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« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2012, 11:05:54 AM »

Poker is not really a game where many players take much account of human/ real life emotion at the table. We worry about outdraws and bad beats. We curse in chatboxes, well some do.

However at Nottingham this weekend something a little different has happened.

Throughout the tournament Ian Senior, who lost his wife a short time ago, has used his Valentines Day gift to his late wife as a card protector. Around his neck on a chain he has worn his wife's wedding ring.

I was watching the latter stages of yesterday, the field had just gone to 9 players and we needed to lose one more player to hit today's final.

I sat, weary, to the side of the final table.

The cards were dealt, Ian was on the button in seat one for the first hand. Before he looked at his cards he reached inside his Hit Squad Polo shirt, pulled the chain out and kissed the wedding ring.

Man, I can do cynical with the best of them, but I was in bits!

Periodically through the 90 minutes or so I'd catch him looking up to the ceiling. He saw me watch him do it, and smiled gently across at me. None of the players he is competing against know the back story to Ian's achievement of course, but he knew I knew.

I don't know Ian too well, but for a low stakes player from a recreational background (he and his wife were regular attenders at the Sky Poker Tour and forum live games), this is some achievement

As Ian said to me though "Whatever happens, I'm happy"

Probably a motto many in the poker world could learn from.
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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2012, 11:07:56 AM »

Rooting for Ian the most, but John Black winning the sweepstake?! Please!
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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2012, 11:11:19 AM »

Thank you for the last 5 days Richard most enjoyable

Today will be a



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« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2012, 11:27:03 AM »

Just read Tightys post and as I know no one on final table gotta cheer Mr Senior on
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« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2012, 11:29:11 AM »

Poker is not really a game where many players take much account of human/ real life emotion at the table. We worry about outdraws and bad beats. We curse in chatboxes, well some do.

However at Nottingham this weekend something a little different has happened.

Throughout the tournament Ian Senior, who lost his wife a short time ago, has used his Valentines Day gift to his late wife as a card protector. Around his neck on a chain he has worn his wife's wedding ring.

I was watching the latter stages of yesterday, the field had just gone to 9 players and we needed to lose one more player to hit today's final.

I sat, weary, to the side of the final table.

The cards were dealt, Ian was on the button in seat one for the first hand. Before he looked at his cards he reached inside his Hit Squad Polo shirt, pulled the chain out and kissed the wedding ring.

Man, I can do cynical with the best of them, but I was in bits!

Periodically through the 90 minutes or so I'd catch him looking up to the ceiling. He saw me watch him do it, and smiled gently across at me. None of the players he is competing against know the back story to Ian's achievement of course, but he knew I knew.

I don't know Ian too well, but for a low stakes player from a recreational background (he and his wife were regular attenders at the Sky Poker Tour and forum live games), this is some achievement

As Ian said to me though "Whatever happens, I'm happy"

Probably a motto many in the poker world could learn from.

proppa quality summing up Tighty, hope he does it for the nice guys and it will be the greatest ever poker story. GL again Mr Senior
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« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2012, 11:32:08 AM »

should be nice an easy day for u today with only 1 table lol
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« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2012, 11:32:57 AM »

I'm using my one time for Mr Ian Senior. WHAT A STORY!!
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« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2012, 11:35:22 AM »

Just read Tightys post and as I know no one on final table gotta cheer Mr Senior on
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« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2012, 11:52:46 AM »

Good luck to Mr Senior.

For spoilt sods like myself it helps to have a reminder from time to time what many have been through in their lives. I can only look on in admiration at those who cope with extreme sadness and loss and maintain a positive and warm outlook.

I repeat, good luck that man.
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« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2012, 11:57:34 AM »

Richard,

Once again you've produced a top performnce on the updates, huge respect to you fella. Over the weekend I seen you seemingly in pain at times, feet hurting and obviously weary from the long days.

As well as the updates, you never failed to take time for a bit of chat and banter with many attending whilst always keeping your eye on the tables/updates.

Top work big guy and my personal thanks

(and yes I managed to get a bit of a wind up on Ade - lol)

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« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2012, 11:58:33 AM »

Good luck to Mr Senior.

For spoilt sods like myself it helps to have a reminder from time to time what many have been through in their lives. I can only look on in admiration at those who cope with extreme sadness and loss and maintain a positive and warm outlook.

I repeat, good luck that man.

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Good luck Ian Senior

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« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2012, 11:59:34 AM »

Bit of A Story.........

I was at the fox club 2 weeks ago for The Genting Event . During  the Day I got talking to the guy to my right , and told him I was impressed with his game .He eventually agreed to come to dinner with Myself ,John Conroy (Punk Floyd) and his mate Alex . He told me he was a cash game player who actually lives in Jersey and travels around the poker scene on the back of his cash game winnings. ....His Name ?   James Cummings  who is on the final table today .

