Grinding to get entry!!!

So we’ve all been pretty rubbish at maintaining our blog. My deepest and most sincere apologies to every one of our thousands of followers. From here on out we will do our best to keep you all better informed of our poker escapades.

So, as Chris mentioned, the three of us headed down to Teesside with the goal of coming home a few thousand pounds richer. I’m not going to babble on about how well everything went, as Chris covered just about every aspect of our successful road trip in his most recent post.

They just shoved me in the back like an animal

Our next big event we have decided to tackle is the UKIPT Nottingham which takes place in February. The Nottingham leg of the tour usually has quite a large number of entries in comparison to the other stops (except the final in London) and the event takes place in one of the UK’s most well-established card rooms – Dusk Till Dawn. Really excited about heading down and checking out this card room, especially because we’ve been talking about the feasibility of opening our very own card room here in Edinburgh. I’m gonna be taking a similiar method to Chris in order to gain entry into the Nottingham event, basically grind and grind small stakes online and attempt to build a bankroll of between 8 and 9 hundred dollars and use that to cover my buy in. Hence the title of this post. Sounds relatively easy right? $800 in 3 months? piece of cake lol.

In other news, I’ve actually been doing alright recently in terms of profit/loss. Missed the first 3 weeks of the Wednesday League at the Casino, but played the 4th week and came 4th out of 48 (busted holding AA), played the 5th week and came 6th out of 45 (got it in PF holding A8, called by A7, 7 on the turn), so I’ve managed to rack up a few points and hopefully can continue to do well and finish in the top 12 after 12 weeks. Been doing quite well in our local Thursday and Sunday night games, was going for a hat-trick of wins last week but never managed to get there, still been winning on a regular basis though. Took it down last night for another £170 which was quite satisfying, managed to knock out both my blog-partners because they both shoved on me when I was holding hands that had them both CRUSHED 🙂 There is, however, one game which I have been unable to beat every single time I play in it. Its kinda weird too, because theoretically it should be the easiest game out of all the games I play in. The game I am speaking of is the £5 buy-in Nuts League Monday night game at The Pond. You can laugh all you want about the fact that I still play in a £5 game but to be honest its not about the money (cos even if i win, which i don’t, the prize money would barely cover beer for the night), I enjoy heading down to the pond cos everyone’s super chilled and it’s always a good laugh. I just realised that maybe the reason I don’t win at The Pond is because I spend the equivalent of 1st place prize money on beer? hhhmmmm but their beer is really good and I don’t drink whilst playing any other games. Another factor which I find strange about The Pond game is that Stefano seems to do really well in it every time. He won the league there last season, and if my memory serves me correctly, he took it down last Monday????? Maybe tonight’ll be my turn 🙂

I’ve decided to add a results section on our blog, just so we can monitor our progress (or lack there of). We’ll be keeping it updated with any cashes or wins any of us might have in any of the games we play in (live and online).

As always…thanks for reading…and keep GRINDING!!!!!!


more like 'I'm in the back, wake me up when we get there'



Slight Return (chris)

First off, let me apologise for the recent inactivity on our blog. I know that there must be thousands, if not tens of thousands, millions of you waiting on the edge of your seats for an update on our poker life.

I solemnly promise from here on out that I will absolutely, at the very least, think out about updating the blog once a week, maybe fortnight.

Anyhow, I bet you are wondering how we got on at the pokerplayer tour Teesside event? no? well im gonna tell you anyway; rubbish. none of us lasted to tea time and as the event started 2 hours late, due to not having enough chips (how ridiculous is that), that was a pretty poor performance by us all. We had thought about the ‘final’ but after the organisational shambles and the frankly rotten buffet (which they ran out of food on) I think we will give it a miss and use that to buy in to something else.

So I had a good spell for about 4 weeks up until last week. in that space of time I came 3rd and 2nd in the 6-max at the casino and won/cashed at our regular sit n go with the guys.

We have decided that we are going to play in the ukipt Nottingham in february, and to that end I have, today, started playing micro cash games on pokerstars to see if I can build my balance up to get a buy in.

