So we got the first night off and three people now have seats at the Final Table in June. Congratulations to Thad Davis, Michael Padilla, and Kevin Swantkowski.
Kevin was actually the chip leader at the very first table and got overtaken by Thad at the end when they got heads up. I think he was a little bit red-faced about this so he resolved to play in the Second Chance game and ended up victorious after a heads up battle with Darryl Plaisance. Michael, on the other hand, stayed ahead of the blinds the whole time and managed to outlast Rick Daly in the end.
Results of the tables are as follows:
Table #1 (start time 04/13/05 7:15pm - 83 minutes) 1. Thad Davis 2. Kevin Swantkowsi 3. Juan Miranda 4. Mr G 5. Bryan Lane 6. Darren Preston 7. Junell 8. Kim Hock 9. Todd Graham (aka the "River Chief") 10. Michael Pinion
Table #2 (start time 04/13/05 7:15pm - 111 minutes) 1. Michael Padilla 2. Rick Daly 3. Hugh Ramsey 4. Charles Dunshie 5. Bill Dickson 6. Beau Ryan 7. Michael Robertson 8. Sal Garcia 9. Michael Marx 10. Hunter Cameron
Table #3 (start time 04/13/05 9:22pm - 128 minutes) 1. Kevin Swantkowski 2. Darryl Plaisance 3. Sal Garcia 4. Michael Wilson 5. Michael Marx 6. Mr G 7. Chris Morris 8. Todd Glazer 9. Delphina Espinoza 10. Beau Ryan
You will notice that each table lasted longer than the previous one. This is funny because after the fast blind structure caught up with some people during the first two tables, everyone was talking about how they "won't make the same mistake again" and were going to play faster when they took another shot. Instead, at the last table we ended up going three-handed into the next to last blind level and heads up into the final blind level where both blinds made up almost half of the chips on the whole table!
Well, keep in mind that if you can survive the fast blinds in the first round, the Final Table promises to be a lot slower. Whereas it might take a little luck to get to the second round, it's going to take a lot more patient poker skill to get to Vegas.
There are still plenty of seats for all of the remaining tournament dates. This Saturday, April 16, and next Thursday, April 21, are filling up fast, but as of right now, 0935 CDT on Thursday morning, there is still room if you want to sign up and take a shot. All of the dates are still open and if you can't make it this month there will still be more games in both May and June. Click on the blinking logo on the right to go to the main page and to get the information for signing up.
Finally, a quick 'thank you' to everyone who was patient at the beginning last night - I was running late and wasn't quite ready to start right at 7:00, but thanks to some key help from some people counting and bagging chips and setting up chairs we still managed to get started only 15 minutes later than we had planned. Also, thanks to Junell for opening up his home. Getting three tables out of the way makes it easier to schedule future dates which is going to go a long way towards keeping Mrs Johnny Mac happy.
That's all for now - good luck and keep trying!
UPDATE: Here are a couple more pictures from last night.