Back in 2004 when I first starting playing poker, I played on a site called Bet365. David Colclough had a column for the site and I obsessively read them trying to pick up tips. I particularly remember one article where he discussed the benefits of 2.5’ing vs 4x’ing in tournaments. Another article discussed a satellite he’d recently played where they were on the direct bubble and someone who had more or less locked in a seat called an all in with kings much to the dismay of Colclough as he was one of the shorter stacks (the kings ended up holding anyway).
Before ending up at the University of Warwick in 2009, I did a brief half year stint at Imperial College London. At the freshers fair, David came and played the tournament and after busting ended up playing a bunch of heads up sit and go’s against all comers. I didn’t get to play him but I did get him to pose for a photo with my then favourite hand 97. He thought it was some sort of set up, hence his look of somewhat dismay, but I was absolutely chuffed.
Rup and ElBlondie
I was an early signup to his poker forum Blonde Poker and for the last 11 years have spent more time than I care to think reading and posting on it. I still read it pretty much every single day despite playing less and less poker myself.
Down the years I ended up seeing David on the scene, in particular around the Midlands casinos (Birmingham Broadway and Walsall usually) always in seemingly soft games. I played with him in a few tournaments, even busting him from a couple. I chronicled him owning me in a couple of pots here (lol 2010 poker).
I grind away and get up to 19k before raising AKss UTG at 75/150 to 475, something like 3 callers and i’m first to act. Flop is A23 two tone, I bet 1125 and David Colclough is the only caller on the button. The turn is 4d giving me a flush draw. I think checking and betting are close, I think he might even fold a flop FD if I bet and even hands like AQ AJ he’s not loving so might only continue with two pairs/sets/straights/sometimes FD. He checks behind and river is a 7. Pots about 4k I think and I bet 2825 which is pretty big bet and obv for value. He raises to 5825 and I make a massively spewy call and get shown 85ss. Pretty awful call but nevermind.
The last time I saw David at a tournament was the APT Philippines in Manilla. I’d won some sort of joke package on iPoker which involved me spending $1k to play a $2k tournament. After I busted I jumped in one of the softest $10/20 games I’ve ever played. Across the room in the $25/50 was David surrounded by Phillipino and Chinese business men .
Along with Daniel Negreanu, David was my original poker hero from his Bet 365 articles, playing with him the The Hendon Mob League, watching him on Late Night Poker, and of course, Blonde Poker. I have always found him to have time for people, be easy to talk to (albeit often quiet), and pleasant at the table. Rest in peace, David.
 Incidentally, this is where I played with Elton Tsang and a month later after winning San Remo I sent him a message offering to stake him. He declined, which is good for him, he just won the €1m one drop for €11m.
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This is Christmas
Avocado, prawns, and smoked salmon for Christmas brunch
Ham, leeks, and mash
Christmas day pudding, raspberry roulade
Koopa must have sniffed out the cheeseboard
Had a day in Shanghai on my way to Australia – the bullet train wasn’t quite as fast as Japan
Stopped off in Fu He Hui, ranked 76 in the worlds top restaurants. No idea what this is
Some banana ice cream and mixed fruits dessert
Landed in Melbourne, first port of call is Hunky Dory obvs
My view to welcome in 2016
Taking a phone call in paradise
There are many fish in Australia
Had to climb a wee bit to get this view but my word the Whitsundays are amazing
Another boring sunset
I tried to take a video of this turtle but accidentally didn’t press the button and it had left when I found out. Fortunately did get this snap
The highest point in the Whitsundays. 45 minute 5km hike I think.
Last known sighting of me playing live poker
Australia vs India ODI. Australia won after I left at half time because I was bored
Max very much enjoying the prospect of buying a watermelon
This is Gin and OJ I believe, consumed via syringe. Straight into the veins, of course.
The fountain outside the Melbourne Museum
Andy Murray presumably about to lose
First stop in Sydney was a Korean restaurant. Bibimbap + Mandu <3
Bondi Beach, Sydney
Got invited to Noma, couldn’t say no. Was very very good, but Copenhagen was better.
