Unibet UK Tour Manchester December 9th – 11th was the last tour of the year, and what a brilliant tour to end it on. I went to Manchester on the Thursday to meet up with Daiva, David Lappin, Saron, Hunter and Ian and took both my kids. The reason why was I wanted my kids especially James who did a sponsored head shave he was 9 and so was totally bald for his 10th birthday. He went bald to support his 9 year old girlfriend Ivy who has got a deep brain stem tumour, which has unfortunately grown from 10mm to 15 mm and has lost so much weight she has to have a wheel chair to go places that will be a bit of a walk for her. Also a massive thank you to Ian Simpson and James friend Jack for also raising money for CLIC Sargent and The Sheffield Childrens Hospital. Between them all they raised over £3,000 in just under 3 weeks! Thank you to everyone who donated to such a great cause.
We were supposed to be going out for a meal, but that got cancelled. I am so glad it did as we had such a wonderful time going round the Christmas Market in Manchester, with Daiva, David, Hunter, Me, Caitlin and James. James is a very fussy eater and ended up eating or trying to eat 2 foot long hotdogs! I have got to say the kids really had a great time and loved spending time with everyone. Ian was playing the UOS online series so the kids got to briefly meet him in the lobby, as his internet kept dropping out. To be fair to Ian he did think he would get to see the kids the day after. The look on Ian’s face when he saw how much James hair had grown was a picture, so funny. We finally got home around 10.30 which for the kids was late and they still had school in the morning.
So kids dropped off at school, and sorted for the weekend. I drive back to Manchester and meet up with Daiva, David, Saron and Hunter. We end up going for a meal at turtle bay as it’s David’s 37th birthday, he has lost a year as he thought he was 38! Then after that the ambassadors go to the casino and I go and check in to my hotel. Go back to the casino leaving my car at the hotel then jump in a taxi. Got to the casino only to be told that Psycho79 had given me his seat as he couldn’t make it. I decided to kick back and chill for the night and have a few drinks. Going round the tables saying hi to all those I knew was a load of fun. Even seeing David Pomeroy was a nice surprise as well as Simon Steadman. Not alot happened that night apart from me getting a bit tipsy so will leave that one there.
The next day I decided I was playing. Wrapped up the presents for the Ambassadors and family and went to the casino, stopping on the way to get cake and biscuits for Doug and the dealers. With my presents being wrapped I couldn’t get them into the casino due to safety reasons. But that’s never stopped me anyways. Won’t go into how I got my presents in but I did. I then proceeded to give out my presents and I eventually got hold of Maestro. For those that know me, know I have a very mischevous side to me and if I give you a present it’s from the heart and its usually something I think they would like.
I gave Maestro a Black lacy bra. The look on his face was priceless. For the back story on why you have to go back to Manchester 2017. It was Maestro’s first ever live event, and so I organised Psycho and Maestro’s accommodation, they would be staying in same hotel as me and April. On the Sunday night Psycho and Maestro knocked the door and I let them in. Me in my onsie and April snuggled up in bed. It was time to say goodbye, so I gave them hugs. Psycho turned round and said “Is April Naked under there?” Aprils come back was “no I bloody well am not!” So instead of a hug they both got a handshake. I found this hilarious and couldn’t stop laughing till way after 5 am. Then Maestro on twitch said that he had nicked Aprils bra, he hadn’t but it sort of stuck as a joke. So there is the back story to why I gave Maestro a bra.
I had something to eat upstairs with Emma, Ian’s wife and then went down stairs to reg. Waited about 15 mins then Doug calls me over and said come with me. Lo and behold I ends up on the table with Adam Williams and the one the only Mr Ian Simpson. Eurgh am sure Doug rigged it. I had a major headache as left the central heating on and was probably dehydrated from drinking the night before so wasn’t really feeling poker that night. I do remember tangling with Adam and lost a stack of chips with a busted flush draw, and another hand was Iany re-raised my blind! Omg how bloody dare he! If looks could kill Iany would have been dead! LOL It’s ok Iany I forgive you. Think I lasted 2 levels before I bust. Oh well, gg had fun. So ended up going out to meet up with the rest of the family who were eating at a restraunt. Me, Johnny, his daughter, Pianocat, Davitsche and me all went to find them and ended up having a meal and a decent chat about anything and everything. Was really nice spending time with David and the rest of the people that was there. We even ended up going back to the hotel with the ambassadors, partners and friends for drinks and lots of laughter and banter. This is what puts Unibet apart from the rest. The ambassadors are personable and are willing to take time out to chat with the players and have made good friends with most of them.
