Weekly UK 3-Bet: Skalie Diary, Lewis Lead, £179m Deal

Jon Kalmar
Jon Kalmar's new online journal headlines this week's UK 3-Bet.

The PokerListings Weekly UK 3-Bet is an alcohol clouded, dimly remembered drinking tale dredged from the depths of the poker news subconscious.

This week in the 3-Bet we bring you excerpts from Jon Kalmar's new online diary, a mainstream newspaper article about Southampton poker pro Toby Lewis plus news of a £179 million casino deal that will expand the GUKPT.

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1) Jon “Skalie” Kalmar Opens Up in Online Diary

It was 2007 that a punk rocker known as Jon “Skalie” Kalmar scared the living crap out of the final table members of the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Jon Kalmar
Jon Kalmar

Kalmar ultimately finished in fifth place for a $1,255,069 score. Not bad for a self confessed degenerate gambler from the tough streets of Blackpool.

Kalmar has earned his living through gambling ever since that fabled day and he's decided to tell all in a new series of posts on Lil Dave Nicholson’s blog.

An excerpt:

Gambling is in my Blood, My Dad did it, my granddad did it and I am sure his father before him liked a little dabble too. The fact is everyone does. There might be people out there saying “I don’t gamble” but that just bollocks. Everyone does, just they don’t realise it.

Maybe it’s the odd pound on the pools or lottery disguised in the thought that you “donated to good causes”. Well those people kid themselves.

The excitement of the lottery may not be what it once was but many a ‘Non gambler’ would sit around the radio or TV on a Saturday evening checking the Footy scores hoping to bag eight score draws or 6 numbers from machine Arthur.

And while they do, they are not thinking about funding Opera companies and poor inner city play grounds either, much more likely they are thinking about phoning the boss Monday morning to tell him “You can stick your poxy job, you fat bald fascist bastard!”.

2) LAPC Score Vaults Lewis to UK GPI Lead

It seems the cherubic-looking Toby Lewis can do no wrong these days.

Toby Lewis

The Southern Daily Echo has just run a story on Lewis with the title: The ex-Hampshire Schoolboy Now One of Poker’s Top Millionaires.

His sixth place finish at the recent World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic has helped him leapfrog Roberto Romanello to the top of the UK rankings on the GPI.

So how did he manage to become so successful?

Southampton-born Toby Lewis has quite literally bluffed his way to the top of the poker world – raking in millions.

The 23-year-old is taking the gambling tables by storm, living a life that sees him jetting off to some of the world’s most glamorous destinations for big money tournaments.

But the young poker player – who goes by the nicknames “810ofclubs” – doesn’t put his success down to luck, it has come through hard work and strict discipline.

Read the full article here.

3) GUKPT Parent Company Signs £179m Casino Deal

Rank Group Plc owner of the Grosvener United Kingdom Poker Tour, finally rubber-stamped a deal to purchase 19 land-based casinos and three non-operating licenses from their competitors Gala Coral.

The deal, worth £179 million, means that Rank now boasts 54 casinos and 12 non-operating licenses in their UK brick-and-mortar portfolio.

gukpt logo

After the addition of the Gala Coral casinos, Ian Burke, Chairman and CEO of Rank, declared his intention to roll out its ‘G Casino’ format in a further eight cities.

This is good news for the GUKPT, which is currently competing with Genting Poker Series and PokerStars.com's UKIPT.

But the discussions in the boardroom didn't stop the action on the felt. GUKPT stalwart Martin Bader lifted the trophy at the first GUKPT event of the 2013 calendar when he defeated 396 other players on his way to the £56,000 first-prize in London recently.

Online starlet, Marc ‘dean23price’ Wright, took fifth and Marvin Rettenmaier stumbled out in 16th.

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