Bye Bye all

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo dont panic the Dobba aint quitting or anything just getting away froom the doom n gloom n shit weather here in the UK to see the daughter for a few days in the sunshine of Dubai.

Fly out for 10 days and staying at her place in the Marina which I feature here

Cya when I get back and probably go up to Edinburgh to play the Coral Masters leg with Stumpy n Big Stumpy and Full Trett Poker

To Infinity & Beyond

Funny how a few days can change the direction of someone so quickly.

Played the Friday G game mainly to meet up with couple of Dobbas I hadnt seen for ages in Phlmc and Xenocode. Get same table but lose 1st stack after raising with 66 for Xeno and young lad to come along. Flop of 689 and my re raise is re popped and has me getting all my money in as Xeno folds an overpair for young lad to flip 57. I then lose with straight over straight and flush over flush to take an early bath so decide to head over to circus for their £20/£20.

Get sat on Mark Tretts table and few other other NPF ers and its canny crack tbh. Tretts obv doing his customary crushing of the table and running his normal Trett way when picking up monstas he finds someone wanting to donate. Mark gets moved as we go to 2 tables and our table is joined by an old pal of mine who I aint seen for ages in John Devlin. Closing in on final table and we lose John as I hit a rush of hands that the board wants to slap me in the face with so get nicely chipped up and dont really want the final table bubble to end as Im simply picking up such easy chips. We eventually go to the 9 handed final table but only 6 getting paid although its only top 2 where any sort of return is. Not the best of seats tbh but made worse by the constant limping of seat 3 and Im slowly getting frustrated at my shit Im being dealt and his play. We only lose 1 player and every shortie is getting stacked up with their shoves when I find 88 on the button playing only about 12 bbs. Mr Limpy Dan comes in and I ship it for his instant call holding 99 and leave after with zero, fuck all zilch!!!!!!!!!!! Pretty sure Mark wudda took this down and was in complete control of the table when I left

Get talking to Roscopiko online and he points me to some extra value footy prices on Betfair to which I invest in with the intention of backing to lay in play. So close in alot of them tbh and my initial investment shows a small £65 profit although a shame Liverpool couldnt hold for the draw.

Sunday proves to be a lazy day doing fook all just mainly messing with the forum when notice around 5.00pm young Buzz ( Neil Harvey)has put a staking request up for a spread of MTTs on stars totally an investment request of $210 with a 60/40 return in favour of the backer. I decide to take the lot as Buzz is one of best young players in Newcastle tbh but simply needs some good Dobba dosh on his back to help run a bit better. I get in touch with fellow Dobba Stumpy to see if he wants part of this action as he is deffo a staking pro and hes snaps me off for 50/50 on the full total.
Early MTTs soon go the way of most on stars and its not looking good apart from the $35k guaranteed where Buzz has got himself some sort of stack to play with. Eventualy at 3.30am he finishes in 4th spot for a cool $7264.60 weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee wpwpwpwp Mr Harvey. Easy game this fkn poker mullarky and hope its the injection you need Buzz to change your luck

Its a hard life

Well fellow bloggers its been a while since i blogged and after a brief telephone convo with Teamdobb yesterday i was kind of inspired to blog as way of maybes an explanation to ' the quiet me' some people have commented on.

Firstly this year started great for me january was a good month and plans had been made for me to buy out my co director of my business which i did using all of my rainy day fund but confident that i would be much better off long term as the business would go in the direction i wanted and i could impliment my own ideas. This worked and feb through to may saw my turnover grow and the future looked rosey - then bang i get 3 weeks notice that im gonna lose 50% of my incoming work from 30th June due to my client being bought out by a bigger company and that company already using someone else. Then 5 weeks later i learn that the other 50% of my work needs the service level contacts re negociating as its also under the new company and these negociations end up with me realising that its just a way of dropping me without having to pay any compensation that would be due to me for terminating my exsisting contract. This has lead to a very stressful last 10 weeks as they currently owe me £76500 and as all big companies they are holding off paying and avoiding contact. I do have 2 cars and some equipment of theirs and i am holding these to ransom - but its a stressful time as i am now desperately trying to gain some new clients but in my industry its a slow process. I have got some new ' irons in the fire' but at this moment its a strange time as ive been in business for 15 years and i feel a little lost and its affecting my mindset and personality and after DC's comment to me yesterday that i seem a little withdrawn i thought i would explain why.

