£5 Million Guaranteed MILLIONS UK Heads to Dusk Till Dawn

Nottingham hosts world-famous poker tournament from September 29th – October 7th MILLIONS UK returns for Season 2 of the partypoker LIVE tour and brings with it a massive £5 million guarantee following the success of the first MILLIONS event held at Dusk Till Dawn Casino. Poker players from all over the world can win their […]

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Introducing the new Dusk Till Dawn flexible satellites

Players at partypoker will, from March 25th, be able to compete in new satellites that award “DTD£££” instead of the more traditional prize of tournament seats, giving you more flexibility when it comes to choosing which live poker tournaments you want to play. When you win some DTD£££, the GBP currency is assed to your […]

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Chris Brice triumphs in the UKPC Main Event for a £187,500 score

Chris Brice triumphs in the UKPC Main Event for a £187,500 score

Chris Brice became a poker champion on February 25th as he was the last man standing after four days of intense action in the partypoker LIVE UK Poker Championships Main Event at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham. UK Poker Championships Main Event Final Table Results Place PLayer Prie 1 Chris Brice £187,500 2 Daniel Clark £115,000 […]

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Steven Morris crowned UK Poker Championship SHR champion

Steven Morris crowned UK Poker Championship SHR champion

Steven Morris may not be a household name in poker circles but it may pay to commit his name to memory because he has just been crowned the 2018 partypoker LIVE UK Poker Championships Super High Roller champion. 2018 partypoker LIVE UK Poker Championships Super High Roller Results Buy-in: £5,000+£300 Guarantee: £200,000 Entries: 40 Prize […]

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Introducing the partypokerLIVE UK Poker Championships

Dusk Till Dawn is gearing up to host the 2018 partypokerLIVE UK Poker Championships, a nine-day poker festival in Nottingham, which features a £1,100 buy-in Main Event with a £1 million guaranteed prize pool. Live Day 1s for the UK Poker Championships Main Event shuffle up and deal on Wednesday 21st February and Thursday 22nd […]

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Play for a share of a guaranteed $500,000 in the DTD 1000

One of the most popular tournaments that runs across both partypoker and live at Dusk Till Dawn is the weekly DTD 200, a £220 buy-in tournament boasting of a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool. Launching later this month is the big brother of the DTD 200, namely the DTD 1000. As the name suggests, the DTD 1000 […]

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Robertas Gordonas Crowned Grand Prix UK Champion

Robertas Gordonas Crowned Grand Prix UK Champion

Until this weekend, the only live tournament cash on the Hendon Mob page of Robertas Gordonas was a fifth-place finish in a £110 buy-in event which netted him £580. Now Gordonas has a £150,000 score to brag about after he triumphed in the £1 million guaranteed partypoker LIVE Grand Prix UK. partypoker LIVE Grand Prix […]

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Side Events Added to MILLIONS Schedule – Now Over £8M Guaranteed!

Dusk Till Dawn is the place to be this April if you are a fan of big names and big guarantees on poker tournaments, because running alongside the £6 million guaranteed partypoker MILLIONS event are several side events that help boost the combined guarantees of the festival past the £8 million mark. The MILLIONS features […]

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Team Up With Poker Buddies for the MILLIONS Team Challenge

Back in October 2015, Dusk Till Dawn and partypoker joined forced to create the UK Team Challenge. A total of 173 teams competed online and then live at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham, with “Nits&Natter” winning the team element and Adam Bone being crowned the individual champion. Now we have decided to run […]

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Turn $2.20 into £20,000 With the New DTD200 Tournaments

Turn $2.20 into £20,000 With the New DTD200 Tournaments

How does winning £20,000 sound? Great, right? What if we told you that you could be playing for a first place prize of at least £20,000 for only a $2.20 investment, would that be even better? Thanks to the new DTD200 tournaments you can do exactly that. DTD200 tournaments are the new weekly tournaments created […]

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More Chances to Win Your Way to the £6M MILLIONS Event

With a guaranteed prize pool of £6 million and a first place prize of at least £1 million, the partypoker MILLIONS is a must-play tournament in 2017. While the £550 (currently $675) buy in is affordable to many, partypoker and Dusk Till Dawn appreciate not everyone wants to spend this amount on a single tournament, […]

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Meet The People: DTD’s VIP Manager Rachel Heneghan

With partypoker being one big, happy family, we like to take time each week to introduce you to either a member of our team, or one of our valued customers. This week it is Rachel Heneghan, VIP Manager for Dusk Till Dawn, who is under the spotlight. Rachel is 23-years-young, hails from Salford, but now […]

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Meet The People: DTD’s Nicola Veitch

Meet The People: DTD’s Nicola Veitch

Those of you who have interacted with the various Dusk Till Dawn and partypoker social media accounts will have met this woman. If you have ever been to Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham you will have seen this particular lady busy at work while you were grinding, and if you’ve ever attended a party at […]

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Extension of the £550 Day 1 Cash Bonus

Extension of the £550 Day 1 Cash Bonus

Those of you sat there considering whether or not to try and qualify for the £6 million guaranteed partypoker MILLONS tournament but are still on the fence about doing so need to continue reading because the special Day 1 cash bonus has been extended. When we first launched the online Phase 1 tournaments, which feed […]

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Are You Ready For the Deepstack and Xmas Grand Prix?

The year may be ending but the poker action is not slowing down at partypoker and Dusk Till Dawn this December, if anything it is speeding up with two amazing events taking place. The first of this brace of tournaments is the £300,000 guaranteed Deepstack, which for the first time has online Phase One tournaments […]

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Sexton Speaks: No Rest for the Weary

partyoker ambassador and poker legend Mike Sexton talks to the partypoker blog about the recent WPT UK festival at Dusk Till Dawn. If you’re following and/or participating in the partypoker adventures this fall, you’ve been quite busy. I recently spent eleven days in Nottingham, England for three major ‘live’ poker championships held at Dusk Till […]

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Luis Rodriguez Cruz Takes Down the 2016 partypoker WPT UK Main Event For £200,000

Luis Rodriguez Cruz Takes Down the 2016 partypoker WPT UK Main Event For £200,000

Luis Rodriguez Cruz is the latest addition to the World Poker Tour’s Champions Club after he outlasted a field of 522 players in the 2016 partypoker WPT UK Main Event at Dusk Till Dawn, a victory worth £200,000. 2016 partypoker WPT UK Main Event Final Table Results Place Player Prize 1 Luis Rodriguez Cruz £200,000 […]

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Lucas Blanco Oliver Crowned Devilfish Cup Champion

Lucas Blanco Oliver Crowned Devilfish Cup Champion

Spain’s Lucas Blanco Oliver is £250,000 richer than a couple of day ago after he triumphed in the inaugural £1 million guaranteed Devilfish Cup at Dusk Till Dawn, outlasting 203 opponents to get his hands on the quarter of a million pounds first place prize and a special edition guitar signed by rock legend Brian […]

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Ben Winsor Crowned 2016 WPT500 UK Champion

Ben Winsor Crowned 2016 WPT500 UK Champion

The 2016 partypoker WPT500 UK has crowned its champion and it is Ben Winsor holding the winner’s trophy aloft, that and a cheque for £150,000, which is the pro’s second six-figure score of his career. 2016 partypoker WPT500 UK Final Table Results Place Player Prize 1 Ben Winsor £150,000 2 Keith Cummins £90,000 3 William […]

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partypoker MILLIONS Guarantee Increased to £6 Million!

One month after announcing the £5,000,000 guaranteed partypoker MILLIONS, the guarantee has now been increased by an additional £1,000,000 to £6,000,000. partypoker MILLIONS, hosted by ambassador Mike Sexton, boasts the biggest ever guaranteed prizepool in Europe and will be making one player a millionaire, guaranteeing a minimum of £1,000,000 to the winner. MILLIONS will be […]

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Reaching the Podium on the Grand Prix Poker Tour

Reaching the Podium on the Grand Prix Poker Tour

After visiting seven superb stadiums and the incredible GPPT Killarney event in Ireland, the inaugural Grand Prix Poker Tour returns to the Dusk Till Dawn Casino in October to crown a final champion. After millions of dollars in guarantees, tens of thousands of new poker players entering the tournaments and drama at every stop, we […]

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£3 Million WPT UK Festival is Right Around the Corner

Those of you who love to play in major poker tournaments need to check your diaries and ensure you have October 22 through to November 6 free because those are the dates the £3 million guaranteed World Poker Tour UK festival takes place. Three £1 million guaranteed tournaments are coming at you in the next […]

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partypoker MILLIONS Guarantees £1 Million For the Champion

If we said to you it is possible to win £1,000,000 from a £550 investment would you think we had lost the plot? Maybe we have because that is exactly what is going to happen thanks to the launch of the partypoker MILLIONS tournament. The partypoker MILLIONS is a concept first launched by partypoker in […]

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Dzmitry Urbanovich Confirmed For Caribbean Poker Party

The partypoker Caribbean Poker Party is rapidly approaching, and in addition to the hundreds of partypoker qualifiers, many of who have won packages for free during the $1 Million Giveaway promotion, a whole host of the world’s best poker talent is also set to descend on picturesque Punta Cana. One such player is the Polish […]

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Come to GPPT Cardiff and Win Your Wages!

Come to GPPT Cardiff and Win Your Wages!

The average salary in the United Kingdom in 2015/2016 was £27,200. We reckon that working a 40-hour week, you may have put in 2,000 hours in your chosen profession in the last 12 months to earn that amount. Why not sit and play poker for a weekend and win exactly the same amount?! Few tournaments […]

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Completing the Grand Prix Circle at DTD in October

Completing the Grand Prix Circle at DTD in October

Since its launch back in October 2015, the Grand Prix Poker Tour has travelled the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, stopping off at iconic football stadiums such as Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, Elland Road, St. James’ Park, and Hampden. Coming at you in the next few weeks are the Cardiff, Canada, and Ireland […]

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Meet The People: Sylvia Hewitt

Meet The People: Sylvia Hewitt

Those of you who have frequented Dusk Till Dawn over the past few years will have seen Sylvia Hewitt at the tables on at least one occasion. Always sporting a smile, Sylvia is one of the most popular figures on the UK poker circuit, thanks in part to always being willing to chat to players […]

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5 Essentials for Your Caribbean Poker Party

Partypoker are welcoming players to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Caribbean this November, with the $1 million Summer Giveaway and subsequent $2 million prize-pool out in Punta Cana. How can you make sure you’re on a plane and what should you prioritise once you’re out on the beach? Pass the Factor 50 and let us […]

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These partypoker Players Are Heading to the Caribbean

Each and every week, partypoker is giving away 10 packages to the Caribbean Poker Party that are worth $6,000, via the $1 million Summer Giveaway promotion, plus a further five $8,000 packages are won via the weekly satellite. Recently, we caught up with some of the lucky winners and quizzed them about the Caribbean Poker […]

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James Dempsey Wins GPPT Brighton For $40,000

James Dempsey Wins GPPT Brighton For $40,000

The Grand Prix Poker Tour attracts recreational poker players in droves thanks to its affordable buy-in, and the fact they can qualify for a shot of a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool from only $0.01 at partypoker, but professional players also flock to GPPT events due to the huge cash prizes on offer. One such poker […]

