Trett Digest Volume 21

Once again I’ve left it too long since my last update. I guess that’s partly down to nothing hugely exciting happening here in my life but more so down to a lack of motivation that all bloggers suffer with from time to time. I’m now into my sixth year running FTP though and I’m determined to keep updates going on some level and not let all the hard work just get lost in cyberspace.

When I made my last update (21st February 2014) I was at McCarran International Airport preparing to fly back to the UK, but I made a last minute decision to reschedule my flight until Monday 24th February and spend the weekend with Martin Amer and his mackem stag-do boys. This was a decision I’m very pleased I made as I subsequently went on to meet a number of top class boys who I now consider to be good friends. The highlight of the weekend was heading to Marquee Nightclub over at Cosmopolitan on the Friday night, getting VIP bottle service and relaxin’ in a good vibe with good people. The rest of it was made up of playing poker in Caesars Palace, eating some nice food and shopping for presents for family.

I've now been back from Vegas for a little over a month, so I’ll give all my fans a quick rundown of what’s been happening this side of the Atlantic. A common theme I’m sure readers have picked up on is I often discuss openly that I’m trying to get in shape. In Sydney I was down to around twelve stone and felt fantastic but the exercise and diet required for that was never sustainable. I’m now a little shy of fifteen stone but still feel pretty good, I’m getting to boot camp once/twice a week and playing football two/three times a week, so I have my exercise in line but my diet needs a lot of work. I’m constantly eating Greggs or McDonalds for lunch and takeaways for dinner, no amount of exercise can counter a terrible diet. Overall I’m kind of okay with where I’m at right now fitness wise and I’ve just took on a ridiculous challenge for April. I’m doing a four week Insanity program starting Monday 31st March with my boy Gaz, which is six mornings per week (Monday – Saturday) 6:45-7:30 of high intensity workouts. It’s going to be so tough but the fruits will be so rewarding. Love the challenge and love the pain. #garysidneyfitness

I’m also staying dry throughout all of March and April which I’m hoping will go a long way towards helping maintain my fitness and more importantly my commitment to this Insanity program. Poker will also be taking a back seat while I really concentrate on Insanity during April and my next game will be when the WPT visits Newcastle in Aspers on the 1st May. It’s effectively a £660 buy-in as I will be playing all three start days. I’m excited about this and with a top prize expected to be around £30,000 it’s definitely enough to get the adrenaline going. #worldpokertour #letsplay #spin

Speaking of poker and I’m always surprised at how quick tournament poker is evolving in such a short time, it’s taking me a bit of time to adjust. Poker is certainly becoming less and less attractive as a means for making any money if you consider how just about everybody’s hourly rates have been undeniably affected over the last few years. I am a firm believer that with the current state of the industry, it would be a very poor decision for anybody young and unestablished to try to take poker really seriously. The variance is just so incredibly remarkable. Myself and other players from my generation were so fortunate with the timing of our entry into poker. 2002/2003 was a time when the economy was good and people were uneducated about the game. From talking with other friends and players around the world including UK, Australia and the USA recently, almost all agree that it would be a most daunting task to try to build from the ground up right now. #hardwaytomakeaneasyliving

Away from the poker table as I mentioned last October I’ve been sports trading. This is something I’m taking seriously and really enjoying. Like poker it comes with its challenges as trading conditions seem to be evolving rapidly. I struggle to motivate myself to trade alone so usually out on the road I pair up with Steve Brennan, Mark Nicholas, Dan McSkelly and on occasions Andy Blair. All of which are good crack and help the day go easier.

I’ll wrap things up with that and I’m likely to report back around the beginning of May to let you all know if I’m ultra-toned/ripped from Insanity and how I got on when the WPT visits Newcastle.

