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Frank received an e-mail from Rob Gardner in Cardiff, Wales, in the latter part of May 1999, it was an invitation to participate in a game of no-limit Hold’em Poker Tournament called Late Night Poker 111; Cameras would be fitted under the table showing the players’ cards as also their faces when they peeked at the their cards.

Frank was excited about the prospect. Frank had heard from the players who lived in London that Late Night Poker had an attendance of more than million viewers every time, also they attracted new players into British Poker everyday. Eventually, after watching the game on Late Night Poker, the British viewers felt they too could play.

After some more communication with them via e-mail, Frank learned the system for the tournament and he submitted 1,500 Pounds (approximately $2,500 U.S.) buy-in to Rob Gardner and company. Surinder Sunar, David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot, who was the defending champion, Sir Clive Sinclair (the famous inventor), and Paul Alerman (the winner of Casino Baden’s 1998 European Championship) were amongst the forty-nine players invited to this event.

Frank wanted to know if they would consider letting his writing buddy Andy Glazer play in this event, but they refused on the grounds that as it is they had too many people wrestling to enter the event. The poker players obviously felt that they could become famous (or known, at the very least) in Britain, plus the tournament was adding 20,000 Pounds ($30,000) to the prize pool.

Late Night Poker is so popular in the U.K. that one of the commentators (Jesse May) for the show was asked for his autographs one night when he was sharing drinks with Frank at the Cardiff Hilton. Seven one-table satellites were used at the tournament, each taped, with seven players at each of them. The winner at each table would proceed to play at the final table.

The second position player from each table would play one more satellite; the winner would then proceed to join in at the final table as the eighth player. Each satellite would then be televised as a separate show. Frank played at 7:00 p.m., on 5th July 1999, which was a Tuesday. Though he flew to U.K. two days prior to the 5th, so he could rest for a couple of days, this made sense, since he flew all the way to Wales only for one event. Like Hell!

Frank departed from San Francisco at 9:00 a.m. on 4th July and reached Heathrow airport in London at 8:00 a.m. on the 5th with a stopover at J.F.K. He traveled to Cardiff by bus, which took him three hours, getting him there by 1:00 p.m. with no sleep at all throughout the journey! It was almost 1:30 p.m. when he checked into the Cardiff Hilton and eventually got into bed. At 5:00 p.m. the Late Night Poker transported the players to the venue from the Hilton.

Super! He’d flown halfway across the world and he only got to sleep for three hours, He knew that if went for a run just before the event commenced, he would feel energetic for the next five to six hours, thus he wasn’t worried. (He knew that although he hadn’t slept for three days in a row, running would perk him up for at least five hours). He had a backup plan as well.

He knew if he didn’t end up the poker winner or second in the event, he could fly to Milan, Italy, and watch his sister Kelly; she was racing for the Master Team Carpe Diem  (an Italian bicycle-racing team) in the Giro d’Italia stage race, (As it happened, she finished at roughly the 50th position. Kudos, girl!) AS a matter of fact, he was less nervous about his prospects that first night as he had the backup plan. Especially since Italy is known to be very beautiful in July.

He took a refreshing 30-minute run and was ready to go after a horrible three-hour sleep. The format of the tournament was such that the play would last about four hours, which is not at all bad for a seven-player no-limit Hold’em tournament. The format called for tight play, and he was playing an extremely tight and well-controlled game. He was pleased with the way he was playing, and he started to gather a large chip lead over the field.

During a particular hand, an aggressive player raised it up in late position when he was in the big blind with a pair of nines. Ordinarily, he thought he would have reraised right there, but after studying his opponent for a minute he had a strange feeling that he had a pair of Jacks. That’s when he decided to just call his raise. When the flop came down an Ace, a King and a six, he checked, after which he folded when he made a medium-size bet.

He figured he’d missed the chance to check-raise him off of his pair of Jacks on the flop (to bluff him out), instead he preferred to quit, and thus to show him just how tightly he had played his pair of nines in this five-handed game. If he had bothered to read him when he bet at the flop, then he could have sensed weakness and bluffed him out.

As an alternative, he flipped up the pair of nines and announced that he had a feeling that he Frank beat pre-flop. He proceeded to show Frank a pair of Jacks! Frank thought to himself it is fantastic; he confirmed the fact that he was reading people well that day. Frank wondered, if he had reraised him pre-flop: he might have ‘gone’ (literally too!) with this hand (played it all-in), and though he might still have hit a nine, he most likely would have been out just then.

