Alrit Stumpy here,

Its been a busy week, starting with last saturday travelled to m,boro for the new £100 f/o,was doing well and down to 3 tables from a 120 runners when i get 88 raised and the biggest fish on the table called, he had been on my table most of the day and I know he likes his A rags and KQS so when the flop comes AK7 and he bets into me I insta fold and he shows me ace, now down to 24k and pik up AK, buzz ships in before me and I call he has JQ 1st card K weeee then QQ and im down too 2k allin next hand and out.then I sit down on the £5-£5 plo cash table with £200 me and DC go halfers and I come off with a £200 profitso just a small loss on the day.

Monday morning I have another losing session on full tilt its been 3 weeks of running bad so decide to have a go on pokerstars and buyin to a $33 mtt and few hours later im doing a 3 way deal for 2.5kish weeeeeeee so im staying on pokerstars until i start running bad.

This years online total now 12k. A hand from the stars mtt I was on the button with AQ raised sb calls bb calls flop AQJ 3 allins and the hands were sb QQ bb JJ me AQ mmm thanx stars.

Tuesday was at circus with Mrs Stumpy,my tourney was awful and ended when raised with A6 1 fishy caller flop AK5 i c-bet he calls turn Q i have a horrible feeling he has KQ but my only move is allin and he calls with KQ!
Mrs Stumpy gets another 4 way chop for £335 and this takes her into 3rd position in the league not bad as she has only been playing 1 1/2 years, I make £40 in cash and im still 8th in the league so it looks like we are both going to make the playoff.

Thursday I play aspers £30 f/o and finished 7th losing 65K in 2 hands,1st hand button ships for 32k sb ships 16k and I have A 10 bb i no im winning the button and the next 4 places pay similar money so i call button JQ ,sb 77, flop J73 and im last, shit! then next hand 77 allin called by QQ nd out for £80.

Saturday was at aspers for oneway poker £50 f/o and couldnt believe it got 200+ runners and got seat 1 and dealt for 7 1/2 hrs and was knackered when I got in, didnt get much all day and grinded my stack upto 28k av 45k and 45 back for the next day.there was 2 lads raising lite all day, I was waiting to catch them and Sunday I started picking up some hands,young lad raised again and I shipped on him with KK he folded next orbit he ships allin with 8-4 and i call with AA lol now i have playable stack and hang round 100k mark when all my raises get thro without any action till I push J-9 allin and bb calls with 22 and I brick it and finish 12th for £160, really pleased with the way im playing just need a break at the right time.
I met some of the lads from oneway poker and have to say they were canny craic and a nice bunch of lads.
Its been a busy but enjoyable and profitable week.

Keep on smiling,


Punch him in the Face

Heres a useful little site youre able to vent some anger on if theres anyone thats getting to you

One of the biggest hits at the moment is the favourite guy of the North East

Mike Ashley

Have fun !!!!

Getting better

Alrit stumpy here,

Its been a busy 3 weeks starting off with the forum champinship,a great 2 days of poker and some great craic.I built my stackup nicely till about 22 left out of 100 had 40k when Sean Mcguigan raised from the sb i have aj bb so i ship it in, Sean calls with 77 flops a set nd im down to 10k a few alins with atcs and we are down to 20 players nd back next day I have 13k.

Meet up with DC nd Scott for dinner nd have a laff before we set off for circus, dave is chip leader and i know how much he wants to win his own championships and if I cant win im hoping he does, well he bought Mr nd Mrs Stumpys dinner ye nah lol.

So day 2 I need a dup and Ridlas is in the bb and I tell him im pushing if its folded to me as I run so good v the Ridla,1st card is an ace so I ship nd take the blinds sos Ridla,then I win another pot now on 27k next hand DC raises I have ak sooted allin calls 77 1st card ace weeeeeeeeeee 3rd card 7 im out in 15th gutted but pleased the way I played and over the moon for DC who went onto win. Great weekend and a great result for DC nice 1 mate

Went to circus on the tuesday and chopped it 4 ways for £340 and some much needed points in the league im in 8th and top ten qualify so in with a chance, finished 12th last week just missing out on points so 2 weeks to go prolly need 1 more ft to make it.

14th november was the grosvener team game my debut for the dobbers,I was full of flu on arrival,risked a bottle of corona nd never looked back,deffo a flu killer haha,got off to a nice start with a dup from BobtheGob who cudnt fold aa on a 642 flop i had trip 2s.Bob didnt even make the buffet so plenty left for everyone, I work my stack upto 18k when I get aa I raise farmer dave 3 bets me nd hes priced in to call with aq so now comfy on 38kish but then get moved and totally card dead for ages but grind my way to final table.The ft i ship 1st hand with j 10 then dup with kk v the geeks j 10 then with 7 left we are told if me or philmc arent the next ones out we win the team game. So its fold for the win lol until a 3 way allin involving portanus a8 v gimac ad qd v Phil with qq flop comes 2 ds turn brick then rvr qd which gives gimac flush but gives Phil full house and we have won the team game and started jumping round like nutters with all the other dobbas who had stayed back to rail.It turned out to be a great event with 6 of the 8 teams from the forum.I went out 5th and samj went on 2 beat portanus headsup. The rail from 3 tables down was class,with the sensations, dobbas, radgies, northern lights, nd the cubs making it a great atmosphere.

