Friday, 12 March 2010

Its a cash game stable!

ok when i put out the new categories of the stable i expected alot of players to apply and ask to be backed and coached in SnGs...this didnt happen and im delighted.

cash games for me is the catalyst of poker and there isnt really any end to the growth in your game and the limits. iv never cared for SnGs as i feel i have more freedom with cash. i also think it gives you more individualism, so you can create more of your own playing style.

i personally have always played 6 max cash games online and thats what im making the players play. i feel that you get to play position alot more and be able to play alot more pots because of it, therefore you see so many more hands and situations that your game can improve quicker.

ive decided to cut off any SnG backing that i was offering, im glad most people see cash as the correct route and am going to concentrate on that as im going to have a set coaching sheet which all new players will go by. im also creating videos atm for players to be able to look back on if their stuck in a session. gives them a quick recap of why we do what we do and what you can do in certain situations. i think this will help the players but also free up more of my time, i wont have to keep teaching the same thing to the same players as the video will always be on their desktop to glimpse back onto.

for my players as well i have cardrunners, deuces cracked and bluefire accounts for them to watch when here. this is good as it shows how other players are playing and how they handle certain situations. like ive said to many people who have asked me for help or asked how i improved is if you have a spare 30 mins watch a video, read a mag, look over some hands or talk to some poker players...invaluable!

as always thanks for reading!

Gaz "Papa Skipper" Walker


My name is Gaz (sunday name Gareth, call me Gary and you might be on the receiving end of some abuse) "Papa Skipper Balla Shipper" Walker. I have just joined the semi-pro section of the stable.

I have been playing poker for around 3 years, I like to play both live tournies and cash but definitely have more success in the later. I'm a regular at Aspers £1/2 and most tournaments and also play some games outside the region, albeit infrequently.

I've been at the house many times, I consider all the lads friends and Jon recently asked me if I considered joining. I thought about it long and hard as I have a crazy busy life but wanted to give it a shot. So have set some time aside and will give it all I have.

The main reason of doing this is to improve my online game. I rarely play online so my game is definitely lacking the experience of playing many tables on line.

I think with Jon's expert tutelage and my love of the game he can mold me into a successful all rounder, making money for both of us, weeeeeeeeeeee :)

I'd like to move from 50nl to 100nl within 3 months and play some decent MTT's this year and make a big score in one of these.

Lots of love,

Skip x

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Nathan 'B0llbag' McKinney

Hi all,

McKinney here as you will see I'm joining the stable in the semi pro level, as I'm at uni full time and work in aspers 4 nights a week I think that this level will suit me best.

Ive been playing poker for nearly 3 years and never played in a casino until I came to uni in September 2008, where I became hooked on Texas hold'em. I have never had a proper on-line grind before until I decided to ask Jon to join the stable. My on-line game consisted of zero BRM, where I was playing way out of my roll. I would build my roll up then spunk it all away.

My reasons for joining the stable; to improve my game live and on-line, to take in all the info that Jon and all the other stable members can offer me, I want to gain some form of BRM.

Targets I want to reach while I'm in the stable; hopefully move from 50nl to 100nl within 3 months, play in some of the bigger buy in games at DDT and Bink a big cash in one or two, move from the semi pro to pro level of the stable (and jack in uni lol).

Anyway hopefully in the next few months I can reach these goals and make some monies for Jon and myself.

Shiip it bitches

Peace out

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Andrew "Andrizu" Harrison

Bonjour lads,

My name is Andrew Harrison and I have recently joined the semi pro section of the stable. I have been at the house for the past few days and I must say the set-up and the lads are all ace, and the coaching and experience I have received even in these first couple of days has been great.

Basically, I have been playing poker in the North east for around 3 years, and ive always wanted to have the chance to receive some tips and help with both my on-line game and live games, so really this was a no brainer for me. And from what I have seen Jon seems like guy to receive coaching off.

I look forward to really striving to improve my game, and hopefully making a success out of this venture.

As most people know I have a full time job, so I will try my best to mix both this poker venture and my working life as best I can.

My aims for this year:-

- Attempt to become a pro member and grind out a constant steady profit
- Hopefully bink a big cash in a large MTT
- Attempt to play more big events [DTD etc]

So, in the words of Marvin Gaye, Lets get it ONNNNNNNNNNN!


Mwah xoxoxox

Tuesday, 2 March 2010


ok the trial is over and the deal has been finalised..

signed up and raring to go in the pro stable are:

andy carlin
neil barron
miles mckenzie
alex jobling

all have had a interesting trial which there has been many ups and downs. i think they have a good understanding of whats ahead. im very happy with the deal i offered them and when they all said yes i now know the deal is also good for the players.

whats to come:

back on the grind

the players have to play alot of hands every month to stay as pro in the philli stable, i think the hands are acheivable playing a few hours everyday 5 days a week. hopefully they will all learn alot, progress alot and make some money along the way. this is just going to add to experience of the game and make them better players.


this is a cash game backing stable but tournaments are happening very often. they are all gtd the dtd £340 every month for just doing the hands. they are also on a profit % back which means the more they profit the more they play. im not going to put the full deal up on here but im sure they will be happy to talk and explain it to you.