That is to say, he was feeling like his reading powers were strong that day. As he went on to build up a big chip lead, things began going smooth and easy. In other words, he was playing as best as he could, and he was catching some cards too. When they reached heads-up (the final two, he had about 60 percent of the chips. Now that Frank was heads-up, there was no way he was going to Milan to watch his sister in Giro d’Italia.

The reason being that Frank had to play three nights later in the second position finishers’ tournament on Friday night at the very least. Then again Frank hoped he would win his event and qualify for Saturday’s final right away. Frank's limped in on the button with the Jack of diamonds and four of diamonds after a brief battle, to which his opponent raised with an Ace of hearts and Queen of hearts. Frank made up his mind that he would make a move, thus Frank announced that he was reraising him all-in. 

He called Frank quickly with his Ace of hearts and Queen of hearts, to which Frank said ‘Oops’. The flop was the King of diamonds, seven of diamonds and a two of clubs, so Frank had flopped a flush draw. Frank liked this flop. At this time Frank could flop him out if a diamond hit, which would complete Frank’s flush. The card at the turn was the seven, for The King of diamonds, seven of diamonds, two of clubs and seven of spades, so Frank needed a diamond, a Jack, or a four to win his table.

Frank now had two pairs, as the card at the river was the Jack of spades (Jacks and sevens) Frank was pleased with the card. He won the event, although it wasn’t in the manner in which he wanted. Frank had bet on the worst hand he’s been dealt and he gotten lucky. He’d rather win with the best hand; however, on the other hand, he played very well all day to put himself in position to ‘suck out’ (get lucky) when he was heads-up.

Finally he could get the much-needed rest, since the finals were scheduled for Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (at exactly the same time that Venus Williams was to begin her finals match down the road at Wimbledon). The eight players that finally advanced to the finals out of the starting 49 players were Paul Alterman, was at seat 1, Frank was on seat two ‘Mad Marty Wilson was at seat three, Mike Magee was at seat 4, Barney Boatman was at seat 5, Adam Keller was at seat 6, Korosh was at seat 7 and Mohammed Revri was at seat 8.

Every one-table event was telecast as an hour-long television program on Channel 3 in London. With Late Night Poker putting cameras beneath the table to show the hole cards, the British public was starting to notice the skill, beauty, and inherent drama in no-limit Hold’em. Fundamentally Late Night Poker is making poker popular in U.K! The European players told Frank that great numbers of new players were coming to the U.K. card rooms to play poker .

The channel could telecast the game of poker for ten-weeks, considering that they covered the celebrity event, the seven one-table events, the second-chance one-table event (for the second-position finishers), and the final as well. It goes without saying that the final was the jewel of the ten-week run. Approximately 1.7 million viewers tuned in on December 21, 1999, to watch the eight of them play for 50,000 pounds ($70,000) first prize. You could visit for more information on Late Night Poker III.

Korosh was verbally all over Frank when he arrived at the studio for the final, he was trying to engage Frank in some sort of.. who knows what. It appeared as though he was trying to attack Frank personally, instead of being amiable like all the others. Either he was just a little bit intimidated by the seemingly easy way that Frank had won his one-table event (and the fact that Frank was a World Champion), or perhaps he felt he could get Frank on the tilt by acting really strange towards him.

For some reason that Frank couldn’t comprehend; sometimes people were intimidated by him at the final table, perhaps that could be it. Either way, there was no way that Frank would have allowed his gamesmanship (whether intentional or not) affect him in any manner. Frank was used to people who took this tack against him many times in his life, and more often than not ends up hurting them, more so since everyone knew that this type of things is bad form.

It had been one hour since the final had begun when Frank on the verge of becoming one of the short stacks when he picked up a pair of Kings and raised the pot. Barney Boatman smooth-called Frank with a pair of nines in the big blind. With four of them taking the flop, it came a pair of eights and a three, and Frank bet out. Barney check-raised Frank most of his chips, and it took no time at all for Frank to decide that his pair of Kings was the best hand, and so he called with all his remaining chips.

Luckily, his pair of Kings held up for him to win a big pot, and he now had enough chips again. It had been a while into the final when Frank noticed that Paul Alterman was playing extremely good poker. Paul was playing very conservatively, not risking many chips in big confrontations. Currently, Paul was the poker EM champ (the European Poker Champion), and Frank observed that Paul knew what he was doing in no-limit Hold’em. It pleased Frank that Paul was seated on his right.

Let’s get back to the action. After Frank limped in with a King of hearts and the Jack of diamonds and the flop was the Jack of spades, the nine of spades and the two of spades, Korosh and Frank finally tangled up. Korosh moved all-in with the nine of hearts and five of spades when frank bet out on the flop. Frank studied for a long moment and decided that his King of hearts and Jack of diamonds was the best hand and called in his all-in move.

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