My online grind came off the rails last month -$1200 worst month so far ran really bad and also had flu for 2 weeks and shudnt of played tbh, just hope it changes soon.

keep on smiling stumpy.

Some mutha fucka sickos around!!!

Just thought Id post up here some of the crap I have to put up with at work and highlights the fkn lunatics that are around. I get these calls quite regular tbh but have now involved the police to try n trace back the calls and get to the bottom of this. Could well be some extremist group that think companies are polluting the world and as such are threatening their families and killing them. Thats the only logical explanation I can come up with for this nutter.

call 1

This is another phone call we have received from the same person claiming we have sent information about investment opportunities in Global Warming. This time the guy is claiming to be Stephen Levington from Warwickshire County Council and is pretending to be normal at the start. He soon turns to his mother fucker abuse as normal.

call 2

And another one received a couple of hours after call 2

The mother fucker man calls back again who now wants to kill the Police.

call 3

Lose yet win!!!

Decide to make the trip down to Teeside Gala to take in their new monthly £100 game with £1000 added.
Travel down with fellow Dobbas Can Only Get Better & Stumpy joined by SamJ and get there in good time for registration. Had a max field of 120 and pre reg before 5.50 got you an added 1000 chips in a 9k stack. 1st 2 levels of 45 mins followed by 30 mins and a finish time of 4.30 was always doubtful taking into consideration the breaks and start times which was proved to be right. Game ends up chopped up 8 way with chip stack ratios and Chipmunk took away about £1400
As for me well I had bought COGB into the game on an agreed split so was double handed in and although for most of the game COGB looked in such a good position to make a decent cash he eventually bust out 12th with the main damage being done when his mid pos raise was shipped on and his call with 77 was outdrawn by the shiping AK.
I had started really well and had a very good table in that it was very passive and I was able to easy take down alot of pots and grow at a good pace. That was until this hand in level 2 of 50/100. I make it 400 with AA to get looked up by the BB. The flop of 248 rainbow was nice and i bet 800 after he checks it. Turn brings 6c giving 2 club board and after another ck I put in 2k to which he ships all in for over 9k. Ive probably got 10k behind and after bit of table talk n vibes coming back Im sure hes setted up so fold face up hoping he will also show his hand which he does............................. 99!!!! mmmmmmmmmmmmm well played!.
Wouldnt mind any comments for those that can be bovved to reply
Guy slow plays AA from the sb on me in 3 way pot and his set is too much for my 2 pair which does more damage. Eventually as blinds n antes are biting I ship my 9bbs with 66 to get looked up by the BB with AK who houses up.
Decent enough game with room for future improvement with excellent pot of £13100 and chops for Chipmunk, and 3 other NPFrs that included Avkid, Buzz n Lynne Beaumont

Put £100 into cash game with Samj who returns £160 and £100 into Stumpy for £5/£5 Omaha table and he ship out with £415 which covers the costs and a slight profit for the night. Totally wrecked leaving around 3.30am with final table about to start and fall asleep as soon as I get in car so apologise for bad snoring all the way home to the 3 lads in the car

edit: Play the Poker Stars millions for our NPF syndicate and get min cash for $315 going out around the 1000 left mark when shipping c/o with 55 for 40k n BB obv thinks Ive got A3 as he snaps with A4 to bink an Ace wp

Coral Masters Exclusive

Congratulations to NPF member Mark Trett in taking down the Corals Masters £10k Sponsored package that was played out last week.
Marks a very active and proud member of the NPF as you can see by his attire and came into our office to do an Exclusive one to one interview the day after his win.


Made the journey down to Blackpool to take part in the GUKPT Main Event for day 1b Friday and meet up with a few NPF ers including fellow Dobba Xenocode, Mullet, Graham, Madasawasp and Hitthehole Tom Middleton. Notice Xenocode has an absolute nightmare table but when I get my seat Im very happy with it although it does include Zach Ford and previous Champions winner Mike Ellis. I actually thought I was sat next to Steve Holden at 1st but was a guy called Jeff Hemmerman. Can I just say this guy was an absolute gentleman and was a pleasure to be in his company all day at the table. He was an ex pro footballer and played poker with a good solid game but with a great attitude and with respect to his fellow players at the table.

