raises the bet each player must now call the new amount if they wish to remain in the hand including those who may have already acted or called prior to the raise or they may raise the pot yet further. If no player has raised prior the action reaching the big blind then the player in the big blind position may 'check' meaning they do not want to raise the pot further and wish to see a flop. It is important to note that if a player raises he may not raise again in that round unless he has been re-raised as opposed to called. The round of betting stops when all players have either folded or called the last raise.

Flop

The dealer 'burns' a card (which means they deal it face down and place it under the Dealer Button) and then deals three cards face up. This is called ‘The Flop’. These are the first of five community cards that all players can use along with their pocket cards to make the best poker hand in play. The standard poker hand ranks are used (they are printed on the back of the Membership Cards). The player in the small blind position (the first seat to the left of the dealer) is now 'Under the Gun' meaning they are first to act now and on every subsequent round of betting. They must make a decision as in pre-flop play but can choose to 'check' if they don't want to bet as no new chips have been added to the pot. Many experts advise players to stop here if they do not improve their hand as they have now seen five of the seven cards they will use. As with Pre-Flop the betting round only ends once all players have either folded or called any previous bet.

Turn

The dealer burns another card face down and then deals a fourth community card called ‘The Turn Card’ face up. There is another round of betting with the same rules as previous rounds, with the small blind seat being Under the Gun.

River

After a final burn card the dealer turns over the fifth and final community card called ‘The River Card’. There is one final round of betting and if more than one player remains in the hand a showdown will then take place.

Showdown

In tournament poker there are two reasons a showdown occurs.

The first would be when a player or players are called after The River Card, this could involve anywhere from two players to the entire table depending on how many have stayed in at this point. All players still in the hand show their cards starting with the last person to bet. At any point after this player showed his cards other players in the showdown may muck their hand, essentially conceding the pot but concealing their hand from other players. They are admitting they have been beat without having to show their cards. This strategy (mucking) helps keep the other players from learning you’re playing style such as if you bet heavy on two pairs or like to chase a flush.

The second reason a showdown will occur is when a player moves all his chips into the pot as a bet and is called. As soon as the call is made both players must show their hands and then depending on when the call in made follow stages of Flop, Turn and River.

The best five-card poker hand wins.

That is the essence of Texas Hold'em but there is plenty more to mastering the game to be learned along the way. Remember to ask your Tournament Director before the game for extra tuition on either the main rules as above or more complex strategies.