Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Bluff Europe’s Neil Channing Issue Out Now

Channing Inflicts Some Bad Beats to Win the Irish Open, while ‘Jesus’ Wins

The May Issue of Bluff Europe is winging its way around the newsstands and card rooms of the UK as we speak. This month they get hold of one of the most modest players who just so happens to be on a bit of a roll, Neil Channing. For this month alone, the Londoner was bigger than Jesus.

Neil Channing is a name who is new to many poker players around Europe, but he’s been on top of the UK poker scene now for the last decade. Having deliberately turned down his chance of fame on the original recordings of ‘Late Night Poker’, Channing shunned his fifteen minutes of televised fame to keep doing what he does best – beating some of the biggest cash games in Europe. Now Channing tells Bluff about how winning the Irish Open has blown his cover, what the win means to him, and more – all of this while he was partially clothed in a boxing gym in the east-end of London.

Meanwhile, Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson was winning a poker tournament of his own in America. Chris Ferguson managed to make it third time lucky at the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championships this month, and Bluff Europe managed to catch up with the man many feel to be the best heads-up tournament player in the world.

With the World Series of Poker fast approaching, they couldn’t leave their Vegas-bound readers in the lurch, so this month’s issue also includes a six-page special on ‘Beer and Roving in Las Vegas’. If you’re heading out for the Series, or just wanting to know where the best places are to eat, drink and gamble are, don’t miss out.

This issue has a full report on the EPT Warsaw where Michael Schulz of Germany won £489,674 (€626,968), Shelley Rubinstein reports on the PartyPoker European Challenge II in Vienna, and Bluff Europe examines what happens when professional poker players take rubbish starting hands and play them like they’re aces.

Finally, Bluff Europe is offering its players an exclusive freeroll in conjunction with Betfair. Two of the best online players in the world, WSOP Europe Main Event winner Annette Obrestad and Sorel Mizzi, will be logging in on Tuesday 20th May, at 8pm BST for the $2,000 prize pool freeroll. Both of the pros will have a $250 bounty on their heads, while the remaining $1,500 will go into the prize pool. All you have to do to take part is sign up using the links on BluffEurope.com or use the bonus code “BLUFF”. Then, head on over there, generate 10 Betfair Points ($1 in rake), and away you go! Qualifiers will be pre-registered for the tournament.

All of that on top of the usual high-calibre writing you’d come to expect from Bluff Europe, with contributions by Jennifer Tilly, Dr Pauly and Adam Slutsky, and strategy from Brian Townsend, Mike Caro, Phil Laak and Paul Jackson – what more could a poker player want?!