I was delighted to see he went very deep with a great 5th place finish getting it in AJ v KK for board to run out AJ10 K rag. was telling me he was lined up for a move to Everton but a bad knee injury last game of season ruined that only for Everton to then sign no other than Gary Lineker as his replacement.
As for me well although busting out 20 mins from end of day all in all I think I played some of my best poker of all year. Got stacked up to a peak of 35k at one stage mainly due to calling a raise from Zach Ford with 88 for flop of 6s7s8. My re raise to his bet was shipped on and my call held to his As3s which missed.
Got into a few hands with a young lad at table which eventually involved a big hit to my stack. After an early limp limp the young lad (Gary Orchard) put a 1000 chip in but did not say anything and when it got to me on the BB I was holding 10 10 with 4 in pot. I asked the young lad did he raise ( to see his reaction) and he said no just a flat call which the dealer then confirmed so i made it 1200 to play on 150/300 to hopefully take it down. Fold fold back to him who then 3 bets me which he had twice before. After thinking it through I decided to ship in having him well covered and he can only call with AA or KK imo. Snap call and I know im in trouble with him flipping KK. Nice limp!!! but he explained he made mistake putting his bet in and was meaning to raise which in hindsight I should of took my foot off the pedal and played the hand less aggressive. Back to the pack then and the task of regaining chips. Not long after that a hand occured which to the player involved basically changed his tournie with in the end was a bad play. New player comes to the table with decent stack 30/40k and after only 4 hands at the table on his BB he faces a raise to 1500 on 200/400 by the young lad who took my chips and a call by Mike Ellis who obv has a good hand as well. The new BB ( Gemal) then ships all in for young lad to move all in as awell. Mike Ellis folds and its AK v QQ. Mike folded 10 10.
Flop comes Q rag rag, 10 turn and Gemal up off seat and walking past the young lad says nice hand offering his handshake and as soon as they shake the JACK come booming down to give the AK the straight and basically cripples the young lad. he sort of went on tilt after that and bust out soon after.
I was on yo yo but making chips with very little yet unable to get that major double up i needed. Lost a few of the original starting line up of table and as we got later into the day I was finding it difficult to pick up a hand and started to lose track abit. Eventually with 20 mins of the day left I picked up AsJs in the BB and when Julian Thew made a standard raise I decided that was good enuff with only 8bbs left behind me shipped in for Julian to snap with QQ. No help and out.
Sometimes bust out of games and think should of done this or that but overall I was very pleased with how i played so no real disappointment. Decided not to stay over night and drove straight home getting back about 5.30am after getting a couple of hours snooze in a motorway services. Although Xenocode made day 2 I know he had struggled all day to get cards and eventually bust out early on day 2. Good news for Mullet though picking up £2200 for I think 18th spot and a few quid back for me holding 5% in him.

Saturday night was a team game organised by the Grosvenor whose cardroom of late has been somewhat empty. Ends up with 8 teams entered with 6 of these made up from the forum teams that have evolved. Obvious big bragging rights here and the game turned into a virtual NPF event and in typical NPF style the last 2 tables in were manic.
Dobbas were looking massive with 9 left from our 10 with 30 left and top 20 scoring. A quick succession of exits left only 3 of us in the points with COGB, Stumpy and Phlmc flying the flag. I had been flying but got too involved with AcKc holding having to fold to guy Im sure had QQ or JJ min and folded to re raise of my cb on a 779 board. Not long after that I ship to a raise by Samj with me holding AJ on my BB and he eventually calls showing KJ. was looking safe but we all know Samj rarely misses and sure enough he rivers the K to take me out.
Last 2 tables and especially the final table were awesome with a huge rail and patter n crack were unreal as anyone of 4 teams could still win it.Ill be honest in that basically Loosemans Radgie team blew it but gotta take ya hats off to our 3 lads left with COGB getting vital points busting just short of the final table and to Stumpy n Phlmc who grinded the short stacks they had into a winning team position with 4th n 5th place finishes giving Teamdobbs the Champions spot and the bragging rights to go with it weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ship it here.


Hey kids,

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, dobbas take down the grovna team game- finally we won one of these.

Been a while so Ill start a bit further back. The champs, drank the night before and caned it as soon as I got there; played awful, less said about my disgraceful state throughout the night the better- shameful and a shambles tbh.

Errr played a few games with little joy until teamdobbers rolled up to the grov for their team game. Piss poor starting table, couple of good local players with a few hero fish, happy with that. Made a few plays added a small bit to my stack then after the first break het moved. Got down to 6K from a start of 7K decided to make a move on durrrr wannabee and sealed a couple of ok pots, got moved had around 11K. First hand utg limper for 600 I make it three, the donkey of the costa family ships for 3600, with KQ to my AQ and makes a flush; down to 6K. Only player I had much respect for (couple of decent rocks but not my concern) to my right and went about nicking and outplaying horrendous radgies.

Got moved to dobbas table hes tanking it as are sewell and faetzie (local crackpot) on other tables for the dobbs. Nick the blinds a few hands then reraise dreamdobb (not a dobber) and he calls with AJ to my KK and it stands. I then get a sweet run of cards and tally up a good number of chips; would have had way more if id had been playing more regularly live. Let myself get short after going totally carddead. Ship all in on stumpys missus' BB and she snaps me with JJ to my K6, two 6s on the flop and a dobba celebration later and im back in business. Junior bomba of the sensationsships in my sb and i see an A and snap call knowing he has air. A5 vs Q6 and I spike the A to take down a tidy pot. We at this stage have 3 in the cash after having 9/30 and its really tight between 4/5 teams. Canonlygetbetter goes next and leaves just me and stumpy. Im on the hustle now to get off the shortstack and go for first but the bubble burst on a massive pot between two radgies and a small one for another radgie crippled previous. tut tut looseman an accountant and hadnt worked out that if he only had to survived a couple of places and they were basically nailed on to win.

Me and stumpy play a holding game on FT and it really starts to go our way as players fall. when a sensation falls we know they cant beat us as we already had a point over them and now had a further 3 to add. Our last threat is looses radgies with just gimac left but two scorers on the ft bubble. sewells pap raises utg and gimac shoves his shortstack; i look down at QQ and see it instantly as a spot to take him out and win the game with the added bonus of another player in the pot to take him out. flop is 10 10 x, cant remember if he flops the flush draw or makes it on the turn, river is a heart; but the Q of hearts; I just about treble up and a massive celebration ensues; after the tards on my team realise he hasnt got the winning hand.