Poker wise not too much to report travelled to leeds 2 months ago to play in the yorkshire cup - A £250 buy in tourney that ended up with 50 runners and was a great structured game and was very happy with my final 4th placed finish as was a quality field including keith hawkins and tom middleton and just last weekend i travelled to teeside for the coral masters in which i ended up busting out at 400 - 800 level with about 30ish left with my now customary bad running losing 2 massive pots one with KK v 10 10 and one with AK v AQ. massive congrats to mark trett - a top bloke and really nice guy for his 2nd place, rosco and big stumpy for very impressive final table showing.

The future is exciting forum and poker wise, we have the NPF championships to look forward to for which im a shoe in(use smoggies league 1st year to work out why) and also the return of the NPF news as a monthly show which will be in a slightly different format and im sure will have something to appeal to most NPF members.

In general life its dawns 40th birthday on 30th September and as most of you know there is a party for her on saturday the 2nd October at Durhams county cricket ground and if you are not aware then you are more than welcome to join us - it starts at 7pm and we are looking forward to seeing you all there.

Well sat here typing while the footy is on and dont look too good for the syndy!!!!!!!!!!

stay happy


thats my boy

Alreet stumpy here,
headed down to Teeside for the "freeroll sat for the £550 Coral Masters main event me Mrs Stumpy and Craig "big stumpy" newton.The game was a free sit down 2k chips then £20 £20 £20 for 4k 4k 6k rebuys which created a massive 159 runners and 11 seats.I bought Craig in for 50%.I got to the break with 18k £20 spend with 2 dups ist one i ch rased fd allin and get there on the turn, 2nd one was aa v kk.After the break i creep up to 23k then i get moved tables and get very few spots until with about 50 left i ship with a8 called off jj no help and im gone.I head for the £2£2 plo cash tables and sit down with £100 run like god and when mrs stumpy was knocked out on the bubble (she was gutted ) I was £610 up and Craig had got his seat oh so nearly a perfect night. mtt _£20 cash + £610

friday 10th sept £200 f/o Teeside.

Get a lift down off Teamdobb started with 7.5k in chips but quickly lose half my stack with missed straight draw and top, top.Then John Bousefield raises ct law ships allin I have ak and move my last 3k in the middle ct law has a8 and hits the straight on the river so again I head to the cash tables waiting for Teamdobb no plo yet so sit at 50p- £1 nlh.lose 1st buyin £100 with kk v aa aipf was down to about £60 by this hand came about.Reload and recover losses when this hand comes up.i join the limpers with 10d 7d bb raises to £12 I call young chinese kid calls who had played awful but got really lucky 3 times,so flop 965 r bb bets £12 i call chinese calls turn 6 it goes ch ch chinese bets £10 bb folds i call rvr 7 i ch he goes allin for £55 i call and he mucks.So back to level and plo table opens so sit down with £100 3rd hand I have jj 99 ds I limp the straddle then dave maudlin makes it £40 i caller i ship my £83 and get 4 more allins pot is about £330 and i win with j high flush on a paired board weeeee a couple of hours later and Teamdobb comes over just missing the money and I come off £480 up.

mtt _£220 cash +£480

saturday 11th sept coral masters main event 10k stack 1hour clock

I pick up Teamdobb and Roscopiko and also joined by my son big stumpy whose playing his 1st big buyin event,We arrive and meet up with other NPFers Card Guard Kid,Nutflush,Dan and Mark Trett,Chipmunk and Russ the Suit.1st table and im with Cardguard so the 1st couple of hours is spent chatting about the racing and footy and the old guy who flats a raise with a10 on a1010 42 board and villain shows aa!! wow, i say how do you just flat there he says Ive been playin along time son, I said weve only been playing 2 hours !Still about ss and get moved tables where i hit trip 2s and ch raise flop only for villain to tank fold aj on a 762 board lol.then im moved to the feature table where Rocky Gupta a very good teeside player is on his 4th bottle of wine and crushing the table until the 5th bottle tips him over the edge he had 93kish when ave was 17k.he proceeds to double up Dave Maudlin twice and me aj v his 108 he still has about 40kish when he 4bet shoves Mark Trett with 10 7 and hes out when Marks kk holds.I then lose a few chips trying to bluff Marc Foggin b on b when he hit ace on the river and then this hand i raise btton with ak Dave Maudlin calls in the bb and chs dark flop qcjh4h i ch behind ah on the turn dave chs i bet 3k he calls rvr 2c dave chs again i think about betting but dont like it and ch he shows qj ouch so now down to 11bb and find the spot to ship with j9 in the c off Teamdobb calls with aq flop qjx x j and I get a lucky dup.the night ends not long after with me 22.6k 18 left out of 91 runners.Teamdobb has 70ish,Roscopiko 70ish,Mark Trett 55ish and Craig has 54k so 5 NPFers left out of 18.had some great crack on the way home with everyone in the car still in with a chance to win 14k 1st prize.

