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Tango Poker League Blog 1

Blogger Tony Curran takes a tour of Manchester's pub poker scene

Published on July 7th 2011.

Tango Poker League Blog 1

THE Tango Poker League takes place in pubs across Manchester with games on every night of the week. Blogger Tony Curran is one of the regulars – he introduces us to some of the league's pubs and players.

The Gardeners Arms, Droylsden, Sunday nights

We called in here on Sunday to find the 22 runners had the pub to themselves because everyone else was in the beer garden.

There's a 15,000 starting stack at the Gardeners starting at 8pm but all the talk in the place was about Tango upping the first prize of the two-month final to a $1,500 seat at the next World Series of Poker with hotel and flights in Vegas. The top 70 players in the league will be invited to the 235 Casino in Manchester to play for the first prize worth over £2,000.

002 The RhinoThe Rhino, my beer monster chum, asked me, “If I come to Vegas with you, do I have to play poker?” He's not a lover of the game – he doesn’t like anything that gets in the way of discovering his 'perfect pint'. I told him his job in Vegas 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 eight grandchildren and tells me he’s only 46. Who’s he trying to kid? He told me he’s 47 in August, so from then Mr Kinsey shall be known as AK47.

The Victoria, Horwich, Monday and Wednesday nights

Monday night saw 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 and the Reebok stadium is just around the corner.

003 The VicAndy Winning runs the games at the Vic on Mondays and 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 and about with me. £1 per square and the winner will get a seat at Manchester235 Casino on Sunday 4 September – in their first £50 WSOPE feeder games.

The Albion, Middleton, Monday nights

Off to The Albion in Middleton next for another of Tango’s Monday night games. Howard started with 15,000 in chips for his eighteen players and we turned up just as the players went on a ten-minute break at the end of level three. Perfect timing, I thought, then whipped out my name card. The smoking area was now full of players searching their pockets for £1 coins.

004 HThe Rhino tapped me on the shoulder, then pointing a finger at Howard, said to me, “First time I’ve seen ‘H’ at a poker game still awake.” I’m up to nine different pictures of ‘H’ asleep in nine different pubs. 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. This is a savings club for anyone interested in going to Vegas next year in the middle two weeks of June. The idea being that the more of us there is going, the cheaper it will be. If you want any more info on Tango’s Vegas Club check out our Facebook page – click here.

Cheers Bar, Prestwich, Tuesday nights

Before heading to Prestwich, we had a quick visit to the 235 Casino to confirm a few details for Tango’s final on 28 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 and prizes have all been arranged.

005 Cheers- MeSo me and the big fella set off for Cheers Bar in Prestwich. He went in while I posed for a photo with the sign outside. I decided to ‘dance’ my way in to the place, thinking I was alone. The young lady I hadn't spotted in the corner suffered from some sort of breathing problem after seeing my Elvis impression.

The league’s 'Guv’, Tango Dave runs this game, and his head popped up saying, “Behave yourself. Just tell people we start at 8pm with 13,000 but the venue is subject to change on Champions League nights now both City and United are in it.”

So there you go, I’ve told you. 'Till next time.

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