Thursday, June 19, 2008

Back Home

I left Vegas earlier than i had planned so missed a few of the tournaments i had on my schedule. After the six tournaments, cash games and expenses i lost $1000 on the trip. For me thats a good Vegas result. I was ill for about five of the days i was there, which meant i played less tournaments than i wanted too. On the plus side i discovered the 24 DVD series and i almost watched series one without a break!

Someone posted a bunch of questions on my last post which i'll answer:

Whats the biggest ever pot you have won?

I've had a few around the $150,000 mark. It may actually be this one while i was in Vegas.

Whats the most you have lost/won in a month?

Most won $425,000 in January this year. Most lost $260,000 in March 2007.

Who are your toughest opponents online?

I actually do worst against tight passive players on full tables. I try and run over them way too much, and they pick me off! There are loads of good players, its too difficult to name a few.

What would you do if you didn't play poker?

Hmmm probably some office job i guess. I'd also like to own a bar/restaurant some day!

Would you rather win a bracelet and $200k or no bracelet with a $500k cash?

Its very close. In a few years hopefully i'd say the bracelet, but the extra $300k would buy me the car that i want!

What has happened to Gryko, Pommo and Dubai?

Gryko is a dealer at the new Luton G Casino, Pommo party's for a lving, and Dubai gambles on everything still.

Who is the most overrated player that has a big reputation?

Mostly the players who win one or two tournaments, yet have been losing players except for that for the last five years. There are plenty of them out there......

Are games getting harder online at high stakes every year?

In NL Hold'em the games are on a different level to three years ago. They are very tough to beat. As for PL Omaha, there are still plenty of soft spots especially at the $5-$10-$25-$50 levels....

Do you ever feel guilty about taking peoples money?

Not really. Anyone who plays high stakes online probably is either independently wealthy, or won the money playing poker in the first place.

How important is playing under anonymous IDs online where people don't have a clue that it is you?

It definitely helps especially if you play on sites with a small pool of players. If you have two years experience playing certain opponents, but they don't know it you, then its a massive edge.


Anonymous said...

Saw you sitting with $70000 and $35000 stacks the other day at $25/$50 on Full Tilt. Be awsome if you take that form to the bigger tables.


poker girl said...





George said...

Hi Ben,

Was wondering if you could help me, i'm off to Vegas next week and want to play Betfair while i'm there, but i understand they block log-ins when you're in the US. Do you know if there's any way round this?



Pud's Poker said...

Just wow at a $400k+ month!

How do you deal with the swings of such huge sums of money? Do you no longer think of it as money per se but in terms of BB?

K_Kahne_Fan said...

Would you mind if I add your blog to

Milkybarkid said...

Yo George

Use to play in the States!

The swings get easier to handle. It takes a day or two to get over a heavy loss, whereas it used to take a week or so!

Renee said...

Hey - this is a new article. I'm still new to the poker blog world and it was interesting to get an insight into your play. Thanks for sharing!

EssexBoy said...

I heard Gryko was stripping in a new transvestite version of Spearmint Rhino in Chigwell.

Anonymous said...

lol at essex boy

Those three were the best young players in UK a few years ago. I guess all their sins are catching up with them

Richard Gryko said...

I cant take it any more. People seriously believe I'd take a job as a dealer? In a Grosvenor casino? I'd rather kill myself.

Richard Gryko said...

Also Ben, you know I'm gonna figure out a way to get you back for this. Be wary of opening any unexpected packages in the next few weeks...:)

Milkybarkid said...


I'll give you an hours free coaching on Skype and we'll say we are even, can't say fairer than that!

Richard Gryko said...

If I took you up on that I would probably end up needing that dealers job after all...

Anonymous said...

The tomato Juices are on Gryko!

Anonymous said...

Can anyone help me find the club in Chigwell? And, out of interest, does anyone know what nights Rich is on?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Are you offering coaching these days, Ben?

How much would you charge if you did?

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