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Carl Fogarty Crowned Big Bluff Champion

Seven-time world champion motorcycle racer, Carl “Foggy” Fogarty, can now lay claim to being a poker champion after he won the partypoker Big Bluff challenge at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on July 24, 2016. The Big Bluff challenge was designed to show that anyone could learn how to play and enjoy poker in a short period […]

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DTD Regular Andreas Olympios Wins the WPT500 at Aria for $260,000

DTD Regular Andreas Olympios Wins the WPT500 at Aria for $260,000

Andreas Olympios, a regular at Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham, has become a World Poker Tour champion after he topped a field of 3,956 in the 2016 partypoker WPT500 at Aria, a superb result that came with a career-best score of some $260,000. 2016 partypoker WPT500 at Aria Final Table Results Place Player […]

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Irish Grand Prix and WPT Heads to Killarney in September

Irish Grand Prix and WPT Heads to Killarney in September

Check your diaries and ensure they are free from appointments between September 15-18 because those are the dates the partypoker WPT National Ireland Festival of Poker takes place, including a €250,000 guaranteed Irish Grand Prix. Like the UK-based Grand Prix Poker Tour events, the Irish Grand Prix has both online and live Day 1s for […]

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Big Bluff Celebrity: Jorgie Porter

Here at partypoker, we believe that anyone can learn how to play poker, even if they don’t have the faintest clue about this marvellous game, which is why we’ve launched Big Bluff where four British celebrities are being taught the ropes before being set loose on a live final table held at the Grand Prix […]

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Big Bluff Celebrity: Adebayo Akinfenwa

Here at partypoker, we believe that anyone can learn how to play poker, even if they don’t have the faintest clue about this marvellous game, which is why we’ve launched Big Bluff where four British celebrities are being taught the ropes before being set loose on a live final table held at the Grand Prix […]

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Meet The People: GPPT Online Champion Ian Simpson

When Ian Simpson won the $400,000 guaranteed Grand Prix Poker Tour Online tournament on June 5, he became the first Englishman to win such a title. The hugely popular pro was a worthy champion, and the outpouring of congratulations from his friends and peers was a sight to behold. If you have played in an […]

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The Latest Caribbean Poker Party Package Winners

The Latest Caribbean Poker Party Package Winners

Imagine heading out to picturesque Punta Cana this November to compete for potentially life-changing money at the Caribbean Poker Party; it would be nothing short of amazing, wouldn’t it? Well, thanks to the $1 million Summer Giveaway, you could be doing exactly that for free, just like the 10 partypoker players in the table below […]

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Win a Share of $250K at GPPT Brighton

Win a Share of $250K at GPPT Brighton

The United Kingdom may be in the grip of a heatwave, but it is not only the weather that is scorching hot because the action at the partypoker tables is also heating up thanks to the online legs of the $250,000 guaranteed Grand Prix Poker Tour Brighton kicking off. Taking place at the Amex Stadium […]

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Meet The People: GPPT Mini Supremo Simon Trumper

Meet The People: GPPT Mini Supremo Simon Trumper

Those of you who have frequented Dusk Till Dawn since it first opened will no doubt have crossed paths with the unmistakable figure that is Simon “Aces” Trumper. When he’s not busy adding to his $1.54 million in live tournament winnings, Trumper can be found helping keep all things live poker running smoothly at Europe’s […]

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Andrew Jankowski wins partypoker WPT National Nottingham

Andrew Jankowski wins partypoker WPT National Nottingham

Andrew Jankowski is $192,210 richer than he was a week ago after he topped a field of 886 players in the partypoker WPT National Nottingham Main Event. What makes Jankowski’s victory sweeter is he qualified for the $1,100 buy-in tournament via a centroll at partypoker. WPT National Nottingham final table results Place Player Prize 1 […]

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Play For a Share of $2 Million at the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party

Play For a Share of $2 Million at the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party

Sun, sea, sand, and hot poker action is coming at you this November thanks to partypoker heading to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for the Caribbean Poker Party. From November 19-26, partypoker is enjoying a week of tropical excitement in the Caribbean where there will be an extensive list […]

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Are You Heading to DTD for the $1 Million Guaranteed WPTN UK?

Fancy playing in a poker tournament with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool? What about a tournament where the structure is regarded as one of the best in the industry? How about a tournament where the entrants are an eclectic mix of amateurs, satellite qualifiers, and professionals? If you are sat there nodding your head […]

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Drew Kirkland Wins the partypoker GPPT Glasgow Main Event

Drew Kirkland Wins the partypoker GPPT Glasgow Main Event

Drew Kirkland is the latest name to be written into the history books of the Grand Prix Poker Tour after he walked away with the title of champion in Glasgow’s Hampden Park stadium. 2016 GPPT Glasgow Main Event Final Table Results Place Player Prize 1 Drew Kirkland $41,000 2 Jonathan Gray $25,000 3 Ryan Pearson […]

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Brazil’s joaosimaobh Wins the $300K Guaranteed GPPT Online

Brazil’s joaosimaobh Wins the $300K Guaranteed GPPT Online

If you ever need proof that poker is a global game all you need to do is take a look at the nationalities of the players who reached the final table of the $300,000 guaranteed Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) Online leg at partypoker on May 9. Brazil, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and […]

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Meet The People: Dan O’Callaghan

Those of you who follow our social media accounts will no doubt have seen the occasional mention of Dan O’Callaghan, who regularly live streams his play at partypoker on Twitch. You may not know who Dan is or what he’s about, but by the time you have finished reading this Meet The People article, you […]

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Heading to Hampden for GPPT Glasgow

Heading to Hampden for GPPT Glasgow

With the record-breaking Grand Prix Poker Tour heading North of the border to Scotland for the first time, Glasgow is the host city for the latest live leg of the UK’s most exciting poker extravaganza! But while Hampden Park is known for being the Scottish National football stadium, as well as the home of Queens […]

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Jack Kent Scores Big at Elland Road, Wins GPPT Leeds for $40,000

Jack Kent Scores Big at Elland Road, Wins GPPT Leeds for $40,000

Until this weekend, Jack Kent’s Hendon Mob page showed live tournament winnings of only $408, but once the database is updated it will show $40,408 thanks to Kent taking down the Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) Leeds Main Event for a massive $40,000. GPPT Leeds Final Table Results Place Player Prize 1 Jack Kent $40,000 […]

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AUSS1E_FISH Wins the GPPT Online Leg for $72,391

The $500,000 guaranteed Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) Online leg took place this weekend and what a fantastic tournament it was. In order to bring the GPPT experience to all of our valued customers, the GPPT Online leg was opened to everyone who has access to partypoker.com, and previsions were made to ensure that everyone, […]

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Get Ready for the Grand Prix Poker Tour Online and Leeds Legs

After fantastic fun around the ground at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, Manchester’s Old Trafford and Newcastle’s St. James’ Park, as well as online legs and the inaugural GPPT leg at Dusk Till Dawn, The Grand Prix Poker Tour has already become one of the UK’s hottest live poker events. With two events in April, there’s no […]

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$500,000 Guaranteed Multi-Day, Multi Time Zone Online GPPT Unveiled

There have been some developments with the Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) Online leg and we are sure that you are going to think they are superb. The biggest change is that the GPPT Online leg, which has a massive $500,000 guarantee for only a $109 buy-in, has multiple Day 1s to choose from. Another […]

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Introducing the Brand New GPPT Mini Tour

The feedback regarding the Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) has been overwhelmingly positive since its launch with poker players from all around the United Kingdom (and some further afield) flocking to compete in the $250,000 guaranteed Main Events. Now we have some more exciting news for you poker tournament lovers out there, news that a […]

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$500K Guaranteed Powerfest Week 3 Main Event on March 13

The $5 million guaranteed partypoker Powerfest series has been a massive hit with you, our loyal players, with some massive prizes being won so far. The ante is being well and truly upped on Sunday 13 March when the Week 3 Main Event kicks off, bringing with it a whopping $500,000 guaranteed prize pool, with […]

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Meet The People: Lee Ingledow

Meet The People: Lee Ingledow

Can you remember your first-ever live poker tournament? I’d be willing to bet that it was either a home game with your friends, or a small buy-in event at your local casino, not a 250 mile round trip, on your own, like Lee Ingledow’s (pictured here in the black jacket). One of Lee’s friends mentioned […]

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Meet The People: Nathan Farnaby Secures GPPT St. James Park Title

Meet The People: Nathan Farnaby Secures GPPT St. James Park Title

Another partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour is confined to the history books after the St. James’ Park, Newcastle leg concluded on the night of February 22, 2016. Once the dust had settled inside the home of Premier League outfit, Newcastle United, there was one man left standing, and that man was Nathan Farnaby, the latest […]

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Qualify for the £1 Million Guaranteed UKPC at partypoker

One million pounds. Imagine playing poker for a share of that massive sum and doing so for as little as $0.01. This is what you can do thanks to Dusk Till Dawn and partypoker, the latter being the place where you can qualify for the upcoming UK Poker Championships Main Event. The £1,000+£100 buy-in UKPC […]

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Meet The People: Jay Kanabar

Every week, the partypoker blog team speaks to a member of the partypoker community as part of something we call Meet The People. This segment gives the blog readers an insight into who plays at the site and who keeps it running as smoothly as possible. This latest Meet The People sees us talk to […]

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The History of St. James’ Park

After stops at both Stamford Bridge in London and Old Trafford, Manchester, the partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour moves on to the North East in February, as we bring you all the action from St. James Park, the home of Newcastle United. Everyone wants to book themselves a seat at the home of former Premier […]

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Meet The People: Daniel McNairney Wins GPPT Old Trafford

Meet The People: Daniel McNairney Wins GPPT Old Trafford

Daniel McNairney joined an ever growing list of poker players who have turned $109 into £35,000 by winning a Grand Prix Poker Tour Main Event. McNairney was one of almost 4,000 players to enter the £250,000 guaranteed Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) Old Trafford Main Event held at “The Theatre of Dreams”, home to Premier […]

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Norman Whiteside and David May to Attend GPPT Old Trafford

The Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) Old Trafford leg is being made more special for Manchester United fans because The Theatre of Dreams welcomes back two of its former stars on Saturday 16 January. Sky TV’s lead Formula 1 presenter, Simon Lazenby, is hosting a Q&A session at 12:30 on January 16 with David May […]

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Meet The People: 11 Questions With Paul Seaton

Meet The People: 11 Questions With Paul Seaton

Those of you who have played in the WPT National events in the United Kingdom, have competed on the Grand Prix Poker Tour, or have read the many articles he’s produced for the partypoker blog are probably well-versed in who Paul Seaton is. By the time you’ve finished reading these 11 questions with the big […]

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A Brief History of Old Trafford

A Brief History of Old Trafford

The partypoker Dusk Till Dawn Grand Prix Poker Tour goes back on the road this month after the December leg took place online, creating another big winner. The top prize of £35,000 and guarantee of £250,000 return as the tour moves on from Stamford Bridge and the comfort of your Christmas sofa-dent to arguably the […]

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Meet The People: Grand Prix Online Winner YTheSnaiL

Sunday 20 December, 2015, was the day that the Grand Prix Poker Tour moved from live venues to the virtual felt of partypoker and what a fantastic tournament it was. Despite only costing $100+$9 to enter, the Grand Prix Poker Tour Online leg featured a massive $250,000 guaranteed prize pool, making it the largest guaranteed […]

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$250K Grand Prix Poker Tour Online is This Sunday

You often hear poker players talking about how much value a tournament has and how it is a “must-play” well partypoker has one of these on Sunday 20 December, 2015 at 18:00 CET, the online leg of the Grand Prix Poker Tour. Like its live leg counterpart, the Grand Prix Poker Tour online only costs […]

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Next stop the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ for the Grand Prix Poker Tour

Hot on the heels of the Grand Prix Poker Tour visiting Stamford Bridge, the first in a series of seven iconic football stadium venues, qualifiers have now started for the next leg at Manchester United’s legendary Old Trafford home, 16-17 January. Players have the option to play four live day 1’s at Manchester235 casino on…

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A Sunny Day at Stamford Bridge: Mistri Crowned GPPT Champion

A Sunny Day at Stamford Bridge: Mistri Crowned GPPT Champion

Sunil “Sunny” Mistri is the latest Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT) champion after he walked away with the Stamford Bridge title on Sunday 29 November, 2015. Mistri not only writes his name into fledgling tour’s history books, he also adds £35,000 to his bank balance. 2015 Grand Prix Poker Tour Stamford Bridge Final Table Results […]

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Around the Grounds: The Grand Prix Poker Tour Hits the Road!