That’s all for now. #lifeofdantrett

Las Vegas 2014 Trip Report "February" II

As I write this I’m sitting relaxing in my room at The Quad, it’s around noon and I’m just about ready to check out. So following straight on from LV2014TR “February” #1. That evening we decide to have a break away from the tables and treat ourselves to see ‘Zarcana at Aria’, this is a Cirque du Soleil performance and like the rest of them very impressive. I’ve now seen 7/8 of the Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas with only ‘Beatles Love at Mirage’ left to see, I’m hoping to get over and see that sometime this summer. We also had dinner at Pampas Churrascaria in Planet Hollywood, this is a steak house and again I was suitably impressed. Overall a great and enjoyable evening.

The following morning (Monday 17th) we checked out of The Flamingo and moved next door to The Quad for our final four nights, we booked The Quad for £12 per night (£6 per person) just so cheap. Especially considering it’s been completely renovated now, I’m guessing once the rooms are all sorted that The Quad will QUADruple its prices. We then took a walk down The Wynn to play the $140 tournament, I got stacked relatively early so jumped on the 300nl tables. Shortly after Stuey bust out so we decide to walk down to Stratosphere because he wanted to do the SkyJump. I already did it in February 2012 or would have got involved too.

By now it was around 7:00pm and we headed back to the room to relax for a bit. We had planned on going back out for the evening but just couldn’t be arsed, so we ordered a pizza from room service and watched Runner Runner movie with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. The next morning (Tuesday 18th) we headed over Caesars Palace to relax and rejuvenate at Qua Baths & Spa, this is just the nut best way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the casino floor. #sauna #jacuzzi #steamroom #iceroom

Feeling revitalised we then had lunch at PF Changs before heading to the Aria for the daily 1:00pm $125 tournament, this didn’t work out for me so I chilled at the 300nl before then entering the 7:00pm $125 tournament. Again I got stacked relatively early so went back on the cash tables until about midnight, losing more cash before deciding to head back to the room to retire for the evening. The next morning was a very early rise for what was to be the highlight of my trip, we were getting picked up at the bus depot at 6:45am for a tour of Death Valley National Park. Words can’t begin to describe how much I loved it here, it has so much history and our tour guide Jerry was so informative. I would 100% recommend and push everybody visiting Las Vegas to check this out, however the tour doesn't run during the summer months because it gets too hot in Death Valley. Its home to the officially recorded hottest temperature the planet has ever seen, check out our photo’s below. #simplysuperb #breathtaking

After a very long day at Death Valley we finally got back to our hotel around 6:30pm, this was after a short stop at the “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. We then decided to get on it and head down to O’Sheas Casino to play some beer pong, from there we watched some karaoke at ‘The Piano Bar’ and then finally downtown to Fremont Street and Gold Diggers at Golden Nugget.

After rolling home stupidly hungover around 3:00am I woke up in the morning to hear my good friend Martin Amer had just won the $645,000 jackpot in a slot machine over at Flamingo. They had been upgraded to the penthouse suite and were giving endless amounts of complimentary food and drink. So I took a walk over to see and congratulate him for an hour in the morning. #breakingvegas

From there we headed back over Venetian to play event #48 of the deep stack extravaganza series, this was a $400 buy-in with a $65,000 guarantee which they smashed with well over 300 runners. I fired two bullets after getting my first one in with 45s vs. 99 on a 239ss flop for about a 25,000 chip pot and then got brutally unlucky with my second one as I got it in on a AxJr flop holding AK vs. AQ and he turned a queen. That was for 130,000 chip pot and all but guaranteed to make the money at that point. C’est la vie and I then camped out on the 300nl tables until around midnight before walking back to the room for the evening. #tournamentvariancesucks

That brings me to right now, we’ve been down Hash House a go go for breakfast this morning and now walking over Flamingo to catch up with the $645,000 dollar man Martin Amer and have lunch this afternoon at Treasure Island before heading to McCarran airport to fly home this evening. I’ve had an amazing trip as I always do and ticked a few more of my Vegas to do list boxes. I’m considering coming back on March 13th for a week with the Teesside guys, I’ve visited with these lot back in November 2011 and they’re such great company. That’s still up in the air, I’ll decide about that over the next fortnight. But one thing is for sure, I’m back in the summer for the annual NPF trip and with the crowd going this year it has the potential to be the best yet. #goodtimes #goodmemories