had so many people asking to join the stable now, im really pleased they have and am sure they will succeed in the trial and be comfortable members of the stable. once the players are confirmed they will be starting throughout this month. 4-5 at a time every 10 days. im going to pick the players randomly for their start dates...unless someone says they cant start until late march etc.

as always ty for taking time out to read this, any questions or applications please send to


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

pros and semi pros entering in march!

after releasing the details of the new categories i was introducing into the philli stable the emails having been none stop! im going to release all names next week when every1 is confirmed but so far its looking like around 10-12 new players will be joining...and let me tell you there pretty good already and i know they will develop their skills massively through this stable.

most of them are going for the semi pro category with around 50% wanting to move up to pro once their uni years have finished/to see if they enjoy it to do full time.

the deals!

all the deals are now completed and i know what every1 will be offered. this will also be released on here next week when every1 has agreed to them. i personally think the deal is so sik and will deffs keep all players happy and return me some £.

changing rooms: the office is going to get changed around a lot. the big oval table will be moved to the side and 4-5 1 person desks will be brought in. this will give people more of their own space if they use desktops or just dont want to share a table.

balancing act: wow i rly cant beleive im going to take so many new players on. most are living in the north east but a few of them are at uni as far away as london. im going to have to perfect a routine where every1 gets something daily and no 1 feels like they are getting the short straw. iv deffs made some mistakes this past month with a few players but i just havnt been myself and sometimes in life you just cba. i now promise this wont happen again. every1 will have as much support and help from me as i can possibly give.

new sites: iv managed to get a new site for the players. this will be an option once their one month into 100nl. i have 2 more sites trying to sort stuff out for me so there will deffs be a good mix of sites for players to chose from. this will also spread the players out so they are not bumping into one another all day long.

new players: their are still 4 days until i stop taking on new players. i really need and want to stress tht even if you work full time or cant commit to it for a month or 2 i rly dont mind. i will not be taking on anymore players for at least 3-4 months and i might decide by then that im happy with 10-20 players and need no more. pls get intouch with me asap if you want in and it can all be sorted.

updates on the past week:

all the players have put in good volume and are showing upswings. barron has deffinately moved on from his devastating week and is killing the game. the hard work is paying off. had a visit from jobling this weekend. was good to have all the players in one room so they could talk about hands etc.

as always thanks for reading.


Wednesday, 17 February 2010

week 3 and plans.

ok sorry about not updating this for over 2 weeks now! been so busy with other things and just havnt had the time or energy to bother with it...MY BAD!

ok so unfortunately i had to let howard go and buzz decided he wanted to go it alone. glglglgl

im going to be doing new things regarding the stable next month. obviously by then i will have learnt what is what with running one of these things, make sure everything is in order and im sure for the next lot who come in it will be an easier, more enjoyable experience. this is the first time iv backed people full time so it was a learning curve for both me and the players. with only 2 people leaving the stable threw choice i dont think its gone all tht bad!

ok so across the 2 weeks we showed a profit of just under £500, this is a very small number but considering i wasnt here, andy played 1 day, bdawg went on a sick downswing, milo decided not to grind and joblin did a tad bit i cant really complain. was just a bad week for us all and i take full responsibility for comes first! but were back now, big first day back yesterday and upswings here we come!

ok so plans for march regarding new players:

im going to have 3 seperate stable blocks!

the pro stable: this is whats going on now, players are full time and get cash game backing live and online, tournament backing live and online and full time coaching from me, with some of the UKs best players coming in to coach them! details will be released at the beginning of march on how their deal works and what they have to do to get it.

the semi pro stable: this is for people who like to do their own thing but want to learn a bit more and start to take poker more seriously. say you have a job but would put alot of your spare time into progressing in poker. you would be backed for online cash, live cash, online tournis and live tournis. the more you earn in the cash games...the more tournaments you get put into. you would have to come to the house 2-3 times a week max, get alot of the perks the pros do but progression would be slower. its also a good chance for you to decide if you want to go pro.

the part time stable: this is for players who just want to play a little, come and get coached by me and be bankrolled. if you wanted to play sngs or cash games its fine. you wont get many perks but you would be coached by friends of mine who specialise in your chosen field. these would progress your game and hopefully make us small but consistant profits along the way. it also gives you the chance to decide if you want to go semi pro and take poker a little more seriously.

regarding the full time stable, alex jobling, neil barron, andy carlin and miles mckenzie. they are all committed to this (i hope) which means come march 1st they will be pro stable members and start to take on the live and online poker circuit, have regular trips to dtd, be heavily rolled for online and LIVE cash games and start receiving coaching from some of the sickest players in the many people know about me im a hu cash game player and i dont bother much with any other game. so i can only take them so far when it comes to 6 max cash games...but the coaches i have coming in crush 100nl-5000nl so theyll be in good hands!

if any 1 wants to be in any of the stables and has an idea or plan they have wanted to do but havnt been able to please contact me by pm on the npf or add me to msn or email me @ let me know what you want from poker, time you can dedicate to this and wht your ideal plan would pretty much up for anything! i rly want some good new keen players to join at one of the even if you can only devote 8 hours a week to poker thts fine, a deal can be worked around it!

thanks for reading!