Weekly UK 3-Bet: Praz v. Siri, Grafton v. Luck, Lil Dave v. Xmas
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This week we look at Hit Squad captain Praz Bansi getting cheeky with Siri, Sam Grafton winning a year-long bet against a local London dealer and an astonishing story about Lil Dave Nicholson and a taxi headrest.
1) Praz Bansi: Why So Siri-ous?
With a pair of World Series of Poker gold bracelets hanging over his skinny wrists, founding member of the Hit Squad Praz Bansi has a bonce full of bright brain cells … or does he?
2012 has been a barren year for Bansi who's been conspicuous by his absence around the famous felts of the world. Maybe it's all getting to him?
After racking up more than $2.6 million in live tournament earnings between 2005 and 2011 it was particularly surprising not to see a single score from Bansi in 2012.
One thing we do know, howerver, is that he recently made the switch from BlackBerry to iPhone and like so many of us when we first laid hands on the Apple mobile device, he's experiencing a bit of a learning curve.
Bansi tweeted this screenshot of himself trying to use the voice recognition-driven Siri to help plan his day of watching sport.
The result wasn't quite as whimsical as Apple would have us believe.
2) Sam Grafton Wins a Bet Playing Ping Pong
When Sam Grafton was earning a living playing £1/£1 down The International, a dealer named Jimmy told him that he had the knack of spotting the next big thing.
Jimmy told Grafton that he predicted the success of Roland de Wolfe, James Akenhead and the Chattha Brothers after watching them come through the Gutshot Club.
Grafton's good friend Sam Acheampong had just won the £100 freezeout when Jimmy cited him as the next big thing. So assured of his track record was Jimmy that he offered Grafton £500 that Acheampong would win £50,000 during 2012.
Upon hearing this news Acheampong got excited and also bet Grafton £500 based on the understanding that Jimmy is a poker-scouting genius. Grafton was so confident that his friend Ping-Pong would not win a bean; he offered him odds of 4-1.
The year has ended and Acheampong has indeed not won a bean meaning Grafton is £1k better off whilst Jimmy and Ping Pong are now skint.
Rumour has it that Jimmy believes that Little David Nicholson is next to hit the superstar status of poker. Sorry Lil Dave.
3) Lil Dave and the Leeds Poker Office Xmas Party
Speaking of Lil Dave, after a whirlwind tour of Barbardos, St Kitts, Miami and Las Vegas - that incidentally cost him nothing; boy isn’t the poker life tough - Lil Dave was back in Good Old Blighty in time for the Leeds Poker Office Xmas Party.
But just who has their booty stuck firmly in the Leeds Poker Office these days? The list goes something like this: Jake Cody, Matt Perrins, Jamie Sykes, Tom Middleton, Ash Mason, Jack Ellwood, JP Lewis, Tommy Cunningham, Rob Woodcock and David Nicholson.
During last year's Xmas party one of the office juniors forgot their Secret Santa gift. But instead of panicking they went into the tank, and when they came out, had decided to steal the headrest from inside the taxi.
This was back in 2011and the gift was handed to one JP Kelly; Matt Perrins receiving a pink dildo from Jake Cody – we all know how close they are.
This year, during the 2012 Xmas party, they hilariously found themselves back in the same taxi and it was still missing a headrest. One of the guys felt guilty and reimbursed the driver for his troubles.
Into the restaurant, and just as the lads were tucking into their cheese and biscuits, the waiter in the told the gang that they had left something behind the year before; and came out with, you guesses it, the headrest.
Get more details from Lil Dave's blog right here.
Lee Davy is a writer from Ogmore Vale in South Wales. You can follow his views and opinions through his blog at www.needyhelper.com or on Twitter @Chingster23.