Around the Grounds: The Grand Prix Poker Tour Hits the Road!

With seven of Britain’s biggest and best football grounds being visited by the Dusk Till Dawn partypoker Grand Prix Tour in 2015/16, we thought we’d look at each stadium’s history. From epic nights the fans will never forget to moments in time that will live forever, here are a few reasons why you should dig […]

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7 Things To Love Doing in London

With the approaching Grand Prix Poker Tour making its first-ever stop at Stamford Bridge in London, we thought we’d take a look at what else you can get up to in the capital if you’re hoping to make a weekend of it. We don’t just put the party into poker, but the sense of fun […]

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Meet The People: Nigel Castle

Meet The People: Nigel Castle

Isn’t poker an amazing game? One where you can sit at a table with eight strangers, all from different backgrounds, sometimes backgrounds that you’d never guess in a million years. One such player is 43-year-old Nigel Castle of Brighton, East Sussex. When we reached out of the partypoker UK Community Forum for people willing to […]

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Grand Prix Poker Tour Heads to Stamford Bridge

Dusk Till Dawn played host to the inaugural Grand Prix Poker Tour leg in October and saw 1,015 players pile into the Nottingham-based club for the £250,000 guaranteed spectacular. It was Benjamin Preece who emerged victorious on that occasion, defeating Paul Romain heads-up to collect £35,000 for his £60+£10 investment, denying Romain a £35,000 bonus […]

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Iaron Lightbourne Crowned 2015 partypoker WPT UK Champion

Iaron Lightbourne Crowned 2015 partypoker WPT UK Champion

The 2015 partypoker World Poker Tour UK Main Event crowned its champion on the night of Sunday 8 November when Iaron Lightbourne bested a talented six-handed final table. His reward was the winner’s trophy, £200,000 in cash, a seat in the $15,400 WPT Tournament of Champions and booked his place in the exclusive Champions Club. […]

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Richard Harris Wins the WPT500 UK For £150,000

Richard Harris Wins the WPT500 UK For £150,000

Richard Harris is £150,000 richer than he was a few days ago thanks to the Welshman outlasting 1,615 other players in the £1 million guaranteed 2015 World Poker Tour WPT500 UK at Dusk Till Dawn. Place Player Prize 1 Richard Harris £150,000 2 Yani Yanev £90,0000 3 Chin Chai Koh £60,000 4 Florian Duta £37,500 […]

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Meet The People: Danny Hammonds

This week’s Meet The People segment sees us chat to 24-year old Danny Hammonds who calls Ellesmere Port home. If you’ve never been to Ellesmere Port, there’s a chance you’ve heard of it because it is where the Blue Planet Aquarium, National Waterways Museum and Vauxhall Motors factory are based, and of course, where Danny […]

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Five Reasons Why the WPT500 is the Must-Play Tournament of the Year

There’s A Million Pound Prize-Pool! That’s not a typo. A million pound sterling is up for grabs and the tournament entry is only £500+50. The incredible prize-pools put up by WPT and Dusk Till Dawn really are what keeps thousands of players coming back to the Nottingham poker hotspot, and this year will be no […]

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Meet the People: UK Team Challenge Winner, Adam Bone

Meet the People: UK Team Challenge Winner, Adam Bone

“The event was the best competition I’ve ever played.” Those are the words of Nottingham’s Adam Bone who in the early hours of Monday 12 October, 2015, emerged victorious in individual element of the partypoker UK Team Challenge at Dusk Till Dawn. Twenty-eight year old Bone, a director at advertising agency AM Media, outlasted 338 […]

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UK Team Challenge Live Updates

Welcome to our UK Team Challenge live updates where you’ll find all of the action, as it happens, from what should be a fantastic event. Keep up to date with the all things partypoker! Get all the latest partypoker updates from your favourite social media outlets. You can Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

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Everything You Need to Know About the UK Team Challenge Live Final

Hundreds of budding poker players have been heading to the partypoker virtual felt throughout August and September each sharing the same common goal: to accumulate chips for the UK Team Challenge live final. A total of 173 teams were created meaning whoever progresses to the live final at Dusk Till Dawn will be playing for […]

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Meet The People: Luke “Polymath” Slisz

A Polymtah is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas and it is also the partypoker alias of a certain Luke Slisz, who is the subject of this week’s Meet The People. Luke first discovered poker back in 2008 when a friend of his took him along to a £3 […]

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Value-packed Grand Prix Poker Tour Announced

Following the roaring success of the Grand Prix Million, partypoker is delighted to announce the launch of the Grand Prix Poker Tour, a series of affordable buy-in tournaments with huge guarantees taking place at iconic football grounds around the United Kingdom. partypoker’s commitment to grassroots poker continues to bear fruit for the UK poker community […]

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2015 Pokerfest Live Main Event Live Updates

Welcome to the Pokerfest Live Main Event Live Updates Hello and welcome to the partypoker blog’s coverage of the 2015 Pokerfest Live Main Event where those who enter are playing for a share of at least £300,000. Today, Friday 4 September, we have two live Day 1s at the Dusk Till Dawn casino in Nottingham […]

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Meet The People: Ben Kett – The Ninja Turtles’ Captain

Are you one of the many partypoker player currently competing in the UK Team Challenge? If so, you will no doubt have bumped into Ben “DoobieFish” Kett and his trio of team mates at some point, not least because they are the current runaway leaders of the competition, the only team to have surpassed 2 […]

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The value-packed Pokerfest Live is on the horizon

The value-packed Pokerfest Live is on the horizon

Since we launched Pokerfest in 2011, we’ve made a number of changes to the events offered following the feedback from you, our loyal and valued customers. After listening to you once again, and the fact we’re dedicated to bringing poker back to the people, this latest Pokerfest has something for online and live poker aficionados. […]

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Meet The People: Nottingham’s Damon Bancroft-Hall

“Practice, study and keep playing” are Damon Bancroft-Hall’s three tips to budding poker players, “then keep repeating them forever,” he adds. Solid advice we’re sure you’ll agree. They are tips that the 29-year old, who calls Nottingham home, puts into practice and if you need proof that they work you just have to take a […]

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Meet The partypoker People: Tristan Chaplin

Have you played poker at any of the partypoker WPT National UK festivals? Were you at the Grand Prix Million at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham? If so, you’ve most likely bumped into Tristan Chaplin who seems to frequent these events more than most. The popular 36-year old forklift truck driver from sunny Essex has been […]

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Meet The partypoker People: Moyra Davies

Meet The partypoker People: Moyra Davies

Here at partypoker, we’re proud of the diversity of our customers. Men, women, young internet grinders and so-called old school poker players all flock to the partypoker tables and help create this amazing community. Combined, they help make partypoker what it is: poker for the people. The latest partypoker player to take some time from […]

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Are you ready to compete in the partypoker UK Team Challenge?

Are you ready to compete in the partypoker UK Team Challenge?

We’ve been dropping hints across our social media platforms for a couple of weeks now about a new and exciting poker format that is coming to partypoker. Now is the time to let the proverbial cat out of the bag and tell you all about the partypoker UK Team Challenge. As the name suggests, the […]

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Meet The partypoker People: Paul Lambert

Meet The partypoker People: Paul Lambert

Every Monday we reach out to the partypoker community as part of our Meet The partypoker People and then sit and chat about all things poker with them. This week’s subject, for want of a better word, is 28-year old Liverpudlian, Paul Lambert. Paul was introduced to the amazing game of poker when he and […]

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Everything you need to know about DTD Tickets tournaments

Everything you need to know about DTD Tickets tournaments

Multi Table Tournament players at partypoker will probably have seen a number of tournaments labelled as DTD Tickets or DTD Mini and DTD Micro in the lobby. These special events are jam-packed with value and are a gateway to playing in bigger, more prestigious online and live events. As their name suggests, these tournaments award […]

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Meet The partypoker People: Roy Rennison

Meet The partypoker People: Roy Rennison

Here at partypoker, we’re dedicated to bringing poker to the people. While we celebrate the big wins of the game’s superstars, we’re also equally as excited – if not more so — at the prospect of talking to players who the masses can connect with. That usually means people like you and I. Our Meet […]

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Have you taken advantage of our Inter Account Transfer system?

After listening to player feedback and comments over recent weeks, we discovered that many of our customers weren’t aware that it is possible to transfer funds from their own partypoker account to a fellow partypoker player via the inter account transfer system. By the time you have finished reading this article, you’ll be armed with […]

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Sheffield’s Lewis Pilkington wins a King of Vegas package

Last week, while interacting with our @partypoker Twitter followers, we asked if anyone would like to tell their fellow partypoker players a little about themselves as part of our Meet the partypoker People campaign. We had a good response with several people wanting to chat with us while others nominated those they lock horns with […]

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Antonius Samuel crowned partypoker Grand Prix Million champion

$100,000. That is the tidy sum that is currently nestled in the partypoker account of Antonius Samuel, his prize money for coming out on top of the inaugural partypoker Grand Prix Million at Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) in Nottingham. Winning a major tournament is a remarkable enough achievement in its own right, but Samuel’s is […]

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2015 partypoker Grand Prix Million Final Day Updates

Three Tables, One Winner We have just 22 players left in the mix, and we’ll be bringing you the chip counts in a few minutes. Don’t forget, the winner will receive the cheque for a cool million dollars. All the lights point to the feature table, but who will make it to the final nine? […]

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Meet the people: partypoker Qualifier Josiane Hubert

While enjoying some competitive poker at the Grand Prix Million, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some incredible people, compelling us to share their stories as part of Meet the People. Full-time mum and carer Josiane Hubert couldn’t believe she qualified for the Grand Prix, especially as it cost her next to nothing. […]

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Who will be crowned our Grand Prix Million champion?

