June 29, 2011
Too Hot For This…
We called in on The Gardeners Arms on Sunday to see if they were actually playing outside because of the warm weather! No, was the answer as all 22 runners seemed to have the pub to themselves because everyone else was in the beer garden!
15,000 starting stack at the Gardeners starting at 8pm but all the talk in the place was about Tango upping the 1st prize of the 2-month final to a $1,500 seat at the next W.S.O.P. with hotel & flights in Vegas. The top 70 players in the league will be invited to the fantastic 235 Casino in Manchester to play for the fantastic 1st prize worth over £2,000!
The Rhino, my beer monster chum , asked me “if i come to Vegas with you, do i have to play poker?” not what you would call a lover of the game my friend, but saying that he doesn’t really like anything that gets in the way of discovering his own “perfect pint” never mind Carling’s!
“Don’t worry” i told him “your job when we’re over there next year, is to find out what’s best, Bud or Coors!” he seemed delighted by this and ordered a couple of beers to celebrate.
I spotted Alan Kinsey on table 2 and went over for a quick chat, ‘AK’ keeps telling me i’m much older than he is but i can’t see it myself as he has 8 grandchildren and tells me he’s only 46! Who’s he trying to kid? He told me he’s 47 in August, so from August Mr. Kinsey shall be known as AK47!
Over The Border…
Monday night seen us landing at The Victoria in Horwich, Bolton. It seemed really quiet in the massive vault at the Vic, mind you last time i was there on a Monday night Bolton Wanderers were at home & the Reebok stadium is just around the corner.
Andy Winning runs the games at the Vic on Mondays & Wednesdays, both nights start at 8pm with 10,000 chips. The Bolton crowd got the ball rolling by starting a fresh name card i’m taking out & about with me. £1 per square and the winner will get a seat at Manchester’s 235 Casino on Sunday 4th Sept. In their first £50 W.S.O.P.E. feeder games! So make sure you have a spare couple of quid with you for when i turn up at your game.
Off to The Albion in Middleton next for another of Tango’s Monday night games. Howard started with 15,000 in chips for his 18 players & we turned up just as the players went on a 10 minute break at the end of level 3, perfect timing! I thought, whipped out my name card and the smoking area was now full of players searching their pockets for £1 coins.
The Rhino taps me on the shoulder, then pointing a finger at Howard he said to me “first time i’ve seen ‘H’ at a poker game still awake” not as crazy as it sounds actually, i’m up to 9 different pictures of ‘H’ asleep in 9 different pubs! I’ve told him, as soon as i get 12 i’m making a calendar to raffle off for charity!
Back at the bar, The Rhino was sorting a few quid out for his Vegas Club. In case you’re new to Tango, “Vegas Club” is a savings club for anyone interested in going to Vegas next year in the middle 2 weeks of June, the idea being.. the more of us there is going then the cheaper it will be! If you want any more info on Tango’s Vegas Club check out our Facebook page.
A quick visit to the 235 Casino to confirm a few details for Tango’s final on the 28th August, only to find out that Doug, the card room manager is in Vegas! Oh well, fingers crossed that all is good for the 28th, don’t want to start changing anything now the dates & prizes have all been arranged. (regular Tango players are not used to things being changed at the last minute! LOL LOL LOL LOL!!)
So me & the big fella set off for Cheers Bar in Prestwich singing the theme song from the famous rubbish TV show. “i wonder if everyone really will know my name when we get there” the Rhino says to me when we got to that point in the lyrics, “doubt it” i said “people are usually just scared of you”
Johnny goes into Cheers while i pose for a photo with the sign outside, i decide to ‘dance’ my way into the place for some reason & thinking i was alone bustin’ moves, there was a couple who i hadn’t spotted in the corner who found this hilarious! In fact the young lady was suffering from some sort of breathing problem from my Elvis impression & found it hard to hold back some sort of bodily function???
The league’s Guv’, “Tango Dave” runs this game and his head popped up saying “behave yourself! Just tell people we start at 8 with 13,000 but the venue is subject to change on Champions League nights now both City & United are in it” so there you go, i’ve told you…… T1L
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