Went on an epic 15km hike with a couple of friends and it was absolutely worth the leeches and dead legs for this view
Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge
I saw “Beethoven Alive” in the Sydney Opera House. I had a nasty bout of what is colloquially known as the shits, ironically during movement number 2.
After Sydney I went to Agonda in India. This is my view of the beach. Every day there were lads playing cricket of football.
Lit a lantern and watched it float away. I can reveal that my wish has not come true.
Just like Kings Cross on a rainy day
Don’t be a pussy, this seems legit
Grabbing the low hanging fruit in Kochin, India.
Chinese fishing nets in Kochin. There is an absolutely incredible amount of litter.
Some cannon, no significance to me but looks cool and good content filler not that anyone is reading this
Went on a boat for a night and ate these bad boys
There was a street parade for what I can only assume was for my arrival. These elephants they’d manage to tame down nicely with several huge footcuffs and no doubt a bit of heavy beating in their youth.
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I took great enjoyment in playing the UKIPT in Edinburgh in November. I was so eager to get out of the house that I even flicked in the £165 turbo too. Unfortunately nothing prevailed in either and when Saturday came I decided that the pub was a stronger option than the £2k highroller (which I’m informed was very good value). Fortunately I had a decent chunk of the eventual winner to get me more or less out of what was otherwise a pretty bad month poker wise.
My apathy towards poker is still pretty strong. One more month to try and play more than a handful of sessions (even though it will be cut short). I think next year I’ll stop posting my results – initially I wanted to offer a more accurate reflection of how I was doing for my Twitch viewers, but I think you’ve got a pretty good idea of how I do. Basically: not as well as you think I do when you see big scores. Also, it’s pretty evident how lazy I am!
I am going to Australia from Boxing day getting back on Feb 9th so my final playing day of the year will likely be the 20th December. Plan is sailing for two weeks, poker/tennis for two weeks, Sydney for a week. Oh this life is hard sometimes. I’m actually still having a great time in Edinburgh at the moment so I’m kind of annoyed I booked such a long trip but I am certain I will have fun nevertheless. After that I am best man for a very good friends wedding and have an exam in June so I’ll likely stick to my somewhat haphazard schedule before getting properly back on the grind in June.
Anyway, to the juicy stuff:
4th Hotter 75 $8,525
1st Lightning 6-max $2,289
Had no decent sweats all month really, didn’t play as well as I could have.
Sold Pieces: $1089.63
Bought Pieces: $11,930.90
Some more stats:
Days played: 9
Hours played: 76.82
Hands played: 30,611
EVbb/100: 0.71 
 Oh dear.
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October ended up being a bit bittersweet. On the one hand I had a great month and ran above expectation – however the three big final tables I made I failed to convert any of them into a lot more. Shouldn’t moan too long though, November has started off with an awful Sunday session so maybe I’ll find some motivation to play more than six days this month.
In fairness, I did spend three days in Malta pretending that I enjoyed the live tournament scene and all the associated beauty of the country. Very much a winners curse though for the slacking.
Anyway, to the juicy stuff:
6th S500 $13,503
7th S500 $10,720
6th Bigger 162 $7,797
32nd WPN Million $3,300
10th Pokerfest $3,238
3rd $82 Hyper $2,552
5th Hot 44 $2,433
Some nice scores but lots of nearly massive scores.
Twitch: -$256.47 
Sold Pieces: -$714.30
Bought Pieces: -$897.20
Some more stats:
Days played: 7 
Hours played: 77.72
Hands played: 27,923
EVbb/100: 2.86 
Hmmm so that’s actually more disappointing than I thought it was but nevermind. Hopefully good things happen in November – don’t have huge plans for the month so guess I’ll just hit the gym and poker pretty hard.
 Yay, finally got those first sub/ad payments
 Seriously seriously lazy – also just found I missed one date on my spreadsheet that was a -$5k Sunday. This has severely damaged me psychologically. Oh well.
 Insert generic excuse here, probably high density of Tuesday games or something. Or ya know, variance.
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