For those of you who have never heard
of me (and hopefully it’s because you are new to poker),
my name is Dave Colclough, often known by the imaginative pseudonym
of 'El Blondie'. I guess, I am now a Professional Poker Player.
All I do to pay my bills and put food in my fridge nowadays,
is play poker. Tough life, isn’t it ? Not.
I am proud to say that I am now sponsored by bet365poker.com,
part of the bet365 Group Limited, one of the world’s leading
betting and gaming groups. Over the next year I will be updating
the site with a diary of how I am getting on, telling a few
amusing stories from the past, but much more importantly, giving
you all a few tips on how to keep hold of your hard earned wonga.
I’ve been asked by bet365poker to give a brief history,
so please excuse any bragging…
I started playing poker 19 years ago. A flatmate
(Ray Edwards where are you?) gave me a few lessons and a basic
strategy on how to play 7 card stud over dinner, and then dragged
me off to the Northampton Rubicon Casino to play a £10
7 Card Stud Competition. I suspected a few flaws in his strategy
on the first night. Three months later, I had refined it enough
to win my first competition.
Unfortunately I worked as an IT Consultant until 2000, and
it didn’t half get in the way of Poker. Nethertheless,
I would try and burn the candle at both ends, regularly playing
competitions at Churchills in Stoke, or the Luton, Northampton
and Victoria Casinos when working further south. I won my first
major championship, the UK Hold’Em Championship at the
Park Casino in 1995. At the latest count, 25.2.04, I think I
have won 97 Casino Tournaments, not including satellites or
online competitions. So hopefully, we will chalk up number 100
In 2003, I concentrated solely on Poker, having given up all
my previous business interests. And, I was fortunate enough
to be voted European Player of the Year for 2003, having broke
the record for the amount of final tables reached in ranking
tournaments. In the US, I reached 2 final tables in the 2003
World Series of Poker at Las Vegas, finishing 2nd to Eddie Scharf
in the Limit Omaha event. I also started playing online tournaments
during 2003 and made two final tables in the so called online
World Series. The online fields were huge, regularly reaching
1300 players. Yes 1300! So what are you waiting for?