#vivalasvegas #lifeofdantrett

Las Vegas 2014 Trip Report “February” I

As I write this entry I’m sitting in Starbucks at the newly opened Linq on Las Vegas Boulevard having just bust the Venetian $400DSE in third for $5,525. So my eighteenth visit to the bright lights started off with a cluster of errors, I was traveling with my boy Stuey Robinson and before we even left Newcastle we had problems. We were both chillin’ in the Servisair Lounge at Newcastle airport and left it a bit late to proceed to our departure gate, we then went to gate 24 when we actually should have flew from gate 3 (24 was my seat number). So after standing in a queue at gate 24 for Alicante for 20 minutes, we were told we were at the wrong gate and proceeded to gate 3. By now though the gate had closed and we had unfortunately missed our flight to Heathrow, which due to time restrictions meant there was no way we could get to Vegas today. So we did the only logical thing at this point and went to Newcastle city to get absolute mortal, this was a great night but admittedly a right mess. One good thing to come from the night was we uploaded an ARKnomination onto Facebook which picked up quite a few likes and kind comments. Check it out here;

The following day (Tuesday 11th) went a little smoother, although hungover we comfortably made our flight to Newcastle and I took the ten hour transatlantic flight relaxin’ in BA club world. I try not to take for granted how lucky I am to fly with my feet up sippin’ on champagne while everyone in economy is no doubt very uncomfortable. #lifeofdantrett

We arrived on schedule around 6:30pm and checked in to Flamingo Hotel & Casino, we were both delighted with the room, location and view for a bargain price of £292 for the room for the week. Our view was Caesars Palace directly in front of us and The Mirage if you looked to the right. Check out a few photos of our room and view;

Then our first night we just walked over the road to Caesars to have dinner at Munchbar and play a little 300nl where I recorded a small $200 winning session over a couple of hours. I was exhausted by this point and we were both conscious we had to be up early so headed back home to our room to bed around midnight. So the following morning we were up at 6:00am for a hot air balloon ride I had booked us on, this was a case of not third but fourth time lucky as I had on three previous occasions tried to do this hot air balloon excursion only for it to be cancelled the evening before due to weather restrictions. Well all I can say is WOW about this experience, it was an absolute pleasure to fly with “Vegas Balloon Rides”. The entire morning was just breathtaking with exceptional tour guides giving us such amazing service, I would for sure recommend this to anybody.

Then the day got a little out of control, we headed to the Wicked Vicky Tavern down at Riviera to watch the Man Utd vs. Arsenal match while having a few beers and finger food. This propelled into an all-day session where we visited Garden Bar in Flamingo, Carnaval Court, Minus5 Ice Bar over at Mandalay Bay and eventually ending up in Bellagio playing on the pit games and enjoying free drinks. Pretty sick night like, check out the snaps;

The following day I was suffering so bad, I’m twenty nine now and these hangovers aren’t getting any easier. As a result of this hangover today (Thursday 13th) was pretty much a write off, we were both in bed pretty much all day until eventually getting up late evening for some dinner and heading over Caesars to play a little 300nl. I ran really well and ended up staying until 6:30am when the table broke and recorded a $1,000+ winning session. Then after a couple of hours sleep both Stuey and I decided to head over Venetian for the $300DSE, this was naturally full of males but even more so today because of course it was Valentine’s day. I stacked off relatively early when my AK failed to improve vs. 88, I didn’t bother re-entering instead I dived in a 500nl game. This was to be a brutal session as I lost $500 with QQ vs. KK on a 55QxK board getting it in on the flop and then lost my second $500 bullet with A9s vs. 57s when the river completed my nut flush and gave him straight flush which I couldn’t get away from. So that was enough for me to throw in the towel and head back to the room to relax for the evening. I got a pizza delivered to the room and rented a movie from the entertainment which set me up for the night.