Weve won and i inform stumpy im now gunning for him for the craic. In reality i wanna see a dobba ship it. stumpy is next gone and its just me two radgies with massive stacks and a good young player samj of the sensations (and their ever awesome rail). Hes let sewells dads unorthodox play tilt him abit and is the only player left I could really accept getting beat off. Sensations need to outlast one of the radgies for second so I set about smashing up the radgies abit. raise to 25K on smoggies BB and he insta reraise and tbh gives a woeful tell, and i snap allin he calls; I show AQ he show 10, 6cc and tries to explain his appalling play but its obvious he just did it coz his cards were suited. He obviously wins as shite play always gets rewarded and im out in 4th. Go off to gather myself and react as maturely as i can and shake all players remainings hand, but want out of the cardroom so i dont have to hear the excuses for the play, as I know ill say summit Ill regret (as ever).

Go back and cheers samj on as sensation rail has been matched only by dobbas and tbh the only two proper teams. He takes it down in a grudge match against sewells dad after a chop for the money.

Thoroughly enjoyed it, rail was awesome and the win was just simply great

Grosvenor team event.

Firstly, congrats to the lads for taking the team event down.

As always I enjoyed the crack and had a good time in general. I haven't posted or played for a while so it's good to post something nice however, I have come to the conclusion that I shouldn't be playing at the moment. I knew this anyway but my performance today confirmed this.

I played awful all day, got lucky in level 2 to suckout a river when all in for a chop and things didn't get any better.

Without going into detail I later got myself into a situation with a team mate that a little observation would have prevented.

I should feel happy to be part of the winning team tonight but I don't. I contributed nothing and really must have a word with myself and sort things out.

Tonight should have been a night for celebration but my self loathing has taken over. I was that dissapointed with myself that I left straight after busting out and for that I apologise to the lads.

Well done lads on a great job cementing our place as the top NPF team and look forward to the next one, aslong as it's not anytime soon.

Weeeeeeeee ship the GUKPT

Been ill since last Friday when we did the music video and I blame it down to some paint fume poisoning after using wrong apint to paint the studio wall. Was so ill Tuesday I didnt go to work and cudnt even face going to Circus for my normal Tuesday night game.
Should of been going to Blackpool as well for the GUKPT but the way I feel was no way I could face that. Decide to fill some time in and end up playing a freeroll on Blue Square for a £1300 GUKPT Package and expect the normal donk out early doors but chugg along although never really getting any sort of decent stack. Bit of luck when aqueezing from my BB with Qs5s with 5 limpers and when called by 10 10 its looking curtains but runner runner gives me straight and then AA v KK puts me comfy.
Make ft and 2nd lowest stack with one guy going on a single handed rampage taking one after another out until I get heads up with him. Hands then fell into place for me before eventually taking it down and a very nice £1300 GUKPT package from Inside Poker

My 1st Poker Medal : )

Well been a while since i last posted, main reason i tend to "sing when I'm winning" and well, i ain't been winning at much lately !

Quick update.... Still effn jobless, 6 months now, longest I've been outta work since i was 16. Had a couple of days here and there and doing the odd thing to make ends meet but nothing full time. Still a couple of things in the pipe line so Xmas ain't cancelled just yet!!

Poker wise cant complain really. Haven't had much chance to play live due to lack of funds so most of my time has been spent "grinding" online . Think i have progressed slightly of late in terms of BRM with a big help being the challenge on the NPF, a lot of good came out of that imo for the average Joe like my self, but its very hard to stick to and very easy to slip up. Ran deep in a few MTT's chasing that big score but cant seem to get over that final hurdle, 13/2400- 27/6200 etc.. so close yet so far but feel its just round the corner so will stick with it for now.

Personally i prefer live poker much better, don't know if saying its easier is the right term but i definately feel more comfortable with it. Played the 500 added @ Circus a few weeks back (cheers Dad) and fared OK considering the shite i was getting dealt, got it in with AKs 3 tables out only to get looked up by 22 (???wtf) and bricked the board, sigh !

And onto one of my poker playing highlights, the recent NPF Championships. As everyone else i imagine, i was well hyped for this and sooo looking forward to it. By far the best atmospheres at these official NPF events and imo the poker comes second best to most. Got off to a great start with an early double up at the expense of the Radgie leader, the Looseman. Managed to build my stack upto the 60k mark with little effort after then. With an hour left of play on day 1, disaster struck ! Pads UTG+1 intends to raise but Mr Flushy (table dealer) calls a string bet so a call is declared, nxt to act, Dave Minchella flats too, folded round to my BB, i have Q3 spades :(
flop 2-3-10 Pads chks, (so im thinking big A, AK AQ etc) Dave then fires 3k, bout half the pot. OK, excuses time.... I've been playn now for nearing 9 hrs and my thought process just wasn't there, or what it was earlier on in the tourney. Without thinking i flat call, Pads mucks. Turn the killer Q. Minchella fires pot sized bet, and again without thinking i insta shipp it all in, get snapped called and he flips over 33 for the set, miss my Q on the river and i sink in to my chair thinking WTf have i just done ! I let the dealer count out my chips and shipp the necessary owed, he returns 3k back to me and gives Minchella the chip leader pot 90k+ :( , I'm sure he had some black ones hidden round the back, their stacks never look that big do they lol ! Chips in hand im ready to shipp ATC next hand and theres a fkn break called. FKN great i think, I've got 10 Min's to stu over what a pleb i am, just let me get out ov here! But I'm glad that break came, went to get some fresh air and a chat with some boys telling them my "badbeat" lol. Got some sound advice from Buzz and Milo, fk the ATC craic and wait for a K or better to get it in with. And that's exactly what i did, 5 double ups'ish later (with the best hand every time i must admit :) ) and im back upto the 40k + mark with an Av stack! , Crazy game at times no ?