Playing in a poker tournament that has a million dollar prize pool isn’t, like the massive amount indicates, something reserved for the high-stakes professionals. It’s something all poker players can be a part of, but only if you hurry. The inaugural partypoker Grand Prix Million at Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham features a $1 million guaranteed […]

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Q&A: Simon Trumper – Dusk Till Dawn Grand Prix Million

Q&A: Simon Trumper – Dusk Till Dawn Grand Prix Million

The Grand Prix Million is happening now and you can play any of the Day 1s right up until Saturday live or online at partypoker. With a guaranteed prize pool of $1m and a possibly meaty overlay, what are you waiting for? We talked to Club Director Simon Trumper for more info…

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Online and live legs of the partypoker Grand Prix Million gather momentum

We imagine by now, unless your internet coverage over the past few weeks has been as patchy as Adam Brody’s beard, you’re aware that our showcase event, the partypoker Grand Prix Million has commenced. The $120 buy-in tournament that features a massive $1 million guaranteed prize pool is underway and gaining momentum by the day. It’s kind of a big […]

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Hear The partypoker People

Every second Saturday, through one of our four new social media segments, Hear the People, we’re opening the doors to our partypoker players because we understand it’s you, our loyal followers, making partypoker tick. You play on the site day-in day-out and we want to ensure you have the best possible experience each time you […]

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DTD Ticket Tourneys: Satellites and Cash Rolled Into One

Ever since the aptly named Chris Moneymaker turned a $38 buy-in satellite into $2,500,000 by winning the 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, satellite tournaments have become one of the most popular formats in the online poker world. Satellite tournaments offer the opportunity to play in higher buy-in tournaments, usually with much larger […]

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10 tips to survive your first live poker game

10 tips to survive your first live poker game

Some of you, with the Grand Prix Million almost upon us, will be preparing to play your first live game at Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham. Starting on May 15th, The Grand Prix Million has nine online and live Day 1’s and the choice is all yours. You’ll probably feel more in your comfort […]

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Six awesome tips to survive your first casino visit

So, you’ve come to the decision that poker is where it’s at and you want to grab yourself a big piece of poker pie, especially now that partypoker and DTD are massively shaking up the UK poker scene. Well I can tell you, poker, like Guinness, is definitely an acquired taste. But who hasn’t acquired […]

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Making the transition from online to live poker

Making the transition from online to live poker

To play poker or not to play poker, that is the question? It’s not a trick question and the answer is, of course, yes. With the $32,000 promotion well under way in the partypoker UK community Facebook forum, many of you are winning seats and starting to get nervous about playing in the “Grand Prix […]

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partypoker WPT UK wins Best Poker Tournament at the British Poker Awards

The 2014 British Poker Awards took place earlier this week and we’re delighted to announce that the partypoker WPT UK festival won the Best Poker Tournament award. The partypoker WPT UK festival was held in November 2014 at Dusk Till Dawn with its two major highlights being the inaugural £1 million guaranteed WPT500 UK and […]

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UK poker growth on the cards with DTD/partypoker partnership

UK poker growth on the cards with DTD/partypoker partnership

Having staged successful events in the past (’24 hr Big Game’ and WPT UK), a new and exciting agreement between partypoker and Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) promises to expand and strengthen UK’s poker scene, both for live and online events. DTD owner Rob Yong is a European poker pioneer and one of, if not the […]

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partypoker/DTD announces $1 million guaranteed poker tournament

Good news keeps flowing from partypoker HQ lately and is showing no signs of slowing down. First, we told you about the exciting partnership between Dusk Till Dawn and ourselves, then we announced that cash is back thanks to our revamped loyalty program 2.0 and now an incredible $1 million guaranteed tournament, dubbed the Grand Prix Million, […]

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Dusk Till Dawn joins the party!

Dusk Till Dawn joins the party!

There are exciting times ahead for the poker community because partypoker and Dusk Till Dawn (DTD), Europe’s premier award winning live poker venue, have entered a multi-year branding and online agreement that has the players in mind. Later this month, as part of the ground-breaking deal, DTD’s online satellites and online tournaments will move to […]

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Things To Do In Nottingham When You’re (Drawing) Dead

Things To Do In Nottingham When You’re (Drawing) Dead

There will be no shortage of action at Dusk Till Dawn tables in the coming weeks when players from around the world will flock to the Nottingham-based club in a bid to grab the biggest slice of the £1,000,000 prize pool on offer at the partypoker LIVE Grand Prix UK.  If you’re heading there you’re likely to […]

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Poker: Getting the Balance Right (Part 1)

This post deals with “getting the balance right” in relation to several different aspects of poker. 
Originally it was going to be all in one post but it’s too long a subject so I’ve decided to split it down.
1)     Card Rooms
2)      Dealers and Valets

3)    My Own Play
Card Rooms

OK so “Poker Rooms” first. I’ve said it before and it’s worth repeating that as a player in the West Midlands there has never been more choice for the live poker plodder like me.

When I first started playing (1976) one of the biggest poker skills required was actually to be able to locate a game to play in! I’d often go for miles to a venue because I’d heard there was a game only to find there wasn’t one or it was invitation only, or the one and only player in the game who could vouch for me wasn’t actually there tonight etc. etc.

People used to travel all over the place to get to play in virtually any game no matter if it was terrible. I was only 17 when I started playing poker so I played exclusively in private games in all sorts of weird and wonderful places. Home games, pubs, social clubs, snooker rooms, taxi offices, hotels, the storeroom of a shop, under the grandstand at Cheltenham racecourse (with a load of pissed up Irishmen) a nightclub, a burger van, and even sat in the back of a black cab taxi, if there was a game I’d be there.

Most of the games I played in were pretty straight but I’ve played in places where I was worried I wouldn’t get out in one piece. I had to climb out of the toilet window to leave a game on one occasion. (In those days I was about half the size I am now or I’d have had no chance.)

The first casino I ever played in was “The Rainbow Casino” which is Birmingham’s oldest casino and I joined as soon as I turned 18 in 1977.
Rainbow: Circa 1998/99. Thanks to Mark Smith (the dealer) who allowed me to use his photo.
To my knowledge it was one of the first casinos in the country to play the new form of poker called “Holdem” (well it was new then). I’d certainly never seen or heard of Holdem till I went there as I’d previously only played games like Stud (7&5 card), Draw, Razz etc.

Apart from the Rainbow there was NO OTHER CASINO with a poker room in the Midlands at that time playing Holdem and I doubt there were 3 or 4 other casinos in the UK playing the game.

A few years later I started going to a small casino in Walsall (not Junction 10 the old one in the town) which used to have a “strip deck” 5 card stud tournament one night a week, and afterwards they would have a Holdem cash game. Wow things were looking up.

So where else could you find a straight (well straight-ish) game of Holdem to play with house dealers, card room supervisors, valets, free food and drinks. Yes free food in those days!

All the things we take for granted today, (and moan like F when we don’t get them) were a bloody luxury back then.

You would think if it was the only true poker venue for over 50 miles in any direction it would be packed to the doors every night, but it wasn’t because poker was so “underground” it was practically invisible in the late 70’s, there were just so few players.

Look at the Midlands now. If you check out the MidlandsPoker Forum they have 16 card room schedules listed on it. If you want to play afternoon and evening then with early bust outs and trotting between, Star City, G Hill Street and the Broadway someone like the legendary “Poker Doctor” Peter Djiallis could play 20 comps a week!

Joking aside the reason I mention the Doc is because the Facebook Group “POKER DOCTOR” has over 830 members. There weren’t 800 people that played poker in the Midlands in 1976.

Fast forward to 2014, the number of poker players has exploded but also the number of card room venues has increased more than 20 fold. This increase in venues means competition to attract players is greater than ever.

Guarantees: Getting the Balance Right

Back in the early Rainbow days any old tournament would attract runners and the word “guarantee” wasn’t in the card room manager’s vocabulary. Structures were bad, and starting stacks were worse, typically 3k for a freeze out and 1k for a re-buy. No wonder I played tight in those days, with just a 1k starting stack you had to give a lot of thought to calling a 150 raise during the 1st level as it was 15% of your chips.

Now card rooms are frankly going bonkers with guarantees in a desperate attempt to attract players from the competition. 

The best in the close vicinity of Birmingham (for players) is currently being offered by The Grosvenor Hill St (GH) though I think it’s a policy which is just madness from a business point of view.

GH offers very good guarantees and a reasonable structure 7 days a week, but not content with that they have something called “Progressive Guarantees” which means that if the guarantee gets beaten then the next week they put it up by £100.

This is AMAZING for players but daft for the casino as all it guarantees for them is that no matter how successful it is, at some point there will be an overlay.

During the summer months of hot weather, barbeques, world cup etc. GH was adding £500 – £600 a night 3 or 4 nights a week at least. No card room can sustain £2,500 of overlay a week unless they have more money than sense.

You have to admire them, but I’m staggered they don’t stop it. Just last week they announced the new £30 Monday night comp that replaces the 25/25 satellite and the guarantee is £1,800 (60 entries).

I played this new comp on Monday thinking there would be an overlay for sure but it had 79 runners. I loved the comp btw as with its 8 max format all the players were sat very comfortably round the table rather than being crammed on a 10 seat table. It also makes the game a bit quicker and juices up the action a bit.

Guarantees: Getting it Wrong

Look at the Broadway casino as a text book example of getting the balance completely wrong. For so long they had a great number of players for comps 7 days a week with NO guarantees at all so what do they do? They start offering them to fight back as GH had started to pinch some of their customers.

Unlike the Grosvenor group though they don’t have money to throw away so when they got their fingers burnt they immediately stopped the guarantees altogether. The tournament numbers there have plummeted ever since.

A great example of spectacular imbalance, guarantees too big followed by none at all. It beggars belief.
I’ve said before that card rooms need to “tweak” things and just make small changes slowly over a period of time as they gently edge towards getting the balance right, otherwise they risk having the lot come crashing down.

So currently the GH and Star City are killing the Broadway in terms of tournament numbers but we all know that it’s the cash games where the profit is for the casino and currently the Broadway still has a strong hold over the competition in that area.

All it needs now is for Jon Baker and Daren Brain to launch some sort of killer cash game promotion and the Broadway could be sunk without trace. If they lost their early bird cash games it really would take a monumental effort for the card room to ever recover.

Personally I’ve always liked the Broadway it’s a lovely venue that has a lot going for it and I like a lot of the staff there, in particular Mark Smith, Jess and Tom, (I know Tom isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I’ve always liked him) but for me the tournaments have not offered me what I look for in a comp for several years.  I genuinely wouldn’t want to see it totally fail though as the competition is what’s driving GH, Star City and Walsall etc to keep coming up with better deals for us players.

If I was the GH General Manager though I’d be suggesting to Jon Baker that it was time to stop the progressive guarantees as they seem to have won the tournament war with the Broadway. I’d just pick a sensible figure for a guarantee that gives us players and them the casino a fair chance.

I believe that people go there in the main because the card room is nice, the structures are reasonable and it’s generally well run by competent/friendly staff not because it has XY or Z guarantee.