The following day I was back over the Venetian very refreshed after an early night and good rest and ready to play the $400DSE, I both ran and played really well here and held the chip leader from like the second level right up until the final table. We eventually bagged up at 2:00am after fourteen hours of play with four remaining and I was second in chips with 547,000. At this point I had $4,133 locked but was only interested in the top prize of $12,376. I then joined my good friend Matt ‘Denver’ Manes who features in my Las Vegas 2009 Trip Report “January” where my brother Mark and I met him at a 300nl game in the Wynn. This was Mark’s first night in Las Vegas and all of us had such an amazing night drinking vodka red bull all night playing cards, so it was great to finally meet him again five years down the line. The power of social media makes this kind of stuff possible, I sometimes wonder how we all lived without it. So yeah Matt, Stuey and I all took a walk over O’Shea’s to have a beer and catch up on all times. #goodtimes #goodmemories

Then after Matt took a cab back to Tropicana where he was staying I turned in for the evening to make sure I was suitably rested for the second and final day of the $400DSE. I went back the following day feeling extremely positive and optimistic and really felt I had complete control of the final table, unfortunately a bad run of cards and I ended getting stacked in third for $5,525. I was admittedly disappointed but like I’ve said several times its first world problems when you complain about winning five grand.

Later this evening we are heading for dinner at Pampas Churrascaria in Planet Hollywood and then over at Aria to watch Zarcana. Then tomorrow morning (Monday 17th) we check out of The Flamingo and move next door to The Quad for our final four nights, we booked The Quad for £12 per night (£6 per person) just so cheap. Especially considering it’s been completely renovated now, I’m guessing once the rooms are all sorted that The Quad will quadruple its prices. I’ll sign off here for now but stay tuned later this week where I’ll report my final few days over at The Quad.


Trett Digest Volume 20

What’s up fans! I hope everyone had a nice holiday season with family, friends and loved ones. Mine was absolute brilliant as I shared it predominantly with Mam in my hometown of Cramlington. My niece and nephew Lauryn and Zach are now six and four respectively, and I'm enjoying uncle-hood much more than I could have ever imagined. I always find myself so happy and relaxed when spending time with family. I’ve also been catching up with a lot of friends and spending a bunch of time celebrating the festive season over a few beers. I feel so lucky to have the most amazing group of friends: Gary Sidney, Steesh Lee, Dean Struthers, Adam Bailey, Alex Inness, Kevin Giblin and so many more. I had so much fun bringing in the new year and value every minute I spend with these guys. When we get together, we have fun no matter what we do. It’s always great recounting old stories and creating new ones. #foreverfriends

I’ve been relatively quite as far as poker is concerned. I travelled to DTD, Nottingham on Friday 10th January for GPS. This was the biggest event of the series with 935 entries, DTD continually prove why they are the best venue in the UK for poker. I then proudly wore the captains armband down in Stoke on Saturday 1st February representing the NPF in the 2014 APAT Team Championship, despite our poor performance on the felt this was a position I took very seriously and was so proud, humbled and honoured to have been asked to undertake the role from NPF owner, administrator, moderator and good friend Dave Collins. #teamknob

Chris Lambert, Mark Nicholas, Chris Leckie & Alex Knight
Adam Matues, Dan Trett, Peter Newton & Karen Newton

Being asked gave me some validation to the countless hours I’ve spent taking care of all the things necessary to take on this kind of job. I’ve said several times how I hate the road and all the traveling that comes with tournament poker and I guess it isn’t as easy as it may seem. But looking back, I wouldn’t change it one bit. All the travel booking, all the missed and delayed flights, all the nights alone in hotels, all the nights sleeping on hotel floors, all the big scores, all the bubbles, all the miracle river cards, all the bad beats, all the nights partying, all the nights chillin’, all the people from all walks of life, all the cities, all the countries, all the experiences. It's been quite the journey. I've loved it and can't wait for some more.