So it’s now Sunday, the last day of the Unibet UK Tour. Daiva is still in the main, so it’s left to me to host the ladies event. I went and got some prosecco cupcakes to go with our glasses of Prosecco. Maestro and Josh is still in the main also. Met up with Daiva with April and went to the casino. To Daiva makes it look so effortless. I hoped I looked calm on the surface, but I felt like a Swan, smoothly swimming on the surface and madly paddling under the surface.
I was so pleased April bought in and had a go at a ladies game. She is also an original who played the first ever Ladies game back in Nottingham. Thank you to Val who took her under her wing as she’s still a learner and is still new to the game. Everyone has to start somewhere right? It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, it should be an enjoyable fun game of poker with no one judging anyone else. The Manager of the whole casino Maxine even joined in Doug’s big boss lady! What a lovely lady as well, very personable and chatty, lots of fun. So sorry as well that I knocked you out. Was gutted when you bought back in again and had to move tables. It took a while but I managed to reach the final table. Poor Tambet trying to control a load of women hahaha, he did manage to get a good picture of us all, eventually!
So above is the final table of the ladies event. Thank you to all the ladies that came out and played, I really hope you had lots of fun and laughter, and I didn’t let Daiva down. Massive thank you to our dealer Mel Lofthouse, who many of you may know and she will have dealt to you before. If not where you been? Such a lovely lady and so much fun. So we are playing the final table and then in walks the one the only Estonian Jesus, aka Rauno. To say that the ladies heads were turned by him walking in the poker room was an understatement. You think men are bad when they are talking about a women they like, well they haven’t got anything on women. Men can be crude, women can be 1000 times cruder, and this was the case when it came to Estonian Jesus. I cannot divulge what was said exactly as it would make your toes curl, never mind anything else. I did turn round and tell the table that I actually knew him. I really don’t think they believed me. That was until Estonian Jesus appeared at the back of me and I gave him a cuddle. As he came to see how I was getting on in the tournament. I know the lady who was sat on my right couldn’t believe it, as she said one minute we were all talking about him and the next minute he was at the side of her. Only 5 got paid and some got 100 euro tickets to the SuperNova on Unibet that runs on a sunday night. I was the unlucky one who bubbled, but I wasn’t bothered I had lots of fun. Daiva bust the main by that time, but at least she did cash in it, so well done Daiva.
I went to find Estonian Jesus who was playing stud or something like that. As never seen it before I stood behind him, and put my arm over his shoulder and had my hand on his heart. Not intentional at all, but was nice all the same, when he put his hand over mine and stoked it. He was also playing the UOS events and was at the same table as Ian Simpson. That was a fun hand, as they both know each others games well. Unfortunately for Jesus, Iany did have the hand that beat thim and Jesus shouted to Ian that he was a fish. Round about this time we had reached the final table of the main event. Where Maestro and Josh Barker made it. So the final table picture done, I went over to say good luck to them and asked Maestro where his bra was? He didn’t know. So I went to where it was seen last and found it. I then proceeded to go back to the final table and hand Maestro his bra. The dealer and the rest of the table looked and the look on their faces was so funny, as it was like, what are you doing giving him a bra! I just said it’s a standing joke and left laughing.
Got a message from Emma saying that she had made it home safe, which I was so pleased about as she had to go to work Monday morning so had to miss out on the ladies event. But she did say I could give Iany a cuddle from her, which I did. The ladies event finished with a 3 way chop. Well done ladies hope you had fun. I knew it would be the final time I would be seeing Estonian Jesus as he was off on a new adventure with his friend little Rauno and they were off to Canada! For how long we don’t know, but I am missing him already. I was lucky enough to get a Super Nova ticket as one of the ladies had self excluded, so was a nice surprise and I was greatful for it. It was about time to leave, as April had work in the morning, and Caitlin didn’t have her school clothes and she was staying at a friends so had to be up early in the morning, to get her stuff to her too. So said goodbye to everyone and wished them good luck. My xmas present for Estonian Jesus was a pair of warm gloves, as I have friends who live in Canada and I do know it gets pretty cold over there in winter. So I will leave you with my final selfie of the night. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I have writing it and reliving the fun and laughter that was UK Tour Manchester. I always seem to have tales to tell or something funny happened when I’m at the tours. Maybe it’s just my take on it.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and hope that you have lots of adventures and cashes, or wishes coming true in 2019.
Till the next time, take care and be safe. Love D’Angel ❤