I love overlay as much as the next man but I know it can’t be available all the time else the games eventually cease then nobody wins.

Guarantees: Jiggery Pokery

Another thing that really annoys me is when card rooms pull stunts to make up the guarantees. They want to offer an eye-catching guarantee to “entice” players into playing the comp but they know they won’t get enough unique runners to meet the G’tee so what do they do?

Well they do things like multiple re-entries, re-loads, add-ons, double add-ons, forfeiting chip stacks and late entry till the end of level 9 or more.

Late Entry “till infinity & beyond”

“Upselling” is one of the biggest sales tricks in the world and it annoys me. Go to McDonalds and order a burger, the first thing they say to you is “Do you want fries with that? Ask for a burger and fries and it’s “do you want drink with that”.

Go to some poker venues and its “do you want a re-load, double buy-in, triple add on with that”?

“NO” I just want to come out and play a straightforward poker tournament.

Guarantees: They Really Don’t Matter So Much

Players generally just want to play in the best tournaments, in the best venues with the best staff, where they feel welcome and the guarantees are not as important as everyone thinks.

For example in August the Goliath at the Ricoh G Coventry had 2,374 entries plus 1,020 re-entries. This year while I was playing it a guy on my table asked me what the guarantee was for the tournament, so how bothered was he about it?

I understand that for something like the Goliath it needs a big guarantee just for the promotional side of things but to be honest if its £200k or £300k next year I’ll still be playing it and so will thousands of others.

Also look at the Titan at G Cov, its £10,000 guarantee is an attraction but for me I play it because of the fantastic structure. To get the opportunity to play a 2 day comp (I did make day 2 once) with a 40 min clock for just £50 (+6) is a rare treat. Normally (APAT aside) you have to pay £220 + to play a 2 day comp.

Simple to Understand Comps

Again to make up the guarantees and squeeze the pips out of players bankrolls the tournaments in a lot of card rooms become ever more complex to understand.

Here is an example of a card room going out of its way to make things difficult. The following tournament was advertised in the Midlands Poker Forum Facebook group by someone from the Alea card room at Nottingham. Most of their comps are similarly easy to understand. 

In case you can’t see the image so well.
“£14 with 2 x £10 reloads and a £10 add on. 10k/10k/10k/20k and a 3k early bird if registered by 7.50pm.”
The last entry is 9.50pm but please note if entering at the break (9.35pm on) then you have to enter for the full amount, £44, which gets you 50k.

Simplicity itself!

I must be getting old but I think it was easier to understand in the days of £xx to enter and when you bust out you have to play cash or go home.

Also you will notice that the Alea offered a CONDITIONAL guarantee but has to get 40 runners or they guarantee that well known stately home “Sod Hall”. 
It’s not a guarantee it’s a piss take and I told him so on the Facebook post, as you can see he took it well!

In fairness to Paul Moyce he didn’t ban me which was good of him, perhaps he understands that in business and life for that matter you can’t please all of the people all of the time so you just shouldn’t take it personally. 
Getting the Balance Right: Social Media
It’s my belief that if card rooms go onto Facebook, Twitter etc and spam (sorry advertise/inform/educate/enlighten) us with their stuff they have to expect that not everyone is going to be a fan of what they are offering and how they do things. 
Poker players are consumers and they (the casinos) are in the entertainment business, I think some card rooms lose sight of that occasionally.

I also believe that if/when us poker players have a bitch and moan (I’m yet to meet the poker player who doesn’t moan) about things we should be able to post those things on Poker Forums, Facebook Groups etc without fear of being banned from card rooms for airing our views, especially if we can back up our points with reasoned arguments.

Admittedly my “feedback” to Paul Moyce was pretty blunt but I should still be entitled to it bearing in mind that it was not directed at him personally. 
I now know of three different people who have been banned from casinos for comments made on social media. What makes it ridiculous is that if all three things said were done so face to face it wouldn’t have ever got to the point of anyone being banned.

For my work I set up and promote websites for small businesses and I also help with something called “Reputation Management” which is for when they get bad Trip Advisor reviews and similar.

One of the first things I warn them about is acting hastily and replying to negative comments in the heat of the moment. DTD’s Rob Yong seems to do things in his own unique style.

Nicholas Banks
The latest to suffer from this is Nicolas Banks whose one simple throwaway line posted in the Poker Doctor group was enough to get him banned from DTD by Rob Yong. (See Poker Doctor Thread dated Sept 19th 12.01pm)

The Question posted by the Doc was “why don’t DTD allow deals at the final table? Nics “humorous” reply was “it’s cus they’re a bunch of tossers” or words to that effect.
Now the Q is a reasonable one and several people posted some good arguments for “Deal or No Deal”. None more so than Nic himself, who later in the thread gave a detailed and well thought out reply.
Rob Yong though as soon as he saw the initial reply banned him on the spot. So just in case you are wondering and for the avoidance of doubt they don’t allow deals at DTD if;
” Guaranteed… in excess of £50,000 where we have contributed to the prizepool via promotons / satellites” (Simon Trumper in the thread)
In a totally unrelated topic I’d like to congratulate Ellie Biessek for her success in the GPS main event held at Dusk till Dawn 2 days later.
Ellie Biessek
The Tweet says (if your viewing on a small screen and cant see it) “Made a deal 3 handed and I take a bit over 50K. We play for the trophy now:)”

Normally I say it as I see it and if I got banned from DTD for comments on this blog it wouldn’t really affect me that much as I rarely go there. The drive up the M42/A42 takes well over an hour and a half in traffic and tilts the hell out of me before I even arrive.

However when the new Genting “Resorts World” super casino opens in 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham I believe that although the Casino will be a Genting, the card room inside it will be a “Dusk Till Dawn” (DTD) card room.
Genting Casino, DTD Card Room?
Now that is somewhere I probably will want to visit very often as I only live 20 mins away from it door to door. Assuming the offering is to my liking I could end up playing there 3 or 4 nights a week. 
So therefore I’d like to go on record and say that Rob Yong is a wonderful human being and the saviour of the poker industry in the UK and I agree wholeheartedly with all DTD’s policies. In fairness I do like a lot of what they do there, we all know its a brilliantly well run venue that has a lot going for it but it is a little worrying that Rob can ban anyone on a whim.
In summary

I think that the choice for us players in the West Midlands has never been better and in 2015 it will improve still further when the huge new Genting casino opens at the NEC.

However I think that card rooms are pushing themselves too far too fast in trying to innovate new super king-size guarantees and are forgetting that players don’t only decide on where to play based on the size of guarantee.

What about; structures, starting stacks, being packed in like sardines 10 to a table, a valet who comes round less often than Halley’s Comet and allowing players to smoke those e-cigarettes at the table without the consideration of non-smokers, and venues that have the décor, warmth and charm of a medium security prison.

Also what about the standard of dealers? Don’t get me started!

Well I’ll give my views on dealers (good and bad) in my next post.
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Onto The Next One

It’s been a while since I updated my little corner of the internet, mainly because I’ve not been inclined to write anything on here. With this being primarily a poker blog and the fact I’ve played little in the way of poker since returning from Las Vegas in July, I didn’t think you’d be too interested in stories of my playing on the Xbox or the pulled rib muscle that’s kept me popping codeine tablets as if they were Smarties.

As it happens, I played some poker on Thursday, hence this latest update, but it didn’t exactly go to plan. I was invited to play the Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Main Event at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, a £1,000 buy-in tournament with a £500,000 guaranteed prize pool, and I obviously accepted the offer to play. Managed to sell 20% of my seat to cover my travel and hotel costs and was looking forward to mixing it up with some of the UK’s finest poker players.

I almost missed my train to Nottingham after leaving the house later than expected thanks to finishing some work. The train I’d pre-booked left Huddersfield station at 08:31 a.m. and I arrived in the town centre at 08:25 a.m! After running like a complete loon – running as well as a fat, unfit man with a rucksack and a suitcase can – collecting my tickets from the machine, then darting through the station, I somehow managed to catch the train with a few seconds to spare. Didn’t have a heart attack, which was a major bonus.

Nearly forgetting to get off and change trains aside, the journey to Nottingham was straight forward and as boring as you’d expect. The boredom was broken up by the sound of a toddler screaming its tits off and its mother moaning about how it “was always fucking crying.” Dug out my trusty Bose headphones, fired up some The Smiths and whinging baby was no more.

My run good of managing to catch my train, not have a coronary and being able to drown out high-pitched whining continued when the hotel – Jury’s Inn – had a room ready for me at 11:00 a.m. despite check-in not being available until 2:00 p.m. A quick shit, brush of my teeth and a “squaddie wash” later and I was ready to head to DTD for the pokers.

Arrived at DTD and saw that I was on Table 23 Seat 1. In a full ring tournament, Seat 1 is a pain in the bollocks, but in the six-handed format it isn’t as bad, still not ideal though. My starting table seemed great when you consider the plethora of big names who had bought in. The two players to my direct right were very aggressive, one busted relatively early and the other was a constant thorn in my side and he ran the table.

I splashed around a little with small pair in an attempt to make a set, but never managed to flop one. Then whenever I raised light, I would get three-bet huge and when I three-bet with the good they would fold, or at least it seemed.

There were three hands of note and I lost all three. The first saw me lose with a set of jacks versus As-Qs that went runner-runner flush for a decent chunk.

The second saw a player new to the table raise from the button and I three-bet from the small blind with Ah-Jh. He called and the flop came down 8c-8s-2c. I led and he snap-called. The turn was the Ac and I tapped the table and checked only to see the button instantly bet ¾ of the pot. I was going to jam over the top of him, but I went with my gut that he had me beaten and folded. Later, after I busted, I saw him and he told me he had ace-seven and did so before I told him my hand. He said he wanted it to look like a flush and I guess his plan worked.

Hand number three was my exit hand. I raised to 1,100 from the button with 10s-9s and the big blind, an older guy who had been quite loose, called. The flop fell Q-10-9 with one spade and the big blind checked. I bet 1,900 into 2,750 and the big blind check-raised to 5,100. At this point I think he has a hand like KQ, QJ or JT so a pair and a draw and against such a range I have around 60% equity.

“I’m all-in” I said as I pushed my remaining 15,500 chips across the line.

“Call,” he said with a slightly worried look on his face, but he needn’t worry because he had fucking Jc-8c in his hand for a flopped straight. The turn was the 7s to give me a sweat and the river the 2h to send me to the rail.

I ran the hand past a few players and they said that even if I flat-call the check-raise on the flop, we’re getting it all-in on the turn anyway. Guess it just wasn’t meant to be.

Hung around DTD for a bit, played like a twat in a £1/£1 game and made my way home.

Played a small tournament online on Friday while I worked, a €1 rebuy on Betfred on the iPoker Network. All was going swimmingly until I min-raised to 800 with As-Ac from under the gun and the button raised to 8,000! I raise all-in for 8,900 in total and he calls with pocket sevens and then flops a seven to bust me. Win that and I have a stack for a deep run.

Onto the next one.