Whilst on the subject of poker I’ve decided to organise a ‘Doubles Poker’ event for all the guys on the NPF and in the Newcastle area to enjoy. I’m aiming for this to be for some Saturday in late March or early April, it’s something I will definitely put in place but it’s on hold right now while I deal with some other issues. I’m sure it will be well supported and attended and I'm equally sure everybody that goes will have a fantastic day win, lose or draw. #letsplay #spin

Following on from reciting all the good and bad times from spending several hours, days, weeks, months and even years in my case on the road. I’m heading off to Las Vegas for my eighteenth visit on Monday, it’s been quite a ride since my first visit for my twenty first birthday in December 2005. I still love the city, the people I meet there and the memories that last a lifetime created there. I’m visiting with my friend Stuart Robinson who’s a great guy (I actually went with his brother Simon in September 2008). Poker will most definitely take a back seat during this trip and the emphasis will be hugely on having fun. Traditionally I always like to stay somewhere different and this trip is no different, so I’ve booked us into The Flamingo for a bargain price of £292 per a room for a week (£146 each). This website is truly the nuts when it comes to Las Vegas accommodation, I use it almost every time nowadays. #valuetown #bargainhunters

I’ll wrap things up now, as always I appreciate all my fans, followers and friends reading. All feedback is greatly appreciated, so please comment constructively be it negative or positive.

Stay safe kids

2013 Review

Merry Christmas everyone! I’m rolling up my final digest of the year and my 2013 annual review in to one entry. This entry comes from Newcastle upon Tyne, I still have strong attachments to this city where I was born as my mam, dad, brothers Mark and Steven and my gorgeous niece/nephew Lauryn/Zach all live here. My mams dog and adorable member of the family Oscar, has taken unwell with heart failure and been given approximately two months to live by the vets. I’m finding it really difficult to accept as he means so much to me, my mam and the rest of our family. I’m thankful though that I am around to love and care for him during his retirement months, I’m spending every spare minute in his company and I intend to cherish every single second. So right now I really don’t want to be anywhere in the world but here at home. I have the most amazing friends both on and off the felt who all mean so much to me in this city. It is a perfect spot for breaks between trips as it gives me a chance to see everyone, catch my breath and get back on my diet and fitness grind. I'm at my happiest when spending time with family, and this last few months has been no different.            

Earlier this year I returned from an ineffaceable year long trip split between Australia and America. So I’ve once again returned to the UK extremely inspired and happy. My time over this last year has been spent on a journey of personal development. I strongly feel that being abroad facilitates the ride. I attribute it to staying very active, meeting people from different backgrounds, and having some incredibly different experiences from those I have here in the UK. I can feel a sort of personal growth of which, admittedly, I am proud.

Traveling I spent the majority of my time in Sydney whilst also visiting almost every major city in Australia either playing poker tournaments or going out partying with friends. Then as is an annual tradition of mine I left Australia to take the super long-haul flight from Sydney to Los Angeles and spent the summer in Las Vegas. Breaking this up with a visit back home to England and a week in Spain with my boys. Then heading back to the USA for my first visit to Florida including Miami and Orlando. Chronologically, not including repeat visits my year looked like this:

- Sydney
- Melbourne
- Perth
- Brisbane
- Gold Coast
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- Benidorm
- Miami
- Orlando

Of the aforementioned, it's a very close call between Miami and Sydney as to which is my favourite. Miami is extremely liveable in that the weather, food, beaches, boardwalk, architecture and nightlife are awesome. I find the overall ambience of Sydney to be the best of any city I've visited. The Australian people are incredibly friendly, tolerant and open-minded. I've been fortunate to make some very good friends in the city which really helped too. I spent almost a month in Melbourne and would be doing it a disservice if I didn't mention how much I loved it. I found the city progressive, clean, health-conscience and convenient. Los Angeles is really growing on me. If you can't find something you like in LA, you're doing it wrong. It is unmatched culturally, the food is out of this world, and there is something incredibly cool about the anonymity that comes with residing in that city. My time in Orlando, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth has been brief, so I'm not qualified to comment on those cities. I will spend the Christmas holidays with family and friends here in Newcastle upon Tyne, so my travelling for 2013 are now just treasured memories. Memories which will last a lifetime.

