Local cream rises to top

Local cream rises to top

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Edinburgh players experience some success at the tournament with one in particular catching the eye of commentator Jesse May.

The arrival of a UKIPT tournament caused a huge stir in Edinburgh and local players have greeted it with a huge amount of enthuaism. Local player Adam Small , who finished 25th , had said at the beginning of the tournament that he felt like "a kid at Christmas". David Docherty , from Coatbridge , who cashed at the WSOP in London , and had got plenty of television coverage during the event , has plenty of experience on both the UKIPT and EPT tour. "It's brillant being able to play an event like this in Scotland" he enthused "but it's also a bit weird". "Usually I wake up in a strange hotel room after playing but here I can get the train home and sleep in my own bed".

Young Edinburgh player James Rann is exemplary of how a tournament such as this is hugely important to the development of the game in Scotland. James got knocked out yesterday in 14th place , openly winning admirers such as Jesse May in the process. "I thought the kid played great" said Jesse , " I never knew what he had". James confesses that he found the tournament challenging but a hugely enjoyable and thought provoking one. " I was forced into difficult decisions all the time" he explained" there were no easy chips to be won".James feels that the experience of this tournament has encouraged him to be confident about his game but also given him food for thought. "I was way too passive at the end" he lamented " I was pretty card dead but on reflection I still missed some good spots". A successful online cash player James is now determined to further his live tournament play , he plans to go to Dublin next month. Extending the Edinburgh sucess story Mary Martin , APAT player , has reached the final 11 today and has high hopes of making the final table.

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