sunday 12th sept coral masters last 18

We sit down and Im on the same table as Craig and Teamdobb and im just waiting for a spot to ship in as blinds 1k 2k then i cant wait any longer and ship q 10 utg and it gets thro then 2 hands later im sb and button raises i ship with a9 and he calls with q10 for 15.5k more flop aqj x q so gutted and head off to find Teamdobb who i knew would be gutted with himself for his exit find him just about to throw himself in front of bus haha so we head back and watch Craig crush the table and when the ft comes round he is 2nd in chips with 210k Mark is cl with 220k and Rosco has 70ish.the ft craig lost a few chips then lost flip 99 v aq.then loses more when he 4bets Rosco who ships allin and Craig folds.He ends off shipping 80k with kj and runs into aq and hes out in 6th for £2230.A little disapointing after big stack on ft but a really great effort to qualify for £40 and then ft 1st big tourney and had loads of players come upto me and say he was a nitemare to play against and he played really well.hes deffo improving fast.Rosco finished 4th and Mark was 2nd wp boys.

mtt £550 50% of craig +£1115

Had 2% of brenos who finished 5th in EPO in London for 40k which retuned me £815 for a $107 stake just an awesome result wp brenos

Not quite a Masterful display Dobba

Been a strange last few weeks as my desire to play has been at its lowest for ages. Odd game I have played had couple of minor results in the Circus £50 Saturday game making final table then running AK into AA twice to bust out 9th and then cruising in a G final table with 4 left and ship my sb into BB who asks" Did you say all in" AA thank you and goodnight.

So the arrival of the Coral Masters Tour at Teeside helped in bringing a small twinkle in getting back into it as I decided to play the opening £200 on the Friday and then use a ticket I won on AWOP to take my seat at the main event.

Take Stumpy with me and surprised when theres only 3 down from NPF with me him and Dan Trett. Decent turn out and good tables but never really get going which tbh I didnt really want especially as Stumpy busts early but I do him the favour of grinding away to let him crush the PLO cash tables whilst I get vul late on with 15 left in couple of spots before finally busting 12th with 10 paid when shipping 22 from button into BB AK which hits.

Main event and our car of me Stumpy his son Craig who we call Big Stumpy and a late lift request from Roscopiko make an interesting quartet heading down to the smog. 91 runners and very happy with starting table and chipping away very nice from comfy position until the TD announces next BB please which happens to be me. Im taken over to table 6 which consists of Roscopiko, Big Stumpy, Dan Trett, soon joined by Mark Trett, Lee Danaher and Circus regulars "Icall" and Borat. Well all I can say is this table simply turned into the best ever table Ive been involved in. Fireworks poker, crack and piss taking of the highest calibre and too many amazing and interesting hands it would take a book to put them all down here.
Patience paid off when eventually as my stack was too close to danger zone I get the standard raise from super aggresive Big Stumpy for the cut off to re pop and I ship AK from the BB. 3 way action and AK v AJ & 22 gets there and Im back in game abit. Short time later and 4 way raised pot I make up with 56 in my BB. 66A flop makes it happy days as young lad in sb leads out which I flat the flushing board. Safe turn and as he leads again I ship and then convince him to call off with AQ. Well above average stack now and the fun & frolics are brought to a halt as our table is broke up and Im moved across to be sat between Stumpy and Dave Maudlin with Mark Trett also joining our table. Still fireworks at this table as Teeside regular Rocky Gupta is stacked up big but on his 5th or 6th bottle of wine and absolutely smashed and causing mayhem with his huge bets. He eventually donates these to Mark Trett ignoring Marks 3 bet and Rockies ship is welcomed by the sight of KK.
Enjoying table although not that active till I decide to open with As7s into Marks BB. Flop of 10 9 rag and I cb Marks ck which he calls. Very tasty 8s hits the turn and I get check raised by Mark. I give myself a get out card when I count my stack and elect to just call but wasnt going away if Mark had shipped me. River brings the beautiful 2s giving me the nut flush and Mark announces all in flipping over 88.
Stacked now in a position to be able to get involved more but few orbits later make a decision I may always regret. Mark Trett opens from utg or utg +1 and I 3 bet with QQ with my mind already made up this could be the biggy as I know Mark thinks I often 3 bet him light ( which I do sometimes wink wink ) Back to him and he insta ships. Make crucial error now of over thinking it having Mark narrowed down to such a small range hands with his all in move and knowing how he so much wants back to back wins I decide to fold. Megga big style regret now as winning that hand gives me huge chip lead on a relatively passive table in good position.
Eventually finish day 1 on 69k in about 5th or 6th position and come back to re draw table that I cudnt of picked better myself.
Quiet start for me though very diff for Young Stumpy as he starts how I expected opening anything he can and re raising any sign of weakness. I open mid with 9d9c but as per norm Young Stump 3 bets me from the BB and I decide to peel a flop although in hindsight all things considered its an easy fold at this stage. Flop comes 823 with 2 clubs and I quickly have a brainfart and ship in for Young Stump to think for short time before calling with JJ. No miracle saviour and Im 1st out on day 2 in 18th spot. Never have I so wanted to simply get away but not having my car as came down with Stumpy I go for a walk to try and calm myself down as Im so annoyed with myself. On my return Im joined by Stumpy Senior who has been taken out in harsh circumstances after picking his spot well and we help each other calm down and then rail the 3 lads left in Roscopiko, Mark Trett and Young Stumpy. All 3 make final table before Young Stumpy busts in 6th, Rosco goes in 4th and Mark amazingly gets heads up with the same guy he was up against last year in Dom Mahoney before going out in 2nd place for another amazing result.

