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Summer Season Finals

St John's Club, Luton 09/07/2017
Registration: 13:00 to 14:15
Start: 14:30

League Results

Name Weighted
Venue
Points
Emma Shekle 9200
Gary Murray 7900
Tim Riley 7300
Gabriel Dragan 7200
Steve Jepp 7100
Glynis Boyce 7000
Lorraine 6800
Suzanne Gleeson 6600
Lee Arnold 6200
John Hand 6100
Vince Ferrante 6000
Hetal Mahida 5800
Roy Boxall 5600
Pat Moloney 5300
Colin Smith 5300
Kev Cannon 5200
Pete Cameron 5000
Dean Challenger 5000
Gary Morfett 5000
Liam McGarry 5000
Jim Hardisty 4900
Pete Murray 4900
Paul Moloney 4900
Roxanne Hughes 4800
Liam Reading 4700
Trish Louden 4700
Paul Dodd 4500
Bernard 4400
Claire Shekle 4400
Kelly Smith 4400
Eddie Lewis 4300
Steve Blackwell 4200
Lol Hutton 4100
Ross Harvey 4000
Adam Harris 3900
Loraine Razey 3900
Lee Davis 3900
Caroline 3900
Craig Miles 3800
Sam Milford 3800
Graham Bartle 3800
Betty Smith 3800
James Smith 3700
Martin Willis 3700
Ken Edge 3400
Scott Reading 3400
Leon Crowder 3300
Aaron Trokke 3300
Elina Apse 3200
Rhys Sheckle 3100
Jaydeen Macken 3000
Paul 2900
Derrick Smith 2900
Mike Doyle 2800
Alan Jones 2800
Lauran Ford 2700
Karen Mead 2700
Sasha Gibbins 2600
Natalie Hughes 2600
Steve Redhead 2600
Nick White 2500
Ian Lovering 2400
Stuetina Hawkins 2400
Brian Frazer 2400
Spencer Scott 2300
Danny Lismore 2300
Rory 2300
Daniel Wilfort 2100
Patsy Smith 2100
Tony Clark 2000
Unregistered Player 1900
Paul Graves 1900
Mike Parr 1700
Britney Holdworh 1600
Robin Bruce 1500
Ted 1400
Jamie Lane 1400
Kev 1300
Paul Ibbotson 1300
Tony Mc 1300
Tom Hockaday 1100
Chris Larkin 1100
Britney Caldwell 1100
Jack Wilfort 1000
Wendy O carroll 900
Mo Endres 900
A Hearn 700
Shaun 700
Les Medford 700
James Mystic 700
George Murdoch 700
Paul Lumley 700
Henry Allan 700
Sandy Shekle 700
Gavin Hines 600
Dan Elmore 600
Jay Allen 600
Ann Smith 500
Florin Calaroi 500
Dan Edney 500
John Yeldham 500
Kevin 500
Evans Akoneah 500
Neil Newland 400
Geoff Steele 400
Kimberley 400
Pete Crawley 400
Smiley 400
John Manners 400
Andy Vass 400
Ovi T romainian 300
Ovidiu St Johns 300
Tony Macavoy 300
Tom Sutch 300
Lisa Cameron 300
Avideu 300
Dan 300
Daniel Flynn 300
Michael Donohoe 200
Dave Taberner 200
Matt Smith 200
Phil W 100
Mark Squires 100
Robie Mccalum 100
Laura Hale 100
Gary Baxter 100
Ivan Hawkins 100
Bogdan 100
Kevin Hancock 100
Scott Jackson 100
Ryan Salmon 100
Mark Hanley 100
Henry Steele 100
Will Little 100
James Jones 100
Lewis Chandler 100
John Musty 100
Paul (Bubbles) Williams 100
Fra McCann 100
Graham Smith 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.