It has been a somewhat successful year for me with poker, so I had half a mind to take an extended holiday once returning to the UK. I’ve had a bunch of success during 2013 including five figure tournament scores in Australia, USA and the UK. It's important that I explain that results do not necessarily define tournament poker skill. By no means am I a great tournament player. At least, that isn't determinable simply by bragging about my tournament accomplishments. In fact, there is so much variance in tournament poker that it is impossible to measure. It would be foolish and unprofessional to blame one's personal downswings on the variance in tournament poker and then hail oneself the greatest when I’m running well. It's important for me not to be too results orientated.

As I've said before, I am for the most part not motivated by my actual tournament poker results, I am much more concerned with my level of focus while competing, my preparation, and the decisions I make. However, I feel it is in my best interest to sort of go after these titles. I really love playing tournament poker right now, so it is a nice excuse to play some more. I think that the live tournament poker arena is in a really cool place. It is extremely competitive and ever-evolving. The leading personalities, for the most part, are young, inspired, healthy, friendly, well-rounded and great role models. I feel honoured to be around them. While I haven't made many plans for 2014 aside from leading the NPF in to battle in the APAT Team Challenge at Stoke in February, I expect I will continue to spend a lot of time playing live tournament poker. A friend told me something recently that resonated: "To give up something you love would be a travesty."

Thanks for reading and happy holidays everyone.

Trett Digest Volume 19

I’ve bought a car, partly as a matter of necessity to work for Dave sports trading, but predominantly because I’ve had a car since I was seventeen and felt handcuffed without one. Despite living only a £5 taxi fare into Newcastle city centre, I still felt I had my freedom restricted not being on the road. So I got a 54 plate Ford Focus Flight and it runs pretty well, also in the process of transferring my private T2 ETT plate over to hide the age a little.

So yeah this helps out a lot when sports trading, obviously makes it a lot of easier to get around the bookmakers to get the bets on. Another bonus of being on the road is I can now commute to Cramlington and back pretty easily, it’s just 15/30 minutes down the A1 depending on traffic. So I’m back getting involved in my good friend Gary Sidney’s boot camp, this is three times a week and then five a side football twice a week should help heaps with my fitness. I’m determine to get this part of my life corrected and finally beginning to get everything in place, just need to be strict with my diet. I’m currently 94kg and hoping to get that down to around 75kg ideally, although I won’t be doing anything in a hurry and just taking one step at a time. I’ll continue to check in here and over at the NPF Health & Fitness Tips Blog with my progress.

I played the £330 SPT Grand Final last weekend which didn’t go too well and I got stacked relatively early, if I’m honest with myself I didn’t play very good and couldn’t get my head right. The journey to Nottingham was not to no avail though, as I had a pretty wild night out with ‘Howard/Dixon Stable’ and also Allen Wang.

On the topic of poker, during November and December I’ll be playing poker almost every weekend with a pretty hectic schedule;

Sunday 3rd November: £110 Aspers Monthly
Friday 8th November: £1,070 GUKPT Blackpool
Sunday 24th November: £162 Genting Quarterly
Sunday 1st December: £110 Aspers Monthly
Saturday 7th December: £25 Smoggies Live Final
Sunday 8th December: £100 FTP Christmas Poker Party
Friday 13th December: £880 GPS Grand Final Sheffield

Away from the green felt I’ve been partying pretty hard, having several nights out with my non-poker friends. Then of course with the poker boy’s we here at HHH hosted a Halloween Party on 31st October, this was a whole lot of fun with everybody seemingly having a wonderful night. #delboy #halloween #scary #spooky

Then looking forward I’ve appointed myself chief organizer for the official NPF Christmas Night out, this is going to be on either Saturday 30th November or Saturday 21st December. Any NPF affiliates interested in going check out the thread and let me know your preferred date;

Hoping to get this all finalized by tomorrow evening. That’s all for now folks, thanks as always for stopping by and reading.