Started fairly well today. I deposited $50 and took $25 into a $0.10-$0.25 6-max cash. I was up at $70 for a while, I told myself once I get past $75 I will cash out, $50 is  a good start, I didn’t get there. dunno if I gave myself a block but sat at $60-70 for about 30 mins, then found myself back at $45 after telling myself he can’t have a king on a paired king board. So I got it back up to over $50 and cashed out.

So I have a bank roll of about $80, only another $800 to go.

Stay tuned for more micro stakes cash excitement!

6 Max Free Roll And Other Things (Chris

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Hello again!

Time for another update.

First off lets run down what happened in the 6 max free role.

The format for this tournament was 12 qualifiers, 2 tables of six and chip stack relative to your final points amount. Average stack was about 15000 and there was about 2000 separating 4th and 12th with the top three not far off at all (I qualified in 8th position).

I am happy to say that Chase also qualified for this final and even happier that we were not sat at the same table to start with!

It went pretty well to start for both of us, in fact by the time we got down to a single table Chase and I had taken out every player so far between us. Got to the final table, I was fine, good stack and not too much bother, unfortunately Chase went card dead and ended up busting out in 5th place, we had a break then and the rest of the table started talking about just splitting up the cash between us, we were all pretty even stacked, with no clear leader and due to me having to work the next morning and it being after midnight already, i agreed.

£250 for a nights playing poker is good for me, feel a bit crappy that we decided to chop just after Chase busted, would much rather have had him in the chop also, but when we were 5 he was so short stacked it would have looked totally sus if I suggested splitting then!

A welcome return of our weekly/biweekly sit and go last week, now that 3/4 of our table return to action after a break for Ramadan. I’ve not had much joy so far but I’m sure a win will come shortly.

I have just bought my seat for the PokerPlayer Tour Stockton-Upon-Tees leg. Looking forward to that, a little road trip with Chase and Stefano and another leg of a national poker tour to play in.

I have a new toy that I am trying out at the moment, expect to see some video footage of us playing poker soon!

I’m feeling pretty good about poker at the moment, I think I am making good decisions and timing well. I am not a lucky player, I think everyone says this, but I do genuinely believe this and I try my hardest to minimise the effect luck has on any hand that i am involved in, this sometimes means that I can seem tight and passive to some and at times I probably am, but my biggest worry about the way I play is about the opportunities that I miss to gain extra value for my hands.

A prime example of this the other night, Stefano and I were in the hand and I had trip Jacks on an Ace high board, I was pretty sure Stefano had top pair (which he did) and he made a sizeable bet into me on the river and instead of raising, I just flat call. At the time I tell myself that I am only making the call because there was 3 spades out and what if he made some horrible flush on the river or full house.

Stefano helps with this as he takes the opposite line, where if you have a good hand a huge majority of the time it is going to be the best hand and watching that style of play has help me not to be so passive.

So hopefully we are learning and will continue to learn from each other, and that will then bring us all up another level!

Once again, thanks for reading and if you want to make any comments, praises, criticisms or random thoughts please feel free to do so!

The South African Contingent (Chase)

Gonna kick things off with a big What Up!!! and welcome to Our Poker Journey. My name is Chase and I’m the 3rd member of this degenerate trio of poker players.

Where did it all start? Ok let me think about this one, hhhmmmmmm… well I guess I kinda always knew what poker was from watching old western films and things like that, you know, the kinda films were the guy says “well I’ll see your 2000 and raise you 10000” and then he suddenly gets shot in the back! But even after watching such high quality value raises in these films, I never really knew the ins and outs of the game. I remember when I was really young (I’m talking like 8/9 years old), my mum would teach me how to play really bad card games like rummy, solitaire and another game kinda similar to BIG 2 ( I forgot the name), and damn I used to love beating her in those games. It wasn’t until I had been living in Edinburgh for a while, getting home from work at 2am watching the poker shows on late night telly, did I actually start to become interested in what these guys on TV were doing, why they were doing it, and how the dynamics of the game worked.

