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Why I shall be up at dawn to watch the royal family in all its bizarre glory

theguardian.com — The agreed national line on the royal wedding is: "Good luck to the youngsters, I hope they're happy, but I'm not very interested." That is what everybody says. The engagement was announced to a roar of benevolent apathy. I have encountered neither republican fervour nor royalist excitement since this whole thing began, only a vague and indifferent goodwill.

No, Adam Johnson, child abuse is not a grey area

theguardian.com — All I seem to be doing at the moment is arguing about Adam Johnson. I bickered about him over dinner at a friend's house. I rowed about him in a poker game, where it's bad form to have a difference of opinion about anything other than the likely outcome of a sporting event.

My dad's memorial service was going so well. Then the ghouls turned up

theguardian.com — Christmas is upon us and normal rules are suspended. This is not a column so much as a Yuletide story. So settle down by the hearth, dear readers. Butter yourselves a crumpet, pour yourselves a glass of something warming and prepare yourselves for a tale of twists and turns, shadows and deceit, plotting and revenge.

The Man Behind the Shades: The Rise and Fall of Poker's Greatest Player: The Rise and Fall of Stuey 'The Kid' Ungar, Poker's Greatest Player: Amazon.co.uk: Nolan Dalla, Peter Alson: 9780753820773: Books

amazon.co.uk — Buy The Man Behind the Shades: The Rise and Fall of Poker's Greatest Player: The Rise and Fall of Stuey 'The Kid' Ungar, Poker's Greatest Player by Nolan Dalla, Peter Alson (ISBN: 9780753820773) from Amazon's Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders.

On skipping the WSOP

pokerstarsblog.com — I'm not going to the WSOP this year. From the looks on some friends' faces when I say that, you'd think I was announcing I was starting treatment to become a man. Not horror, not disapproval, just total surprise. I've been to Vegas every summer for the last five years.

How we tried to make the greatest porn film ever: Amazon.co.uk: Victoria Coren, Charlie Skelton: Books

Victoria Coren: From tomboy schoolgirl to $1 million poker queen

theguardian.com — At the end of the article below we described Roland de Wolfe as "the first player in the world to win a hat-trick of titles on the European Poker Tour, the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas" but he is actually one of two people with this considerable achievement.

Confessions of a Player: Amazon.co.uk: Victoria Coren: 9781847672933: Books

amazon.co.uk — Buy For Richer, For Poorer: Confessions of a Player by Victoria Coren (ISBN: 9781847672933) from Amazon's Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders.

Poker: Remember, it's just a game

theguardian.com — Last week at the EPT Grand Final in Madrid, I gave some advice to an opponent on the final table of the €500 women-only tournament. She was a likable young Greek player who had won her seat in a satellite on the PokerStars website and I suspected she hadn't played many live events.

As the Bible wisely says, the tweet shall inherit the earth

theguardian.com — Does God want you to be a spin doctor? If so, tweet the Archbishop of York immediately. Dr John Sentamu has posted on his Twitter page: "I am seeking a director of communications. Is God calling you?" It would be very unexpected of God, and very modern, to use His holy voice to summon a director of communications.
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Oct 22, 2016

@BossMotors @WILTY_TV @BlochMatt Wasn't he great? Well done Matt! I was laughing and laughing xx I hear you got "a lot of love" on Twitter

Oct 20, 2016

UK poker players: the upcoming WPT festival at Dusk Til Dawn will have a special tournament in memory of Devilfish:  http://www.cardkings.co.uk/uncategorized/dave-devilfish-ulliott-to-be-remembered-with-1m-devilfish-cup/ 

Oct 19, 2016

I'm very shocked and sad to hear of the death of Dave Colclough, one of the friends and heroes of my early days in poker. Terrible news, RIP

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