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November 11, 2005

BlondePoker Q&A

My favourite poker forum at blondepoker.com are encouraging members to give answers to a series of questions to form a profile of each member as a reference guide for fellow 'blondeites'. Here's a copy of mine...

What is your BlondePoker username?

Junior or PokerGirlie (depends on my mood)

Which area do you live in?

Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire (although i class myself as a Mansfield lad!)

What is your marital status?

Single (but live with my girlfriend)

Do you have any children and/or pets?


When did you start playing poker?

Properly in 2002 - after i graduated. Before that - I played a little 1p-2p games at uni but we didnt really know the rules and everyone cheated - so i dont class that as proper poker.

Where can you be found playing live?

Mainly at Gala Nottingham but i get around alot to Napoleon's in Sheffield and the Grosvenor's in Walsall, Luton, Blackpool. I also travel around the rest of the UK and occasionally abroad playing alot of the Euro circuit events.

What is your favourite online site?

Pokerstars (but i can't win on it)

What is your handle there?

"_Jnr._" or "thecharge" or "Garageflower" (yes, i have 3 but so what, arrest me!)

What is the harshest beat you have inflicted on an opponent?

I'm not that type of player - i always get my money in whilst in front and seldom outdraw players. - you can class me as a solid rock type.

Who are your poker heroes?

I really like Daniel Negreanu for his attitude, thoughts on the game, style and results.

Who is your best friend in poker?

My Dad would be the person i talk the most to about poker (although he has totally different ideas about the game to me - he cant really play :-)). I am good friends with Tony Kendall - but he's a world-wide celebrity now and he don't mix with the commoners too much now :-). Julian Thew is also a very good poker friend, he is as nicer guy you could meet in poker and many young 'fullofattitude' players could learn alot from him in the way he conducts himself and behaves at the table.

What are your greatest accomplishments in poker?

Being able to give up my job that i really truly hated and be able to persue a life playing poker is probably my greatest accomplishment. Coming 2nd in the Midlands Medley at Walsall in February of this year - it won me a lot of money and really made my decision for me of what i was going to do for the rest of the year. Winning my heat and making the final in the televised William Hill GP this year against a truly world calss field made me very proud and i was walking on air for days.

What is your most embarrassing moment in poker?

Not really had many, i remember going back with big chips to the £300 freeze in walsall for the 2nd day and was back on the A38 within 35 minutes after doing the lot through terrible play and finally finishing it off by making a huge button over raise with K-10 (14 times the BB!) only to find fellow blondeite 'Hotdog' in the BB with KK writing his christmas list.

Which Blondepoker thread did you enjoy the most?

the 'Hello, I'm new' PokerGirlie thread... it worked a treat and exactly as planned - Colch Kiv, AdamM, RobHM, Ariston, Sunday8pm - i thankyou for your gullabilityness (new word)

The thing I love most about BlondePoker is?

The commaradary, the encouragement and the feeling of family and belonging. - i also love the fact that there are complete beginners and seasoned professionals and everything in between mixing with each other sharing their thoughts, feelings and opinions. - long may it continue.

My biggest pet hate in poker is?

I absolutely hate those players that chirp and cheer when they win a pot but are truly horrible when they lose or get outdrawn - i'm not naming names but i regularly play with a couple of players who are so badly behaved at the table. They swear at players, abuse dealers, throw cards and bang the table when they lose but as soon as they win a pot they are all sweetness and smiles - it is wrong! - anyone who loses with bad grace, behaves in this fashion but decides to win with smiles is a cancer to the game and action should be taken against them by the card rooms and casinos. I also really really hate smoking in card rooms - there is no need for it and smoking in card rooms should be banned.

What are your main interests outside poker?

Golf, football, my new house, messing about on the internet and errr.... poker.

Tell us something about yourself none of us would know

I could bore you with my golfing exploits and my +2 (better than scratch) handicap but i wont, instead i'll tell you that I suffer from diabetes (not many people know that) and have done since i was 16 (not an easy time to develop the condition). I inject myself with insulin between 4 and 5 times a day and check my blood sugars up to 6 times a day. It can be a real ball ache during long tournaments but you just learn to live with it.

What is your favourite pie filling?

Chicken and Mushroom

Who is your favourite singer?

Crispin Hunt of 'Longpigs' but i also like Cat Stevens, Paul Weller and many many more guitar based, singer and song writers. - I absolutely detest fake pop idol, x-factor type acts that the charts and shelves are littered with these days - it is ruining UK independent music as proper bands that play their own music and write their own songs don't get the chance to grow and shine in the current Uk music scene.

What is your favourite song?'

A Parting Gesture' by The Bluetones from their album Expecting to Fly

Who is your ideal man or woman?

Sickbags at the ready.... My ideal woman is my girlfriend.. she is strong, independent, loving, generous, kind, courteous and she is so supportive of everything i do. - she is everything i could want in a woman.Apart from her, i would have to at a push go for Keira Knightly.

What is your favourite holiday destination?

I usually combine going away with poker and recently went to Vegas and most recently Laughlin (both in the States). I havent really got a favourite destination, i think holidays are more about the people you are with and what you make of it.

If I could change one thing about myself I would?

I would become a winning internet player instead of the calling station, loose, indisciplined fish that i am right now.


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