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World Poker Tour UK stop confirmed; Dusk Till Dawn to host HUGE festival

Dusk Till Dawn’s (DTD) owner Rob Yong has confirmed in a new blog post that the World Poker Tour (WPT) will be coming to Nottingham in November 2014. It’s the latest in a string of massive festivals at DTD and their success supports a change in strategy for the UK’s number one poker venue.  In 2014 alone, Yong and…

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WPT comes to DTD

WORLD POKER TOUR (WPT) COMES TO DTDI am delighted to confirm The World Poker Tour (WPT) will arrive at Dusk Till Dawn this November, completing the quartet of major £1M + poker festivals to be held at our club in 2014. A full detailed festiv…

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UKIPT Nottingham hits Dusk Till Dawn with a £1m guarantee – and a warning by owner Rob Yong!

UKIPT Nottingham starts today at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn poker club and, with a huge £1m guarantee on the main event, it will be one of the UK’s biggest poker festivals of the year. Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong and the live events team at PokerStars have never shied away from trying out new…

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No Must Do Better

My first thought today on the way to work was “Must try harder”, my second thought was “No – Must Do Better”. OUR STRATEGY WILL BE TO FOCUS ON 4 MAJOR FESTIVALS PER ANNUM
I feel it is of the great importance to share DTD’s strategy with our member…

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Dusk Till Dawn to host Sky Poker 6-Max UK Poker Championships this summer

The inaugural Sky Poker UK Poker Championships in February 2014 was such a big success that Sky Poker and host venue Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) have decided to do it all over again this summer. The one difference this time round is that the entire festival will be played out in an exciting 6-max format. …

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Don’t Piss Down My Back and Tell Me it’s Raining

More “innovative” developments at DTD to “help” the poker community have been recently announced. The announcement goes as follows;

DTD Club Tourney players – from next week we will be returning to our previous system of deducting 10% from the prizepool instead of charging up front registration fees on tournaments. We strongly feel that this system is best for the huge majority of DTD players resulting in cheaper buy ins for all our comps, especially our lower buy ins, (eg. XXL 15 is £15 inclusive, XXL 25 is £25 inclusive and Super 50 is now £50 instead of £50+£8).We expect the Club to be worse off revenue wise in the short term – unless we get an uplift in player numbers (eg. 10% of £5K prizepool for a super 50 is £300 less than 100 x £8 reg fees) and we will still need to hit the same number of players to make our GTD prizepools BUT we believe the return to this pricing method benefits the overall long term ecology of the club over 52 weeks – by keeping more money in the majority of our players pockets. I have discussed this with all levels of players and recognise that some of the pros players /repeat winners do prefer the existing system but I feel this works better for our DTD business model which is mostly targeted at the majority/recreational player base. Cheers Aces

I totally disagree with this business model for a couple of reasons and strongly believe the “Old” standard model (£50 + £5, or £50 + £8) gives the charging structure total transparency. Players can see exactly what it’s costing them under the old/standard model and make a decision accordingly.

The first thing to say is with the old standard system is that re-buys and add-ons are not raked (though re-entries are) but with the new system the whole prizepool is raked no matter how it’s made up.

Now I fully understand that it’s virtually impossible to charge around 10% rake and make a profit out of a poker tournament and the casino only really benefits from MTT’s when it gets lots of runners in the venue who buy food/drink, spunk money on roulette and then play cash. (sounds like a typical Friday night).

What’s real the danger with the New System?

If they never increase the rake there is not too much wrong with it at all, as the only disadvantage is the add-ons and re-buys, but what worries me is when they then start to quietly increase the rake.

What if you played the next Grand Prix at DTD and in the small print it said something like due to the high cost of “X” we’ve had to deduct “Y” from the prizepool on this occasion.

With this system players will ultimately end up paying more without realising they are doing it and that’s what worries me the most.

If you have 2 card-rooms next door to each other, one with each system, and they both increase the rake over time it’s like someone who does his weekly shop at the supermarket and buys his petrol on the way out.

Every week he comes out and moans that the price of his shopping has gone up but the £50 per week he put’s in his tank always cost’s £50 and he doesn’t notice that the petrol has gone up every week as well until one week he runs out of petrol on the Wednesday!

Value For Money is the Key.

Because she’s worth it

I’d still pay the extra if DTD wanted to increase the rake because it’s worth it. The thing is it’s like Lidle versus Sainsburys you know you are going to pay less/more depending on where you shop but it’s your choice.

£20 + £2 for self deal, shit conditions and a bent game or £20 + £8 for a top class product in a safe environment with the best TD’s around and big prizepools? It’s a no brainer for me and DTD shouldn’t be afraid to increase it’s rake in a transparent manner.

DTD and all other UK casinos must look at Vegas and wish they could get away with charging what they do.

The last time I looked the Aria’s daily $125 tournament deducts $25 from the prizepool and the Caesar’s $70 comp takes out a whopping $20 per player! So it’s effectively a $50 + $20 comp or $50 + 40% extra or equivalent to a 28% rake on the total prizepool!

I’d like to see anyone in the UK try and get away with that! The truth is that currently things are so much in favour of the player that Casinos are in a no-win situation; they know if they start charging what they should charge to make it pay they lose all their customers in a heartbeat.

There is so much choice and competition in the Midlands that we don’t have to play any old shit comps any-more we just go somewhere else. I went to the G Cov last Friday (see previous post here) and hated the comps structure so this week I went somewhere else, it’s as simple as that. As a player “we’ve never had it so good”.

I seem to disagree with a lot that DTD does/says but generally speaking I’m glad it’s there. It’s a bit like Harrods, none of us go there that often but we’d be sad if it shut.

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DTD Has a Big Tournament Coming up.

My thoughts on the DTD/ISPT.
This will come as no surprise to anyone who plays poker in the UK but DTD has taken over the running of the ISPT event which is being played at Wembley stadium soon. If you are a UK poker player you’d have to be a tramp living in a cave with no internet connection for the last few months not to know that fact.

F me, this ISPT looks good.

They are offering all sorts of satellites and freerolls that people can enter and some of the super sats have been terrific value. Last Sunday’s 200 seat guarantee had approximately 480 runners which is just ridiculous value.

DTD seem determined to get the runners for this into the thousands even if they have to practically give the day 1 seats away.

Now one of the freerolls that I could have entry into is a special one for the owners of blogs. DTD posted this up on their Blonde Poker Forum a while back.

Dusk Till Dawn has announced an exclusive free roll for media and bloggers to win one of ten day one seats in the International Stadiums poker Tour.

The freeroll takes place on Monday May 6th at 8:00pm GMT on DuskTillDawnPoker.com and is open to anyone with a blog or website who promotes the ISPT satellite schedule. The tournament has a starting stack of 15,000 and there are 10 x €300 ISPT seats to be won. 

As this is a freeroll exclusively for poker bloggers and poker media, the field is small, meaning your chances of winning a seat will be much greater.

Simply create a post about the ISPT and share your thoughts on the event. Then at the end of the post copy and paste the HTML code below promoting the event. You can tweak the post a little as long as the core message remains. 

Then simply email Nicola@dusktilldawnpoker.com with the link and we will reply back with the password. Please don’t share the password as we will be matching off the winners with their blog post to make sure eligible bloggers win. 

So if I wanted the chance to win one of 10 free Day 1 seats all I had to do was do a post about it (which I’m doing) and ask for the password. (Which I won’t be doing)

Well call me nuts but although I’m writing about the event I will decline the offer of free entry to the satellite.

Why you might ask? Well I don’t have adverts on my blog, I don’t have Google AdSense, or any other form of sponsorship. When I write about something it’s because I think its worthy of being written about. Usually I write about stuff that interests, amuses or tilts me. (Usually I write about stuff that annoys me).

If I “publicise” a poker event it’s because I think it warrants it. I usually promote the APAT events because I totally agree with their philosophy about poker. I will sometimes just mention up and coming events that I intend to play, but whatever the reason there is no ulterior motive for me doing so.

I always try and just put my own thoughts down about stuff and I’d hate to be influenced by the fact that I was effectively being paid to promote something.

As I regularly get 200 people a week read my blog, a lot of whom are Midlands based poker players, it may come as no surprise to you that I’ve had several cardroom managers offer to comp me a drink, meal etc over recent years. I’ve declined on virtually every occasion because I know that at some point in the future I may want to slag off their cardroom and I don’t want to feel indebted to anyone.

I have in the past both praised and criticised DTD when I think it’s been warranted and I will always continue to do so. So thanks DTD for the kind offer of free entry into the satellite but no thanks.

So here are my thoughts on the ISPT.

When I first heard about it, long before DTD got involved, my first worry was that it was a scam! I’ve seen other poker events in the past advertised where people where encouraged to buy-in in advance only for the event not to go ahead and all the money disappear.
When I first looked at the website set up for the event it looked amateurish in the extreme and I was therefore very sceptical. So even allowing for the fact that I was seemingly wrong about that and the people were in fact genuine I still seriously doubted this would ever have had a chance of success if Rob Yong and DTD hadn’t got involved.

One thing DTD can do really well is promote the shit out of an event that’s for sure. (See my last post)

Rob is either very brave or mad to take this project on and then to go as far as guaranteeing the 1million Euro 1st prize. Lol, I’m currently leaning towards mad, but it certainly guarantees that on some level this will be a HUGE success. It will/has got huge attention and will continue to do so.

I doubt there will be a serious poker player in the UK who will not have a DTD online account by the time the Day 1’s are finished. Let’s be honest you’d be bonkers not to try and satellite in and every amateur player with 30euros and a dream will be trying to win a seat.

Even though I’ve refused the offer of a free seat I will play some “paid” satellites in the coming week(s) and I’d advise anyone else who normally plays a £30 comp at their local casino to use that money for this coming week to try and win a seat as well.

If I read the rules correctly you are better off playing Day 1’s online as you carry your chips forward. However the “high rollers” who just rock up to Wembley just get given Chip Average. If you blitz day 1 online you could start with a big advantage for day 2 (which is the real Wembley day 1 if that makes any sense)

So below is the link to the ISPT site that DTD wants promoting. 
I put the link on here for no other reason than I think Rob Yong on this occasion deserves support for what he’s attempting. Britain is famous for having people who are eccentric (mad) and they should be encouraged. If he does his bankroll on this event I may offer to buy him a drink!
As a matter of interest on Bank Holiday Monday instead of playing the bloggers freeroll on DTD I will be at the Gala Birmingham playing their £50 event. Details below.
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Pokers Social Media Explosion and Bloody Students

Not blogged for a while as shock horror I’ve gone and got myself something close to a real job. This means I’m getting out of bed to go to work about an hour or so after I used to get into bed. Consequently I’m unlikely to play midweek poker any more  and because I’m pretty knackered when I get home I don’t want to sit on my computer writing blog stuff either.
Just wanted to say something about two aspects of poker that are bringing out the grumpy old man in me lately. The abuse of Social Media and Student Poker players.

Social Media

I’m in danger of being the pot calling the kettle when I moan about the over use of Twitter when I’ve posted in excess of 2,500 tweets of which 95% are poker related. But here goes.

The way the poker industry is using social media these days has both pluses and minuses but they need to be careful not to alienate their “Facebook Fans” and Twitter “Followers” by over doing it.

Like most poker players I “follow” and “like” various poker businesses and players and on the positive side if there is something extra special going on then I’d like to know about it. However I do think that some companies are doing themselves a disservice.

Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) were probably the first casino to use social media as an out and out marketing tool and they did it (like most things they do) pretty well. However after a while I just got fed up with a constant barrage of emails, tweets, FB updates etc.

It got so bad that after a while I just deleted all their emails without even reading them as I just didn’t need to read them as they were plastering the same messages all over the poker forums I frequented and my twitter feed etc.

Back when DTD first started doing this they were pretty much the only ones but just lately my Twitter and Facebook timelines were awash with tweets and updates from card rooms I used to “follow”.

I say used to because I’ve deleted two for various reasons.

I’d follow more card rooms if they all used it sparingly, but when I get 6 or 7 tweets a night telling me there are 2 seats available in a cash game I’m not the slightest bit interested in, it gets a bit much.

One of my follows used to be the Broadway casino which was always my poker room of choice. Around 2003/04/05 I used to go there at least once a week. Back then it had the best tournaments/cash games around. The old £20 re-buy on a Friday used to make a prize pool of anything up to £15k which was immense. I used to run really well there and won or chopped it many times.

Even now the tournaments get good numbers and it always has thriving cash tables but I just don’t enjoy going there as much as I used to. Back then I used to really look forward to going there as I had a lot of good poker friends there and it was quite a social as well as profitable place for me.

Even though I still know and like a lot of the staff there I have “un-followed” them on Twitter as I only go there about once a year these days and they were constantly bombarding me with tweets about stuff that is of no interest to me.

Regarding tweets and updates a monthly special tournament is something that interests me but bog standard stuff on schedules that haven’t changed in years is of lesser interest.  

To be honest if I want to go and play a tournament I usually just check out the Midlands Poker forum for the listings and decide from there. 

Just lately my twitter and FB feeds were going into SPAM overload as I’d get (used to get) 30 – 40 Tweets/Facebook updates a day from card rooms.

What card rooms don’t seem to realise is that if someone is following them it’s probably because they go there and like the place anyway. So they have to remember they are often preaching to the converted. 
I’m far more selective about who I follow these days.


You cannot control the Interweb

Some companies need to be aware that once they let the genie out of the bottle with social media it isn’t possible to put it back in. Recently Starbucks caught a lot of flak over their UK Tax affairs or rather the fact that they weren’t actually paying any UK tax.

They used the hash tag #spreadthecheer for their own marketing but obviously protesters started hijacking it to spread support for local coffee shops and small business rather than endorsing the tax dodgers.

Too Little Too Latte
Also when Starbucks sponsored the outdoor Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum in London prior to Xmas they had a huge screen in the café that people could tweet messages on if they used a special hash tag.

Of course it didn’t take long for tweets along the lines of “tax avoiding MoFo’s” and “Pay your F****ing taxes” to appear on the big screen.

Earlier in 2012 McDonald’s Twitter campaign in the US was dubbed a “McFail” after the hash tag was ambushed by campaign groups and angry customers who used the hash tag to rubbish McD’s.

The G Casino Coventry has had its own small issue regarding social media when they ended up banning someone from the casino for comments made about a member of staff via twitter. Read about it in the Coventry Telegraph here

As a result of that episode the casino has started to strictly enforce its previously ignored social media rules on members of staff. I and a lot of other regulars have been un-friended from FB by members of staff as the management have told them they have to do it.

I think that’s total bollocks really. As if being FB friends with a customer is going encourage a member of staff to collude with them to cheat in the casino. Besides they can stay friends on FB with people that they knew before they started working at the casino.  Which I’d guess they’d be far more likely to collude with in any case!

Anyway in my own mini protest I no longer “like” G Covs FB page or “follow” them on twitter, as I think it’s too much for a company to try and tell their staff who they can and can’t be friends with.


Students Poker Players

I have never worn headphones at the poker table as I think it takes away a lot of free information available at the table as well as some of the social aspect of live poker but I have to confess I have seriously considered buying some recently.

On a few recent visits to various card rooms I’ve had the misfortune to be on the same table as some student players. Usually being on the table with just one is OK as they think there is no one on their poker level who will understand what they are saying so they generally stay quieter. But heaven help you when you are unfortunate enough to get 2 or 3 on your table.

The verbal diarrhoea that pours out of them is often too much to stand.

One thing I would say is it is testimony to the way the game has changed over the years that they are able to totally disrespect other players at the table and still be able to walk away from the table without the need for medical assistance. The game is so much more main stream now.

Back in the late 1970’s when I first started playing poker as a fresh faced 17 year old the game was a lot more “underground”. I’ve played in some pool halls, snooker clubs, taxi ranks, hot dog stands and private games that were in some pretty dangerous places. If trouble broke out you were pretty much on your own.
In those days I kept very quiet at the table unless I knew my opponents really well. It (poker) was more like playing in a wild west cowboy film where fights would break out occasionally. It wasn’t a regular occurrence but it happened enough times to make me more than a little wary. Unlike a John Wayne western I’ve never seen anyone shot at the poker table but I have witnessed some pretty violent incidents.

I have seen someone stabbed with a flick knife, though luckily for him he managed to move fast enough that it only caught him in the shoulder.

I saw someone glassed (he needed a dozen stitches) in a pub game once over a £5 pot and worst of all I was playing poker in a Cheltenham hotel during festival week and two Irishmen started fighting. It turned very nasty very quickly. I thought it had calmed down as they’d been separated but the one went and got a screwdriver and stabbed the other one in the neck with it.

He was collapsed on the floor when the medics arrived with the screwdriver still in his neck right up to the handle.

I’m not normally squeamish when it comes to seeing some claret but I have to say I nearly passed out, I thought he was dead. Fortunately they were able to save him. That argument started out as banter and a few rub downs/slow rolls later it erupted into a near death experience.

If these students that are giving me earache these days were playing 30 years ago they’d be lucky to survive a week.

They obviously play a different game to the way nitty old timers like me do and that’s fine. I think they are generally good for the game as they create action and big pots. I personally think they bluff too often to make it a profitable strategy long term. It wouldn’t be so bad if they were smart enough not to show when they bluff.

Later on in the night they usually end up moaning saying things like “how could you call that bet” and accusing the guy who called of being a total donk. What they don’t realise is that he probably just spite called them desperate to KO him from the comp so he doesn’t have to listen to the BS any longer.

They seem determined to give advice when it hasn’t been requested and worse still talk about players openly in derogatory terms as if they are not even there. What they don’t seem to grasp is there is no point in giving advice as the smart don’t need it and the stupid won’t heed it.

Besides why do they want to educate players to be better players?

I’m very pot and kettle here also as I’ve been guilty of voicing my opinions on peoples play at the table, though I tend to do it only in times of utter frustration. Only a couple of weeks ago I told a guy I folded the winning hand to him as “I gave him too much credit for intelligence”.

I can’t understand why they (students) play live in a field of 95% old farts like me and then moan about the way we play. They could always go and play on-line and leave us old timers to our game. That way there would be less chance of them waking up in an ambulance with a screwdriver in their neck.
APAT WCOAP

Anyway one poker festival that I’m happy to promote via twitter or FB actually needs no publicity as it’s a total sell out.

The APAT event currently on at DTD is run like a mini WSOP with a stud event, PLO, HORSE etc. There are bracelets to be won for each event. The whole thing is run brilliantly and Des and Leigh etc. deserve so much credit for what they do.

I played the 6 Max on Good Friday and I am playing the Main Event day 1b today (Sunday 31st March). Fridays visit was my first to DTD for over a year I think. It still run as well as ever. The dealers and valets were all very good.

Not that this fact influenced my opinion of the valets but the girls wear the skimpiest tops and shortest shorts imaginable. The one in the picture (Rose) approached me and said “They are £5 each” which I thought was very fair, but it turned out she was talking about raffle tickets. She said she needed my phone number in case I win a prize but I think it may have just been a ruse to get my number.
APAT Main Event

Obviously there are many tournaments that you can win more money in, but being a keen amateur player I’d be chuffed to bits if I could even make the final table of the APAT main event, yet alone win it.

Anyway thought I’d do a quick blog update before playing the main, as if I do fluke it then that will require a whole blog write up to itself. 
I can dream. ME Champion or a phone call from Rose, not sure which is less likely?
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Who’d Want to Run a Card Room?

Before I write about the main topic of this blog post I just wanted to mention Thomas French who like his brother Lee did rather well at the Ricoh during GUKPT week.
Thomas French
After finishing 5th for £1,060 in the £100 NL on the Saturday he then manages to chop the £100 NL Bounty tournament 4 way on the Monday but then played on to win the GUKPT tournament of champions seat. Well done mate.

Anyway Card Room Management.

So run a card room would you? It’s a tough job as lets be honest, 99% of poker players are not happy unless they’re moaning, me included. Get it right though and you will be turning them away, like the Gala Birmingham had to on Sunday.

The card room at the Gala can seat 90 players very comfortably, but Sunday they had 140 seated when the comp started and 65+ players on the alternates list and the list got longer and longer.

Every time someone busted they sat someone down on the seat before the guy had even left the card room. After 5x 25 min levels they managed to seat 188 and who knows what they could have seated with un-limited space and dealers, 250+ I reckon.

Gala B’ham
I actually had a bad seat draw as I was right by the desk and the whole time I had to listen to players on the list bleating. I had to laugh when one guy said “its shit I can’t get in, this card room will never do any good if they keep running it like this.” (He was being serious)

mmm. I wish I owned a retail outlet that was so busy people couldn’t get in it!

The Broadway must have benefitted from it as at least 20 players from the alternates list and several of the early bust outs also went up there to get a game. The Broadways afternoon comp only had 21 runners so I guess they were due a bit back in the evening.

The Gala casino added £5,000 to the prize pool to celebrate its “birthday” and I was one of 75 lucky people who won a seat into it for free. The other 113 paid £50 to enter and this was added to the pool for a total of £10,650. Awesome for a £50 comp.

Grand Prix Final
This is what low stakes recreational players want, an affordable buy in, a decent structure and with just a slim chance that they can luck box their way to a big payday.

This was supposedly a one off, though I’d bet good money that it will not actually be the case. At the Gala they traditionally run a £4k free-roll each month but it never ever generates the interest and buzz around the place that this did.


What about when they get it wrong?

Well it’s sad really as no one wants to see an empty card room, but sometimes they only have themselves to blame.

Too much of a Good Thing.

Card rooms make several mistakes and here is an example of the “too much of a good thing” mistake.

Take the Broadways Sunday afternoon £75 comp as an example. When it started it was a once a month comp and it quickly became successful. So what did they do? Obvious they started doing it every Sunday and immediately it died on its arse.

DTD always used to have the brilliantly successful £300 once a month comp and I won a satellite into it a few times and loved it. Then they had a great idea of the SUPER 50. A £50 equivalent of the £300, though just a 1 day thing.

Wow I thought I’ll definitely play that every month. It was a huge success initially so what did DTD do? They shoe horned a Super 50 into every available weekend day possible so they were jumbled up all over the place and you could never really be sure when they’d be on and soon it stopped being a big deal for me. If you can play an event every day there is always the thought “well I don’t feel like it today I play tomorrow instead.” So I ended up not going at all.