Obviously from a personal point of view I was totally gutted more so by my bad decisions that proved crucial again but over the moon for the other lads.

Young Stumpy Craig Newton has an amazing all round game to him and is so difficult for anyone to play against and will have a bright future at it if he can only listen to his dads sensible and helpful approach he is trying to install in him for other life skills. Being young and daft at the moment hopefully will not hinder this.

Roscopiko really impressed me again with his all round game and win win approach and hes got such a good poker brain and simply only needs to control his self destruct button he can from time to time press

As for Mark Trett, well what can you say after another huge result. Played with him most of day 1 and its the most and longest Ive ever been on the same table as him. I also watched him closely on my exit and the lad has a superb approach to it all and best of luck to him with more big results absolutely nailed on certain in the future. Gentleman on and off the table and deserves all the success hes had. If Coral dont offer him another sponsored package I for one will be most surprised considering how hes flew their flag this year with his approach and obviously another year full of results in their tour and leading the money earnings from it.

Finally outside of the weekend and as I write this update its megga well done and good luck to Andy " Brenos" Brennan from the NPF who is one of the nicest and grounded young lads you could meet who has made final table of the English poker Open down in London with a top prize of £230k to the winner. Go get em son and run as well today please as you did yesterday ............ especially with my small % in ya weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Enjoy his end of day interview here and watch out for the obvious mistake!!!!
classic Brenos interviewers clanger

edit: Brenos 5th for £40k weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Brenos exit interview

Alreet stumpy here,
Back from 2 weeks in corfu lazed round the pool and ate and drank it was bliss, took the laptop and i played a little plo cash and mrs stumpy played some sngos on the nightime while i was watching the footy.made a small profit on the poker but won about £400 betting on the football which i dont usually bet on.been grinding the sngos since i got back and had 9 winning seshes then 4 losing sessions for a small profit.

last live game was circus £50 game i was dealing and i hardly played a hand because i hardly had a hand until

1,raised 8s9s bb calls flop q107 i cbet bb ships im priced in and make the bb has q 10 turn j and i move upto 9k.

2,move tables and ship 55 utg with about 15bb gets thro

3,shorty ships for 5k gets reshipped im sb with ak and make the call 76 v jj me ak and buzz deals me a nice ace and im upto 16k.

4,utg +1 rases 3k gets flatted and i ship 1010 flatter makes the call with 33 i hold im now upto 36k

5,shorty ships 5k teamdobb reships 26k i make the call with qq v utg 57 teamdobb 66 a nasty 6 on the river and im down to 8k and im out not long after in about 14th out of a 80 runners

Its the coral masters at teeside this weekend so going down on friday to play the £200 event and saturday the £500 main event.

keep on smiling stumpy