November 2007 will represent the culmination of a long term project that represents essentially one man's triumph against the system and against the odds with the opening of Europe's largest... and legal... poker club "dusk till dawn" in Nottingham.
Members of blonde poker have been able to follow the brutally honest and at times painful account of the path of the project from the idea of launching a poker club for poker players outside the casino environment to the reality of success via Rob's diary and then blog on the forum. Several million pounds of investment and many months of delay later, and opening is just around the corner.
Rob has been a member of blonde poker right from the start. Although an affluent self made man with a successful accountancy recruitment business, the SF group being the heart of his business operations, he is also a noted philanthropist via the Tishie Yong Foundation for the disabled, named after his sister who suffers from cerebral palsy.
As a poker player, despite a heavily curtailed schedule with his business commitments and being unable to play in the Grosvenor Estate because of his ban, he has a successful track record with a loose-aggressive style. A finalist in the 2006 EPT Dublin, runner-up in the 2006 Walsall Midlands Meltdown and second in a Five Diamond Poker Classic Event in Vegas are amongst his many achievements. If you haven't seen it yet take a look at his WSOP diary, in 'Best of blonde', from 2005. A brilliant thread detailing the ups and downs of Rob's first World Series, event by event. Rob is also an accomplished high stakes online cash player.
There is no doubt that dtd will change the Live Poker scene for the better in the UK. Both in scale and outlook, the customer experience for players in the club is likely to set a standard that will be tough to match. As such, the poker community has a lot to be grateful to Rob for. For blonde members in particular, Rob and they have been together all the way via the diaries, the blogs and the forum sponsorship.
Well done Rob.