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Neil Channing Wins Himself an Early Birthday Present

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This weekend, Black Belt Poker headed to Newcastle’s Aspers Casino at Westfield for the latest incarnation of its live event. The £180+£20 buy-in tournament attracted 65 players and it was Black Belt Poker’s founder Neil Channing who outlasted them all and scooped the £3,650 first place prize.

The money bubble burst on Sunday afternoon when William Wharton’s {3-}{3-} could not stay ahead of Ji Woliane’s {A-}{3-}, leaving only nine players in the tournament, all of whom were in the money.

Colin Turbull was the first finalist to bust, his {A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} failing to come from behind to crack the {J-Spades}{J-Clubs} of Dean Aldred. A board reading {K-Hearts}{4-Spades}{7-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} sealed Turbull’s fate.

Turbull was followed to the rail shortly after by David Woodward who shipped his stack into the middle of the felt with a hopeful {Q-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} and was snapped off by Paul Lamonby and his much stronger {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}. A king on the turn meant Woodward was heading for the cashier’s desk.

Seven became six with the exit of Daniel Scott. Like Woodward before him, Scott pinned his hopes on queen-rag, the {Q-Clubs}{5-Hearts} to be exact and was in terrible shape against the {A-Spades}{A-Clubs} of Channing. Scott flopped a queen, but by the river the board read {J-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{9-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} and Channing’s aces remained intact.

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A cooler of a hand claimed the tournament life of Woliane to leave the final table with only five players. All of the chips went flying into the middle of the felt with the first three community cards –{4-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{8-Clubs} – on show and when the active players’ cards were flipped up, it was easy to see why. Woliane showed {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts} for bottom set and was in a world of pain because Lamonby held {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} for middle set. Woliane received no help on the turn or river and busted in sixth place.

Aldred crashed out in fifth place shortly after losing all but a handful of chips when his {10-}{10-}lost a flip against Andy Brisland’s {A-}{Q-}, then the rest of his stack went in with {Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and lost to Channing’s pocket tens, which flopped a set to add insult to injury.

Next to be eliminated were Brisland – who you may recall won a brand new Audi a few weeks ago – and Tristan Chaplin, which set up a one-on-one battle between Channing and Lamonby. Chaplin and Brisland were sent to the rail in the same hand, the chips going in on a {7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} flop, Brisland holding {K-Clubs}{J-Clubs}, Chaplin {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} and Channing the {A-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. A {6-Diamonds} turn and {7-Hearts} river kept Channing’s hand the best and sent him into heads-up with a four-to-one chip lead.

That lead proved to be too much for Lamonby to claw back and when Lamonby’s {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs} found itself up against Channing’s dominating {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} the writing was on the wall. The five community cards fell {9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{5-Spades}{6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}, locking up the victory for Channing one day before his 21st 46th birthday.

Black Belt Poker Newcastle Results

1stNeil Channing£3,600
2ndPaul Lamonby£2,630
3rdTristan Chaplin£1,575
4thAndy Brisland£1,050
5thDean Aldred£815
6thJi Woliane£700
7thDaniel Scott£585
8thDavid Woodward£465
9thColin Turbull£230

Data courtesy of the Black Belt Poker Newcastle Facebook page.

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