Were now down to 24/25ish players left, and with only 20 coming back for day 2 I'm thinking this is going to be close. Manage to get some nice hands that enables me to scrap thru to the second day with the short stack.

Onto day 2, to I get dealt AJs early on in an EP and shipp it in looking for a double up. I get snapped of the rock that is Phil Buttler, (PJB Aces) with KK .FK, but i get lucky with the miracle ace on the river that cripples Phil but gives me a healthier stack to progress the Final Table.

Fair to say i was over the moon making the FT considering the caliber of players in the field. I started the FT with the second shortest stack. Gave up waiting for a hand after 30 mins of play and decide my K 10 of spades was pretty enough to shipp my last 5bb's ! Get looked up of AK and its busto in 8th, was kicking myself afterwards like, UTG+1 isnt the time or the place to be doing that with that hand! Oh well live and learn eh !!

Got my first poker medal for my efforts and sits proudly amongst my old football trophy's : )
Also scooped the star prize in the raffle too, the I-Pod nano, so all in all a great weekend and cant wait for the next one.

Next up for COGB is the team game this coming Saturday shortly followed by Smoggies Unofficial Live League Final, cant wait for both and hoping to improve on past results.

Well that's all for now, happy blogging guys !

Ooop nearly forget to mention the gaffer. Megga well done to Teamdobb for taking the Championship down. I know how much we wudda been wanting to win it and the guy thoroughly deserved it and tbh he demolished the final table with some great power poker

Peace, Paul :)


wow - here is a rarity a blog post from The card guard kid. in all honesty since we changed the look of the blog i had forgotten how to post and DC reminded me last week so thought id stick one in now.

Well where to start - i suppose firstly recent poker form has been roughly the same as ever - running terrible and some bad beats - but interweaved into this have been some ok results. chopped circus £75 on saturday for £700 and 2 final tables week before in circus for aboot £500 in total is not too bad as i only really play one live tourney a week now. Even managed to spin $50 up to $1769 on line - even though its so totally and obviously rigged, so not a bad month for me and added to this some nice roulette shippers with me new found roulette partner ' the sensation' , couple of good horse bets, one secent football bet and even a profit on gettting on lucy to go on x factor after she had sung her sing off song at 9.4/1 has made last 6 weeks very profitable.
Our football syndicate on the NPF has come close last few weeks with us getting 3 scores right and being one goal off in other games - so chin up boys we hit it big soon.
Ok the last month has been a busy one for me as the run up to the championships and the stuff after has seen me spend lots of time at ' Bannisters HQ' recording bits and pieces which are now all on the forum and also our best video to date is on the blog now. Gotta say the sensations that turned up were real pro's and made a really hard job look easy - now just to get them injected with some rhythm and they be good to go!!!
Talking of the championships - VERY WELL PLAYED DC. pleasure to watch for 2 days and so pleased a mate and fellow dobba took it down - well deserved imo. Honorable mentions to COGB for a great showing in final tabling, MAG1892 so so unlucky to be bubble boy for 2nd year in a row and stumpy for getting close - since becoming a dobba i watched his play more carefully and he is different class.
Have to say thanks to everyone for the nice comments and messages regarding the championships. I really really enjoy doing what i do and i hope it comes across in the way i try to entertain. Im sure im not to everyones taste but pleasing the majority will do fine for me. Its an easy job when ya like doing it. Bad mention for honourary dobba juicy oranges who took great delight in skinting the bookies this year - £700 taken in bets and £1200 paid oot - thanks mate gonna be a bad xmas in the CGK and DC hooses this year!!!!!!!
Ok onwards i have a little surprise in store for xmas and me and S2C will be working on something special and hope to get it on the forum by xmas eve - if it comes off be well worth waiting for.
reet typed oot now so laters
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Mags NPF Champs

Only played live once in the last 6 weeks so I was really looking forward to this weekend for the most prestigious NPF tourney of the year, also meeting up with old and new members of the forum.

Day 1
Before game starts meet up with a few friends that I haven't seen in a while especially my good friend Philmc , who I haven't seen in a while due to work commitments , great to catch up with my fellow dobba's also Xenecode , cgk , Chipmunk , COGB , Stumpy , Teamdobb & never seen Cowhead but apparently he was getting drunk :).

the game . Gets a tough table table with some impressive players drawn on it , Roscopiko , Gottilt4 , Herbie and the very impressive Jon Lundy amongst others , tbh every table was pretty impressive with the cream of Newcastle playing this tourney.

As expected Jon Lundy was dominating in the first level , picking up on week plays and betting to get players off pots , then Roscopiko wakes up and starts getting involved in some juicey pots with Jon , was some very good play by these 2 in the first 2-3 levels , Steven the teacher was our first casualty , after limping into nearly every pot with the likes of 9 4 , j 3 and q 7 etc he limps into another pot with Lundy , flop was 9d 7d x stevn bets Jon re pops which Steven calls t is 4d Steven checks Jon bets river ah steven is allin Jon calls with jqd for flush Steven as js ? lol.

