Poker punditry and a bit about me…

So… a bit about me:

Ben Wilson, Poker Journalist

Ben Wilson, Poker Journalist

I currently write for WPT magazine on a freelance basis, covering poker tournaments like the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT), the Gala British Poker Tour (GCBPT – or at least I did, unfortunately Gala pulled the plug at the end of last year, but worry ye not poker fans, Coral – the other half of the company – have taken up where Gala left off and have launched the British Masters Poker Tour) and the PaddyPower’s Irish Winter Festival in Dublin.
In addition to this, I have also had the pleasure of writing strategy features and player profiles with some of the game’s greats including: Gus Hansen, John Juanda and Scotty Nguyen.

I’ve been a qualified journalist since 2004, which coincidently, is when I first really started getting into online poker.

It all started following a trip to Vegas where, after managing to blow the best part of $200 in a single session at a $1/2 limit game (no mean feat I can assure you, although it probably had something to do with the fact that I had no idea about what it was I was supposed to be doing and thought that the mighty King Seven offsuit was a good enough hand to call re-re-raises with…) I found myself strangely intrigued by this intricate game.

Upon my return to the UK I immediately bought myself the obligatory copy of Rounders (still my all time favourite poker movie) and preceded to get my hands on any and all poker literature I could find.

After reading the poker bible (Doyle Brunson’s SuperSystem ) and putting in some serious hours online playing $5 and $10 Sit and Go’s I felt I was ready for my first ‘live’ poker experience and promptly headed down to my local casino where I managed to finish third in my first ever live tournament for £450. I was hooked…

A return visit to Vegas at the same time as the 2005 WSOP quickly followed – walking through the doors of the Rio’s Amazon Room, I was assailed by the overwhelming sound of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of chips being rifled as the 5000+ players battled it out for glory and the small matter of the $7.5 million for first place.

“This…’ I thought to myself, “is where it’s at.”

I’ve been keeping a poker book since May 2007 and have actually managed to make money – no really…

I started writing freelance for Future Publishing’s World Poker Tour magazine in June 2008, my first assignment being to cover the Gala Casino’s British Poker Tour Bristol leg, and the rest as they say is history…

Now I wouldn’t class myself as a poker professional by any stretch of the imagination, but more like a professional poker journalist and semi-professional player. And after all, what could be cooler than getting paid to write about your hobby, which, on good weeks, actually makes me money?
No, I couldn’t think of anything cooler either 😉

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One Response to “Poker punditry and a bit about me…”

  1. Martyn Lester Says:

    I’m still not sure anyone who is unfamiliar with that great Welsh band Man is entitled to be more than a probationary member of the Tafia. How can a guy from Penarth *not* have ever listened to ‘Man Live at Penarth’?

    Great to see you up and running, though. And if you’re not playing, don’t neglect that Irish Open media bar…

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