Have a great weekend

Trett Digest Volume 18

In typical baller fashion I only blog when I’m winning. When I last checked in I was leaving Miami and heading to Las Vegas for a month, things didn’t work out and after a brutal few days and losing what felt like an insurmountable amount of money I came home early. I spent some of my short time in the city with my cousin and his beautiful fiancĂ©, David and Laura. Where together we enjoyed a pretty wild night out over at Ghostbar in The Rio.

So I packed my bags and took the very relaxing club world business class flight back home to Newcastle, it was kind of a relief and brilliant to see all my friends and family.

Since being back here in the UK I’ve been reasonably busy playing a little bit of poker, I've attempted twice to win a GPS main event title. Once down Stoke and again up Edinburgh, both ultimately ending in failure, but rewarding failures nonetheless, with a 21st and a 3rd for £1,160 and £17,460 respectively.

Whilst discussing poker I’d like to mention my good friend Tom Middleton, who won the €5,000 EPT Barcelona main event for €942,000. I met Tom almost ten years ago when he was studying in Newcastle and more often than not we both ignored studying in favour of playing the local bowls. I regularly ask him for advice and he promptly responds, his guidance is invaluable to me. He’s my mentor but more importantly my friend and I owe lots of my success in poker to this guy. I was absolutely delighted to see him take down this major event and I’m sure he will continue to write his name into the poker history books. Quite simply an all-round brilliant guy and absolutely nobody has a bad word to say about him.

Away from the felt I’ve moved in to HHH, which as it happens is no longer HHH. Marc moved out as he found it difficult to deal with our banter, there may or may not have been something else behind his decision. But all here in this household wish him all the best and I’m sure he knows our door is always open. Marc moving out comes with a bonus though, I quickly upgraded to a bigger room with a balcony overlooking the Tyne. I’m having lots of fun but pretty conscious not to pick up their bad habits, mainly there diet and I’m making a big effort not to order a takeaway every night whilst also playing a couple of games of five a side football every week.

My balcony view

On the subject of healthy eating and exercise. I’ve been disappointed after making such good progress that I lost focus and now put a lot of my weight back on. Which is why I’m now affectionately known as fatty or fatboy notably by my speccy senile Dobba friend. But it is important to me and I do consciously eat healthier now. My good friend and personal trainer Gary Sidney has put me on this Juice+ program, which I’m enjoying and kind of feeling the benefits. Long way to go, but confident I will put things right.

I’ve spent heaps of time with friends and family since being back in the UK. I’ve visited Alton Towers for the first time in about eight years with Mark Mealyeah and John Kirsopp. We had a great day and there was heaps of new rides I’d never even rode. Also had a couple of wild Dan Trett-esk nights out with both my poker friends and friends away from the felt. Notably the NPF Team Bowl event, which was one of the best nights out I've had with the NPF boys. At 28 (29 in December) I’m finding it more and more difficult to party like I used too, but still love my boys and getting on it on a night out.

It’s not all play though and just yesterday I started working for Dave Maudlin and his betting syndicate, it’s early days yet but it seems okay and relatively easy with short hours which fits the lifestyle I’ve been accustomed these last few years. Looking forward and I have a friend’s birthday this weekend which I’m stoked about and should be lots of fun as a bunch of us are hitting Newcastle. Then on the poker front I will be heading down Blackpool with Knaggsy, Waspy and Dan Fatpants for the GUKPT on Friday 8th November. So watch this space for a staking thread coming soon. Thanks as always for reading and sorry for the lack of updates these last few months, I’ve just had a lot of other things to take care of and lacked a bit of motivation.