My first big decision of day comes when i get JJ utg+2 I raise pre to 1600 after a raise Jon calls who is to my immediate left and the Quietman goes allin for about 7.5k everyone else folds so back round to me , after thinking for about 3 mins I fold ( im thinking hes hardly played a hand and Jons still to act am I actully in front at best its gonna be race ) Jon calls and to my horror Quietman shows 99 and Jon shows 105 s , Jon hits a 10 to send Quietman to the rails , the table gets busy with a few players getting put on and leaving shortly afterwards with Roscopiko taking a few out , and also had a very good stack of chips .

Few hands later I pick up 10 10 on sb or button I raise to 2200 with about 6k left Jon repops allin , now hears my thinking , Ive seen him make that move loads of time with air , so Im hoping hes doing it again , and I call he says before I show nice call I got 99 u got 10 10 , very impressive call Mr Lundy , anyways my 10 10 holds ( phew )

Hand of the day upto now , Jon raises pre Herbie ( paul herbinston ) calls , flop 10x 4s 2s Jon bets Herbie flats turn As Jon bets Herbie flats r 10x Jon goes allin for about 9k Herbie thinks for about 30 seconds then calls and shows 10 10 for quads ( slow rolling git lol ) Jon shows q9s for 2nd nutflush and Jon exits and shakes everyone's hands ( respect )

few hands later few limper's then Ross raises and Herbie flats everyone else folds , flop is kx jx 9x , ross bets herbie flats turn qx putting a poss straight on the board , both check river is another jack to which gottilt4 ( chris waught ) says thats a brick to which ross bets 5k herbie goes in the tank then says allin to be called by ross , ross shows 99 for fh 9s over js herbie shows jk for fh js over ks , Ross looks shellshocked.

Few hands later Im on button and it limps around to me I call with 10js flop jx 6s 4x Rosco bets 1k ish I repop to 4k he repops another 5k on top Ive got 12k in front of me so I think Ross could be steaming and easily have air so I call the 5k , turn is qs to give me flush draw aswell , Ross gives me the eyes as its him to go I tell him im all in whatever he does , he checks I push he folds , he tells me next hand he had AJ i tell him what I had to him shaking his head at dissapointment in me :p ul ross m8.

ross then gets moved from our table , and its break time for buffet ( yum im starving ).
shortly after we break tables and i get moved to herbie hackets table , first hand utg i get akd i raise goes round to mr hackit and he shoves allin , i go in tank thinking ive still got half my chips if i lose so i call he shows ak for split, nothing much else in hands steal a couple of blinds in position , and i get moved again with 30 left and i manage to surive to 20 players with no hands at all , got 23.9 k with av chips at around 33k , but theres some huge stacks td got about 145k and a few others with 90 80 60 ks , so theres a few short stacks.

get to speak to a few guys phil, steve then head off home , giving the crisps boss ( gaz walker ) a lift cos hes been on the pop all day :)

day 2 arrives and im hoping i can get a quick double up on blinds of 1-2k with 200 antes , stting on my table stumpy benh, jimmy , graham , heribe hackit , teamdobbs , steveie brennan , and ridla sry can rember others names , few circuts pass with a couple of players making moves and stumpy doubles up , then ridla raises utg+2 gets to me, i got ak so i shove allin , he thinks for a while then calls with j10d ak holds up and i double up to about 32k , few more rounds and im bb jimmy utg +1 raises gets to me i got kk i shove he calls hes got ak , my hand holds and i double upto about 55-60k , we lose a few players stumpy , pjbaces etc .

gets to last 12 and cgk comes over and says other table has agreed to next 2 out gets their money back to which we agree , number 12 goes out and its bubble time nothing much going on except teamdobbs adding to his almighty stack with a few nice hands , some of the hands i folded preflop are 77utg 55utg and aqc to a raise then re-raise before it gets to me .

i then say to steve ( cgk )whos standing behind me ( compere ) this is where i went out last year , he replys not this year you wont , ( last year i bubbled with aa to hamids 55 to which i stormed off cursing my luck and breaking every speed limit set ) :P

im on sb and no callers i look down at 66 ben h is on bb and theres about 9k in pot so i shove , he looks down and instant calls ( opps ) hes got kk which hold , im left with about 6.7k , next hand im allin with 55 and there 5 callers lol lowest card is a 9 which sends me out again on the bubble for 2nd year running lol.

got to say 1 thing even though im dissapointed i cant change my exit hands with blinds at 2-4k.
i shakes everyones hands , and what a great set of people they are , and i draw out my number for the raffle prize and i win a coffe machine ( lol i only drink tea ) later i donate it back as i cant justify taking summit i wont use.

very good lineup for the ft with teamdobbs , fatpants , cogb , sean mcguigen , herbie hackit , herbie , ben h , stevie brennan , junior bomber and bgr.

i go for a gamble on the casino slots etc and wonder over to ft from time to time , plus we can hear cgks commentry all the time .

gets down to the last 2 players and i go over and see ben h move all in ( 150k ) and teamdobbs calls hes got 850k ben a3 td kj , jack hits flop and its all over for this year and the champion is dave ( teamdobbs ).:):)

got to say a few things though, firstly a massive thanks to cgk for the comparing he done it for 2 days while trying to play also , and what a smile he brought to everyones faces. ( respect )

scott / dave for organising this again .

scott for quality structure and also sitting there for nearly 2 days when he got bad beated with his AA going down to a straight aipf.

the casino staff jimmy , gary and all the dealers, it went so smooth. :)

and lastly to a well deserved winner and also one of the nicest guys around and im proud to say im a friend of his teamdobbs .

looking forward to the 14th when our team will be in action again at the grov .

roll on next year .

ps if i manage to get to the final 11 next year im going for a walk lol.

