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Adobe London Poker Tournament III – RESULTS

The results are in and so are the photos. The event went even beter than last time, with a larger turn out again. Adobe did quite well, outlasting me anyway, but unlike last time they didn’t make it to the final table. I got lots of very positive feedback from the players. Everyone seemed to enjoy this one even more than the previous ones, which is great for everyone (it means the next event will be even more subscribed). Not really surprising when you consider that for no more than a train fare you get free beer, free event, free poker tuition and big Adobe software prizes, tickets to Max in Milan, the tournament champion’s bracelet and to socialise and network with some amazingly well known and talented peers.

A lot of the positive feed back was for the general enjoyment of the event and of either playing or learning poker for the first time, but there were a lot of players who told me they’d met peers who had solved professional problems they’d been working on, or they’d made strategic alliances and one of my regulars (God, I sound like a prozzi) was even made two offers of work last night. There’s a certain level of comradery starting to build up at the events.

A new and interesting thing happened last night. A large number of the regulars have been asking me to arrange cash games. Adobe sponsor this event in the spirit of freedom : free event, free networking, free exchange of ideas. It’s one of the reasons that Adobe software is so good – they support and encourage their communities to take ownership and invest their passion by giving them platforms from which to do so. This passion and ownership gets reinvested back into the products through such networking opportunities. It’s a beautiful thing baby. But I digress, they do not support cash based betting and this has always been outside the scope of the way Adobe want these events run. However, last night a few people got together when we were down to about the last 20 and asked one of the dealers to deal them into a £5 sit n’ go. For the novices amongst you, this means that every one pays £5 to sit and play. At the end, the last 2 on the table split the pot about 70/30. There’s no big risk, you can’t buy back in so you can’t loose more than £5 and you get a taste of real poker – the buzz of winning more than you’re risking or loosing everything you’ve gained in real $ terms. This proved to be very popular and I think we ended up running 3 sit n’ go tables for 2 or 3 games.
The event was held at the Loose Cannon Poker Club near Cannon Street once again. The staff were brilliant, patient and very helpful as usual, the management had any issue resolved immediately and Roy (our PJ – Poker Jockey) kept the players in place and entertained, and the tournament on schedule to the minute. A huge thank you to all the club’s excellent staff.
So, before we get to the hall of fame, let’s take a look down the wall of shame. The first 7 players who were ejaculated from the tournament were :

1. Barry Shaw (who I know for a fact had made it to the final table of a tournament the very night before)
2. Dan Wood
3. Richard Leggett
4. David Elstob
5. Irvin Suntokee
6. Julian McCrea
7. Tom Cole

Now I know what you’re asking: There are always 10 losers who are named and shamed, however, I gave the job to a junior who hasn’t been with Adobe that long and, well, I’m afraid he wasn’t up to the job 😉 If you come along next time, I will be putting more emphasis on the first 10 out being shamed (it’ll give you a feel for real poker when you feel like you have something to loose).

The last 10 on the final table finished in the following positions:

1. Nabil Khan – WINNER
2. Jolyon Russ
3. Ben Goode
4. Robert Thurston
5. Matt Conn
6. Jens Meijer
7. Robert McCardle
8. Byron Manley
9. Tomas Vorobjov
10. George Bridgeman

And finally, a couple of special mentions.

Robert Thurston, who came in 4th on the final table…for 2 events in a row! Don’t think I haven’t noticed ya’ shark ;). Statistically you are the best performing player at all of our tournaments.

George Bridgemen – who put me out (I take comfort from the fact that I know where he lives, uh, no, I mean, I take comfort from the fact that I have been put out in the last 2 tournaments by players who made it to the final table).

The agencies and companies who turned out in force. AKQA, bSkyb and Gala. There may have been other agencies represented in numbers last night, so if you were then let me know as I’m thinking of having some kind of agency/company poker smack down tournament where you can play for the pride of your agency/company. Possibly a tag team event and you can wear your company’s Tshirts. We’d change the prize format etc as well. More on that later.

In closing I’d like to say to everyone who came a big thank you. I had a fantastic time myself. It’s hard work setting these events up but I get to play loads of poker and my peers are some of the nicest and most skilled people you could hope to have in any industry. See you all at the next one (by which time I’ll have the blog transferred properly from Flashcoder (I really should be posting on Flash, AS3, AIR etc and I’ve neglected it) to the site.

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