I tell you this because  the following night I went to dinner with Albert Sapiano who actually won the Genting event

Could a  London Dinner Double be on the cards ?  I think hes a really nice guy and a very solid player so the 6 -1 Trigg has put up looks a bit of value .

Good Luck James
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« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2012, 12:04:52 PM »

Seat 1: Ian Senior, 55, United Kingdom
Chips: 3,765,000


A 55-year-old chartered accountant from Buxton, Ian Senior started playing poker in a Redtooth poker pub game in the back of a Thai restaurant - just for fun - and has ended up on the final table of UKIPT Nottingham against his expectations. "I didn't book a hotel," he said. "Also I have to cancel some appointments tomorrow and I have an electrician coming." Senior recently lost his wife to cancer, and having accumulated the £700+£70 buy-in in pub poker tournaments, he is playing this big event in her memory. At one point down to 4,000 chips, Senior is now within striking distance of the trophy, on the weekend of his anniversary.

Seat 2: Hasmukh Khodiyara, 25, United Kingdom, PokerStars player

Chips: 2,350,000


Hasmukh Khodiyara has recently graduated from university with a degree in business. He bought in directly to the UKIPT Nottingham main event after "a decent score online" as he could not resist being part of an event this big. The £22,750 he is guaranteed for making the final table already represents his biggest live result, and should things fall his way on day four, he is considering going pro. It is definitely an improvement on his previous UKIPT Nottingham experience in season two when he busted in the last level of the first day. Although his friends don't play poker, they will be in attendance on the rail as he attempts to take down the title.

Seat 3: Robert Baguley, 60, United Kingdom
Chips: 2,115,000


A 60-year-old retired landlord from Leicestershire, Robert Baguley is a regular at Dusk Till Dawn but usually plays low stakes cash games. He won a seat to the main event at the club on Tuesday to play on Wednesday's starting flight. He has had very little sleep since the start of the event, and is excited to have made final table. This is his first UKIPT event and regardless of whether he takes the title or not, he plans on taking a holiday with his wife to Cornwall - the first they'll have been able to take in eight years.
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« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2012, 12:06:07 PM »

Seat 4: Iqbal Ahmed, 29, United Kingdom, PokerStars Player
Chips: 6,680,000


Iqbal Ahmed has been the chip leader in this UKIPT Nottingham main event since the early stages of day two and has held a two to one advantage over the nearest stack throughout. "I just got paid off," he said. He must be doing something right, as he came second in the Estrellas Poker Tour Alicante Main Event last year and is a professional player, mainly sticking to the online side of the game. Turning 30 in May, Ahmed said that the £210,400 first prize would mainly mean one thing: "A bigger bankroll."


Seat 5: Barry McMahon, 25, Ireland
Chips: 1,750,000


Barry McMahon is a 25-year-old joiner from Ireland, playing his second UKIPT event (following Dublin in season two). He bought in directly taking his lead from his friend and UKIPT champion, Emmett Mullin, who has been following McMahon's progress from the rail. McMahon is a keen live player who started out at his local pub but has since honed his skills to make it to the final table here at UKIPT Nottingham. If he rises up from the short stack to take first prize tomorrow, he plans to head to the USA for a holiday, with a stop off in Vegas of course.

Seat 6: James Cummings, 26, United Kingdom
Chips: 2,575,000


The 26 year old property developer James Cummings has travelled to Nottingham from Jersey, via London, to play in this year's tournament. After spending four weeks in the capital, his friend satellited into the event and James decided to take a punt and come along. A wise decision. This is his first appearance on the UKIPT, although he does regularly play live. Should he win big at the final, it will fund this summer's trip to the World Series.
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« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2012, 12:07:30 PM »

Seat 7: Nick Woodward, 26, United Kingdom
Chips: 2,445,000

The 26-year-old Londoner, Nick Woodward, is having a great run at his first ever UKIPT event. The semi-pro was enticed to play in Nottingham event by the £1 million guarantee and the great structure. Having worked in casinos for years, Woodward developed an interest in poker, and quickly realised he could make more by switching to the other side of the table. If he walks away with the £210,000 first prize this weekend, he'll be taking all his mates on a big night out.

Seat 8: Grant Pirie, 21, United Kingdom
Chips: 2,430,000

At 21, Grant Pirie is the youngest of the UKIPT Nottingham finalists. He started playing in 2009 and now works as a casino dealer in his home town Aberdeen. This is his first UKIPT event and is already his biggest cash to date. The £1 million prize pool was too good to miss and he decided to invest in a direct buy-in to the Nottingham event. With no real plans as to what to spend the prize money on, he just seems happy to have made it to the final day.



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