My NPF Championships

Funny old game this poker mullarkey. Ill be 1st one to admit pokerwise the last 2 month had been awful for me. Im normally very positive in my approach but had been totally not feeling the poker and knew it and even spoke to a few of my close friends about taking a couple of weeks off from playing but decided to try and play through it. Hardly play online at all now apart from the forum games and a nice little touch from the AWOP Vip club taking down a £500 UK Live event seat gave me a lift and also despite some bad beat exits in some local live games I did feel I had been playing well.

In the build up to the NPF Championships last years experiences certainly helped in the organisation side of things and although theres a lot of unseen things that most people don’t realise I certainly think everything went like clockwork and that’s a big big hats off to everyone concerned and the efforts they put in.

Personally I had decided to try and prepare properly for this game by limiting what I played and getting some proper sleep in so Id be alert & fresh for when Saturday arrived because obviously I so wanted to do well in this game for obvious reasons. Lol fk that I end up playing Tuesday at Circus going deep and then rail a few NPF ers online till the early hours most nights, get to bed at 2.30am on Friday to be up at 7.30am for dog walking then work in the morning till 12.00 and arrive at Circus at 1.30 to make sure all is sorted for what was going to be a fabulous weekend with a lot of fantastic people and some cracking poker players in a field that the NPF should be proud of. Had to be one of the best fields ever put together in any event in Newcastle this one.

Cardguard did what Cardguard does best and hes got everyone buzzing as we shuffle up and deal and the 2nd NPF Championship is away and running.
Happy with my table although a very tough starting table apart from the fact that its one of the old round tables and its on the outer edge of the room. Picked up hands early doors tbh and apart from a decent raise with AK being busted by 53 off from the big blind ( Brenos!) for not too many chips I made good progress helped when 88 sets up and a decent pot. 1st damage gets done when raising with 10 10 mid for Lozzy to ship all in costing me another 3k to look him up. He had lost big pot earlier to Chipmunk and when Chipmunk in the BB tanked thinking of calling I had decided to call if Chipmunk folded putting them both in big Ace ranges. My call was wrong as he flipped JJ which held and the early work was undone. Still kept reasonably active and then our table was broken taking me to my 2nd table. Apart from not having enough chips very happy with table especially seeing Faetzy & Ridla there who I always enjoy having on my table. It was a real grind here tbh made even worse when Tom”Hitthehole” Middleton joined the table holding a huge stack of chips which was always going to be bad news for small stacks like me.

Key hand coming up and one of the highlights of the weekend for me. Ive only got something like 5500 and make it 2500 to play. Reasons I play this = best hand Ive seen in about 5 orbits. Reason I don’t ship is I think my bet represented more strength by doing that to those left to play. Fold to sb Lozzy who caused me prior damage who ships his stack in followed by TxTrev who ships in. With only 3k behind although Im obviously totally fooked by at least one of them I simply cant pass and reluctantly put my last in knowing Im totally dominated and looking for a miracle. On ya backs and omg worse case scenario with AQ AK & my A10

This is where is was totally manic when with a lot of people around the table it was like a strange silence surrounded it when Faetzy starts screaming at Gary the dealer like a total lunatic “ come on Gary ya fkn c**t don’t ya know whos in this pot. It’s the fkn bloke that’s arranged most of this give him a fkn hand ya c**t” The flop came down like in slow motion tabling J27. “Come on dealer give him a fkn chance at least”screams Faetzy and the turn brings the 9 for a gutshot. Its at this time I joined in with Faetzy screaming at the dealer come ya fkr give him it give him it and bingo Ga ry flips over an 8 giving me the straight to the 10. We were up on the seats like total nutters cuddling each other with people pissing themselves laughing at our antics but simply highlighting as well what this game is all about. I now at last had some chips but not for long when my mid position raise with 99 was shipped on by Benh which I called for his QQ to have me crushed.

Back into danger terrority again and Middys aggression simply was non stop and being totally pissed out his head made him even more. Hbos also joined the table who is another non stop aggressive player and with a 3 way pot I ship my AK for Hbos to pay me off with A5d I think. Middy went to war on a few hands and lost a lot of chips before eventually busting out and Hbos did the same which if im brutally honest I was delighted about purely from a selfish point of view as they are such top top players .
I then went on a run of hands which held and got paid off so started to have a very healthy stack and we now down to only 21 players left when this hand happened which turned my whole tournament around on its head.
We were 6 handed and Scotty raised my BB utg+1 (standard raise tbh) and all fold to me looking down at AA. The famed hand of AK v KK came straight into my head tbh versus Scotty from a previous game and I was positive a ship was possible from him when 3 betting his raise. I remember staring at his hands and chips trying to look worried tbh. He then stacked them up twiddled the chip in his hands and shipped them all in over the line. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee call and up out of my seat as Scotty looked down totally gutted flipping KdJd. Win this and I know Im chip leader with 20 left into day 2. Flop comes down and I here Cardguard voice go into hype mode as 2 diamonds hit the flop. Fuck off ya twat Im thinking no way don’t fkn do it to me. Not sure what the turn was but when peeled off the river I could see it was black. Get in I thought and 143k chip leader going into day 2.