I’ve been playing for about 4 years now and this is how I really got hooked… I work in a bar/restaurant down by the shore in Leith and everyday on my way to work I would pass by a family owned Mexican restaurant ( The family wasn’t Mexican though, they were Italian), one day I noticed a small poster in the window advertising a £5 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold Em tournament every Thursday night, so the very next Thursday I headed down to the restaurant to play some poker. I walk in and straight away I recognise the lady behind the bar as well as her son, it’s the same people who own a coffee shop just off The Royal Mile next door to a pub I worked in for about 2 years, and where I used to frequently visit for a morning coffee and croissant. Damn Edinburgh’s small! And this is how I got to know Stefano. So every Thursday evening we would play poker in the restaurant until our eyes bled. Playing in the restaurant eventually led to playing in other pubs, which eventually led to playing in the casino on a regular basis.

I met Chris and his girlfriend Kerry through Stef, and I guess we soon came to realise that we had very similar interests and that we all play on a similar level ( maybe Chris and Stef will disagree with that one lol). Currently we play in a regular game on a Sunday night and make frequent appearances in the local casino tournaments. Its nice to have friends who have the same passion for an awesome game, they really make me think about what I’m doing and inspire me to improve my game and play the best I can. I think the 3 of us have different strengths and weaknesses which is why I believe we can learn a shit load from each other which will eventually lead to each one of us drastically improving our game and taking it to the next level.

As the other dudes have mentioned, all 3 of us want to start playing in bigger, more competetive tournaments in the near future, but it is hard as we all have regular jobs and don’t have the time and freedom that a lot of thes young guns do. But hopefully, with the help of each other, we’ll be cashing in big tourney’s soon and showing these youngster’s and pro’s a thing a two

A big shout out to everybody that comes accross our blog and gives it a read, every hit we get is an ispiration to us all.

Much love and respect

Peace out for now

One day I will have a WSOP Main Event chip stack 🙂

A lil info (stefano)

What can I say??……..
I’ll start by saying ciao(hello),
I’m Stefano and I’m crazy about poker!
My friends Chris and Chase suggested we take everybody along on our journey of poker greatness ;), the ups, the downs and the damn right outrageous! so welcome.
I’ve played poker for around 6-7 years but only in the last 3-4 did I start to take it a bit more seriously and start to educate myself to get better. For me the more I learned the more I wanted to learn…. I’m hooked,love it!
I work a fair bit so my lifestyle is not ideal for playing serious on a daily grind ..but one day all that will change(hopefully;)), one day this will be my work!
To be continued…..


The State Of Play So Far (Chris)

Hopefully the way this will work is each of us will be posting individually, with the exception of when we play in big tourneys together. Chase and Stefano will publish soon after we sort out some technical details!

Many years ago, after watching a bit of ‘Late Night Poker‘ on Channel 4, I tried playing Texas Hold-Em with friends. It was fun, never really took it seriously. About 5 years ago I moved to Edinburgh and met a few guys who had the same sort of interest in poker as I did and we started a weekly £5 game where we just messed about and had some beers etc.

Through that game I met Stefano, and about a year ago we started playing in a private £10 rebuy with some lads at a local casino, which i have done pretty well in. I am pretty sure I have made money at that game!

At the Circus Casino there is a 6 max on a Wednesday night which I play in £10 plus 2x £10 rebuys, i have won this twice (about £400 then £500) so I am up in that game also and have qualified for a £1000 free-roll due the the league system they employ (which happens wednesday 31st)

This is my first ever table in my first ever major tournament, the UKIPT Edinburgh leg!

And what a tough table it is, that’s me in the orange t-shirt, the guy to my right is poker legend Neil Channing, 2 to my left is 2 time UKIPT champion Nick Abou Risk and the man to the right of the dealer is Jessie May, poker commentator and ex pro.

Even though it was my first major tournament, I did not feel uncomfortable or out of place, I did make it to day 2, came about 110 out of about 530.

The experience of playing in the UKIPT has given me confidence for playing in other big tournaments and has inspired myself and Stefano and Chase to chronicle our poker experiences up to now and into the future.

We intend to blog about tournaments upcoming, hopefully including pictures, videos and any other types of media we can get our hands on, there will be a page set up for discussions about specific poker hands.

Thank you for reading and hopefully we can provide some interest and entertaiment.