I've been very fortunate to be given the opportunity to fly in British Airways Club World which from what I understand is their equivalent to business class, this is thanks to Chris who is a BA employee and has nominated me to receive all employee discounts/benefits for the next six months. This looks the absolute nuts, designed to make me comfortable from the moment I arrive at Heathrow until reaching Las Vegas. Check out the above link and below YouTube video for more details, they go some way to explaining why it's so expensive.
I played very little so far this month with my only success finishing 2nd in the Newcastle leg of the Sky Poker Tour for £2,750, I was a little disappointed not to get over the finishing line but when the dust settled I was delighted with the result and my performance. It would have been nice to win but I mean cash comes and goes (I learnt that a long time ago) and trophies gather dust after the novelty wears off, so on reflection I feel the most important thing is the satisfaction from the positive and encouraging words from all my peers and friends over at the NPF. So yeah big shout out to all those guys, who as usual were fantastic on both the live and virtual rail. Congratulations to Harry Metcalfe who played solid they entire final table and was eventually rewarded as he beat me heads up for £4,550, an absolute gentleman and well deserved champion. For those interested you can check out the final table action and a few photo's from the event below;
Looking forward and in 2012 I've already selected a few festivals/events I'm interested in playing, basically whenever the national tours come local (or within a couple of hours drive) I'll be looking to get involved. I'll be playing a heavy (probably full) UKIPT Newcastle schedule in September, this has increased the main event buy in to £700 (+£70) which should generate an impressive prize pool. Genting have also launched a poker series (GPS) beginning in 2012, I'll be supporting the Edinburgh (May) and Sheffield (September) legs. These are both approximately equidistant from Newcastle around a two hour drive, the main events are all £400 (+£30) with £100,000 guarantees so likely some juicy overlays on offer with these.
Away from the felt I've still been watching One Tree Hill from time to time, I bought series one through to seven back in March (as mentioned in TDV03). I finished these with pretty much perfect timing for series eight to be released in November, which I'm currently about a third of the way through. As far as I know series nine will be the finale, which will be a great shame as it really does make for excellent viewing. For those that haven't seen it but like typical high school drama including love, friendship, rivalries and betrayal I would highly recommend it, £150 very well spent if you ask me. Not to mention the array of red hot girls in the programme, check out the talent below which will be a nice way to close off 2011;
Brooke DavisPeyton SawyerHaley James ScottQuinn JamesTaylor JamesMia CatalanoAlex DupreRachel GatinaAnna TaggaroMillie Huxtable
As well as some attractive mothers, commonly known as MILFS;
Take it easy