Thoughts were now were fook me I got great chance to take this down now lets go home, get some sleep and come back refreshed for tomorrow. WRONG!!!!!!
Get home tossing n turning all night and then with the dog going mad in the morning Im up at 7.00am taking him out and its absolutely pissing down. Was mint actually and may sound daft walking around the streets with a little white Bichon Frise getting soaked which made him look like a drownded rat at that time in the morning but it did make me wide awake. Got back in and had some brekkies then caught up with some stuff on forum and before I knew it Stumpy was on asking if I fancied having Sunday dinner before going over which me and Scott did. We even went to Can Only get Betters Mams pub obviously looking for discount but COGB was obviously hiding from us.

Kick off day 2 and Im surprised tbh how many people were back as the place was really busy with the Walkers Sensations out in force and in their normal vocal selves which made for a guaranteed cracking atmosphere.
Was active very early picking up chips with early casualties falling as well. Important hand early was I make raise mid position with 77 to Stumpys BB who ships all in and Stumpy aint a player Im wanting to double up cos he would be so dangerous but I decide to make the call and he flips big Ace over. 1st card out is the Ace diamonds but quickly followed by the 7 diamonds and a big danger is out.
Im raising Jc10c to be shipped on by small stack and call which makes straight on the river to cause another casualty and then fellow Dobba Mg1892 had the misfortune to ship 66 from sb into BB who wakes up with KK to get crippled and a few hands later he becomes the final table bubble boy for the 2nd year running. VUL Colin.

Final table and Im very happy with my seat position and the atmosphere was well typical NPF style noisy. Cracking crowd and away we went.
Had planned to simply take it as it came and had good knowledge on most of the players there. 1st to fall was Fat Fish Steve Brennan who had well impressed me at the two tables I had been with him with his fearless play and it seemed he was totally card dead at the final table making a move with KJ to walk into KK followed by Can Only Get better in 9th.
Was well pleased with how I used my stack size to 3 bet raisers off pots and I steadily grew my stack. Players dropped at a steady rate and BenH was only one who got anywhere near my stack size although he did lose a massive pot K10 ship by BGR to his KJ which rivered the 10 and if he had of won that maybe a diff game wudda been on. Quite ironic then he ships K4 making a move and I call out of sb with AQ and he doubles through with flop of KQJ before doubling again when K10 v KJ happens again with BGR but this time no 10.
3 handed I raise AJ into Jnr Bomber who ships KQ and my hand holds so heads up with a huge chip lead and tbh with all the respect in the world I think I had most people wanting only one person for the win for an unreal end to an absolutely fantastic weekend of poker.
Heads up lasted 4 hands as I raise with KJ for BenH to ship A3 and the Jack flop makes me the NPF Champion for 2009.

The actual game value is nothing in comparison to some of the tour games etc that go on like GUKPT & Coral but for me personally this meant so so much more in terms of prestige to be honest. I know the quality of that field over the weekend and I also know how much other players wanted that title. For me to be able to take it down simply ended an absolutely fabulous weekend and an experience Ill never forget.

People to thank:

Wow so so many.
Each and every member who played and made this game what it was
The planning and organisation of S2C which as normal was spot on and it all ran exactly as he predicted
The staff at Circus who were brilliant accepting a lot of stuff that simply other casinos wudnt allow making this event what it is
To BenH for being a worthy runner up especially coming through such a tough seat sat with Tom Middleton and Hamid to his right who would of scared the shit out of most.
To those that donated prizes and to Juicey Oranges who totally skint the bookies
To Spoona for the odd hand dealt of the bottom of the pack
To Phil Mcnally for proving that gravity does exist
To Junior Bomber and Pads who came back from their challenge disappointments to prove they actually can play this game.
To the Walkers Sensations who were absolutely magnificent over the full weekend and have something very special there in my opinion and in my opinion in Farmer Dave they have found an absolute diamond funny guy who kept so so many people laughing & entertained
To Dreamdobb who also added his piece of crazy humour and the sight of Mr Flushy trying to deal with handcuffs on was hilarious
To all that took the photographs which are superb and a special mention to Kiddha who volunterred to do day 2 live updates onto the forum which tbh were absolutely spot on and so accurate.
To Looseman for his support and donation of the trophies once again


Strange pattern though which I hope continues: Smoggie Unofficial Online leagues were won by Myself, Xenocode, Cardguard and PJB Aces.
NPF Champ 2008 Xenocode, NPF Champ 2009 Teamdobb

2010 NPF Champion The Cardguard Kid ?


Well Done mate!

Hello all,
this post has nothing to do with myself I would just like to congratulate Dave 'Teamdobb' Collins for his win in the Newcastle Poker Forum 2009 Championships.
There were 100 runners and I have to say it was the toughest field I have played in for a long time.I was on Daves table for the 1st 3 levels and it was a very tough table with Dave struggling from the offset so how he managed to be chip leader after 1st day god only knows but I'm sure we will hear his story on this blog very soon. Also well done to 'the invisible man-Can Only Get Better' for his final table appearance well played mate and Mr.Consistent Stumpy who just missed the final.
Mr. Cardguard done a sterling job on the mic all weekend and had us in stiches with his piss takes and one liners thank you very much sir.

Newcastle poker forum champion of 2009 David Collins weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :)

cant wait for next year, l8ters