When its only one a month you really don’t want to miss it, and make a big effort to get there.


Garbage Structures and No Guarantees

15 minute blind structures, and piss poor prize pools are not going to encourage me to make the effort to have a shave and drive 30 miles to play.

I’ve often said on this blog how much I love the Ricoh (G Cov) but a lot of their comps are totally diabolical. Most of the normal comps have either 15 or 20 minute blind levels and no guarantee. For many reasons I prefer the Ricoh to the Gala Birmingham as a venue but I cannot in all reasonableness make an argument for not picking the Gala every time.

They have 4 x 30 minute levels at the start and the rest are 20 mins. They also have an un-conditional guarantee 7 nights a week. The blind levels could not be any longer as they get so many runners that mid-week comps finish way after 5.00am

I’ve been nagging Karl (Ricoh) for ages to raise the buy in on a Friday and Saturday to something meaningful. I love going there but when on a Friday night it gets 50 runners at £15 for a £750 pot. 1st prize is usually £220 and 7th gets about £20. It’s almost worse to min cash than it is to bubble.
To put that in perspective last night (Tues) the Gala’s £25 comp with a £1,500 guaranteed prize-pool collected £2,200 which equates to 88 runners. On a Tuesday!

So for ages I wanted it raised and I only meant to £20 or £25 then they could have put a £1k guarantee on it with dealers and I was confident that it would build up to the numbers it used to get in the Isle days. They used to get as many as 90 on a Friday then.

He’s finally done it and the new Friday night comp started last week. Crazily, I thought, they made it a £50 comp with a £2,500 guarantee!

I’ve got to be honest I thought he’d lost the plot. I turned up expecting 20 runners max and a £1,500 overlay but to my utter surprise they actually exceeded the guarantee.
The old excuse for not making it £25 was that “the locals can’t afford it”. My argument was, do you really want people in your casino who only come out on a Friday night with £15 in their pockets, drinking free soft drinks all night and making the place look untidy?
I think the turnout proved that if the comp has a good structure (it has a 30 min clock) and a guarantee players will support it.

Last Friday it was a really good tournament, fully dealer dealt with all of the better local players turning up for it. In fact I had a really tough seat draw surrounded by some right bandits. Comically though I manage to donate all my chips to one of the other players.

He limp/calls my raise 4 consecutive times. I lose them all, 99 < 44, then 88 < A8 then AK < K2. On the 4th occasion I was so short I just shoved in over his limp with 99 and he shows KK. (Running like a drain since 1976)

However I will be there this Friday for sure as it’s a really excellent comp. The play was just a little more “serious” than was usual for the £15 comp and the game was the better for it. The cash games looked busier afterwards as well; I’m guessing these players are generally more likely to sit at a cash table. So I hope it does well going forward.

The guarantee is a “progressive” one which means as they made the guarantee it will rise by £100 to £2,600 for this week.

When is a Guarantee Not a Guarantee?

The first joke I ever remember being told as a kid at school was “When is a door not a door? When it’s a jar.

Casinos offering guarantees that aren’t guarantees aren’t funny either. With the entire furore surrounding Partouche it’s been in the poker news quite a bit lately.

It’s not that long ago that DTD dropped there WSOP packages from 5 to 3 on the day of the tournament. I’m very surprised that they didn’t kop more flak from it than they did. I’m sure if it had been any other operator they’d have been flamed to death on various poker forums, especially Blonde. No one seems to dare speak ill of DTD for fear of getting banned but I doubt Surinder Sunar has too many kind words for them as he, so I was told, finished 4th.

Something else I’ve noticed recently is Guarantee’s being advertised with a * by them which says *Subject to 50 runners.

I don’t think this is right, it means if you turn up and they only have 20 runners then there is no guarantee at all?

For me the whole point of guarantees is to make sure that if I take the trouble to turn up there will be a decent amount of runners or the prize pool as if there was. I don’t expect ridiculously high guarantees as it serves no long term benefit to me as the comps just get cancelled.

However I’d be much happier with a reasonable amount say the equivalent of 30 – 40 runners.

Colin McTaggart has taken over the Star City poker room and is starting a £150 comp once a month with a £10,000 guarantee but it is subject to the 50 runner get out clause, so the worst case scenario for them has to add £2,500.

I think they would have been better off making it an unconditional guarantee of £5,000 and backing themselves to get at least 33 runners! 

Long term if they organise online and live satellites they should be able to generate seats for it in any case.  Personally I’d love to play it but with variance what it is I’m too tight to be stumping up £150 so it would only be via a satellite system.

The G Cov is running a monthly £100 comp stating from 26thOctober. Interestingly it runs over 2 evenings. 8.30 Fri night and re-starts 8.00pm Sat. It will have a 40 minute clock so it should be good and I hope they get some runners for it.

Taking Players For Granted.

I briefly mentioned the Broadway earlier in this post and that used to be my poker room of choice. (I still think it’s a fabulous casino) However I’ve played there once in the last 2 years I think. The title of this paragraph says it all really.

They have seen the Gala come along and take a lot of their regulars away and they just don’t seem to care. I doubt they’ve made more than few tweaks to their schedule in the last 5 years. Part of that is “if it isn’t broke” but a lot of it is complacency and a “don’t give a shit” attitude from the high up management team.”

I remember when Monday nights would get up to 150 runners. 150 on a Monday! All the other casinos in the Midlands added together wouldn’t have 150 punters in them on a Monday night.

A Rare PLO Tournament

For any Omaha players this is a rare chance to play a really good PLO tournament. Not sure if I can actually go myself but I am trying to arrange it so I can. It’s at the Gala this Sunday.

http://www.facebook.com/events/427462907294308/

The first one of these was run in memory of “Chief” who sadly passed away. It was such a success that they are having another one.

Competition is Good For Players
I really hope that the Grosvenor take over of Gala fails as the reduction in competition is bad for punters like me. When card rooms have to fight to grab their share of the poker players looking for a game it results in better offerings.
Long may it continue.

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Value is NOT a Dirty Word

Rob Yong and DTD have come in for some flak just lately and I have a big criticism to make though maybe not about what most would expect.

The club that portrays itself as the “White Knight” of the Poker industry has let its halo slip a little but I have no problem with that.

Firstly Rob had a prop bet with a couple of guys about how many chips he would win in the DTD Chip Leader promotion, then while he was playing live (UKIPT Dublin) it appeared that Rob was in fact also playing some of the online MTT’s trying to win chips.

Of course it wasn’t Rob but a friend of his who he’d allowed to borrow his online account to “learn” how to play. Apparently his wife won’t let him have his own account. Fair enough but did he need to play the CL sats surely it would have been better to ask him to play something else? Anyway whatever the ins and outs Rob apologised to all concerned and immediately paid out on the prop bet.

Now some people might question what the hell he was doing but for me I’m pretty cool about it. It wasn’t thought through by Rob but I would say all in all he is a pretty straightforward guy.

The second thing DTD has done to upset players was to reduce the Guarantee on the WSOP Package Events very close to the start time. This did cause some annoyance, as you might expect,  when several players had travelled a long way to play them.

I’ve read Robs long explanation and I have to say I have a lot of sympathy with his position on this issue. Though I do feel some people will think twice before travelling long distances to play “guaranteed” events in future. I do suspect that miserable bint (Yul Grinner I call her) on reception will have to field a few more calls than usual along the lines of “is the guarantee still on I’m travelling from xyz?” Serves her right, mardy arse.

But again I don’t have a major issue with this decision (though it may have been different if I’d been the guy in 4th or 5thwho didn’t then get a package). I’m sure if you look in DTD terms & conditions there will be a disclaimer somewhere so again I won’t moan too much about it, even though this isn’t the first time they’ve reduced guarantees on the day of a tournament. 

No my BIG criticism was a phrase he used when outlining his reasons for the guarantee reduction.

He used the phrase “Value Hunters” (VH’s) in the most derogatory fashion as if these people were the scum of the earth.

I was not at DTD when the WSOP thing happened and I have never requested they run WSOP satellites but I still take great exception to this remark. Mainly because I resemble that remark!

Yes I confess I’m a value hunter and I’m proud to be so.

When I go to any of the casinos I frequent looking to play cash if there is more than one table to choose from then I will be trying to get a seat on the table which I think gives me the greatest chance of success.

When I look to play a MTT at anyone of the dozen casinos I can drive to inside 45 minutes (DTD isn’t one of them) I always base my decision on a variety of factors but “value” is very near the top of the list.

In my opinion if you are NOT a value hunter, then you are a “mark” or a “fish” and you deserve to lose.  

Several things annoy me about the way we (VH’s) were referred to, not least whenever they look like having an overlay Simon Trumper spams my Facebook and Twitter time lines to death with messages calling on all VH’s to get in their cars and drive up and buy in. Thereby reducing the “value” and helping them out. 
They can’t have it both ways.

Where is my Current Value to be found?

For the next few weeks you will see me at G Coventry playing their cash games because they have a £10,000 free-roll I can qualify for. All I have to do is sit at a cash game for an hour and I get a stamp on my card and 12 stamps equals a 5k starting stack.
I have set myself a challenge of recording my profit/loss as I progress towards the Freeroll so I know exactly what it has cost me, if anything, to get the seat.

So far I have played two small sessions winning £40 and £27 respectively. So running total is £67 up and three stamps on my card. (If you stay past midnight on Sunday you get an extra stamp) Also I will be playing there on Monday and Tuesday nights as its double stamps. Yes Rob Yong I am ashamedly a “Value Hunter” and proud of it.

Also worth mentioning is the first four players at the cash tables gets a “Rake Free” voucher for the whole night. Steve Owen ( a habitual early bird) reckons it saves him £250 a week in rake which is not to be sniffed at.
Midlands Poker Forum

I am also playing the Midlands Poker Forum League as it offers some great value and the chance to win a £300 GUKPT seat and a Goliath seat. It seems pretty easy to qualify for the free-roll final as the first 2 weekly winners were me and Andy Bailess. If we can win anyone can!

I also won via the Midlands Poker Forum a seat for just £10 for the £10k guaranteed (£110 buy in) at G Walsall on Bank Holiday Monday and I went really close to a very deep run. It had about 120 entries and after some really eventful ups and downs I got down to the last two tables.

Sadly I then doubled up 3 short stacks when I could easily have KO’d them, losing one race and two others when I was 60/40. At this point the blinds were huge and I exited in 15th with 11 paid.

On the whole this was very soft field for a £100 comp. I had Paul Newman (not the actor the card player) on my table which is very tough as he is a class way above the average player at Walsall, but apart from him things were quite steady for me.

Things I sometimes say
I sometimes say things I don’t mean at the card table and here are a couple of examples, when I say “Nice Hand Sir” By hand I mean catch… and Sir means moron. Also when I say “Nice hand & wp” what I really mean is “you fucking jammy limp/calling wanker.”

Summary

So if I’m trying to get off your cash table you should take that as a compliment and if I’m saying “save me that seat next to you” your a fish.

If you are a card room manager and I want to play your MTT’s then you’re probably not going to make the guarantee tonight, or there is an added seat to something as part of the prize or the field is as soft as butter.

Yours truly.

Mr Value Hunter

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