888 Poker Open London

I am staying at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Sunday night 888 Poker picked me up and took me to Maidstone in Kent where we played a friendly sit and got with the locals in our hotel. Around 12 I went to bed and in the morning drove down to Maidstone Studios for the heat.

Barney Boatman was in the 2 seat, I was in the 3, and Warnie was in the 4. I knew it would end up with the three of us fighting this heat out. Barney started off taking complete charge of the heat and had over 50% of the chips when we lost the first player. I was playing terrible while Barney was playing the best I’ve ever seen him play.

I did get away from a hand that would have crushed me but at the time I didn’t know I couldn’t win it. I really thought Barney bluffed me because he said he bluffed me. I had Q-9 on a board of Q-8-8-4-5. I folded to Barney’s bet and when he said he had a flush draw at the end of the hand, I was steamed. I found out later by visiting MatchPokerRoom (MatchRoom is Barry Hearns company and does all the filming for these events) that Barney had A-8 and had me. I am very happy I was able to make that lay down.

Thinking that Barney had bluffed me gave me the kick I needed. I got very aggressive and passionate about winning, and luck is always welcome too. I started reraising Barney and got the Tony G game going. While I was doing the Tony G verbal on him, I won a close race against him and that got him very well tilted up. All the wheels were off and I took all of his chips in 20 minutes.

When that happened I was left heads-up with my hero Warnie. I was fortunate enough to win the heat and now am in the final.

Warnie is a genuinely fun, top bloke. He gave me a lift back to London in his car and I had the opportunity to really visit with him and get to know more about him. I am really impressed with how smart he is and I think he’s probably the smartest sports star in the world. He is going to be a top poker player.

I had so much fun today. I will be playing Thursday in another semi. And Warnie goes into a second chance turbo to get into the semi; I hope he wins so we can both play the semi.

It’s going to be a long run of poker, when this ends I’ll be getting ready for the Ladbroke’s Premier League.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram
Share on email
Share on print

recent posts