UK Student Poker Championships – High Roller Day 1

IMG_3124Today saw not only Day 1b of the UKSPC Main Event, but also Day 1 of the £110 High Roller too. As soon as I went down to the other end of the casino to check out the High Roller, there was only one table making any noise. Unsurprisingly, it was the one with the pitcher sitting next to it.

The pitcher was sat next to Lee Richards of Aston University. If there was a line between something being verbally binding and something not, he definitely knew where that line was.

It all started when he snap four-bet a 3x open from the player to his left. For the time I had been stood there he had been fairly active, showing utter nonsense hands to both players and railbirds alike. In this hand Harry Hazelwood from Kent cold-called the fourbet, and so did the initial raiser, Jack Moore of Strathclyde.

The flop was 7h3h6c and Jack bet out for roughly half pot, and Lee and Harry both called. On the Qd, it was checked around, and the river brought the 2s. Again, it checked around. Jack was first to show, showing AdKd for Ace high. Lee was next, revealing a solitary 6d before being forced by the dealer to show the second card, the 8h. Harry smiled, before turning over 6h9h and winning the hand. Lee clapped his hands “This is cool, I like this.”

A few hands later, and after showing me 74o before calling a 3bet, he snap-shoved his open ender into four players on the flop. It got through, and he showed the hand.

However, all good cameos have to come to an end, and the same has to be said for Lee. As he took a sip from his pitcher, four people limped into Lee’s big blind, who immediately raised. All of the limpers called, and the flop was TsQdJh. Lee opted for the minimalist approach, betting just 100 into a pot of over 3k.

The player from UCLU called, before Charlie Parker from Glasgow raised to 1125. Lee snap-shoved, the other player got out of the way and Charlie called.

Lee showed ThQs for two pair but was behind to Charlie’s AsKh. “Queen, give me a Queen!” he shouted, but no help came and Charlie took the remainder of Lee’s chips.

However, there is an up-side. He had roughly half the pitcher left to drink.