Published on 27-Jun-2008


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£ 500 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event

Gala Casinos Poker Tour - Bristol
Gala Harbourside Casino, Bristol
Friday 20 - Sunday 22 June 2008

The Bristol leg of the Gala Casinos British Poker Tour (GCBPT) saw Neil Blatchly, an accountant from Leicester, claim the first prize of £34,750. The final players (heads up) decided to come to a deal, splitting the prize money so that they were each guaranteed £30,000, with amateur player, Blatchly, scoring the ultimate glory of first prize.

With over 600 runners across the over-subscribed festival, and an overall prize fund of £182,800 , there was much to play for at the Gala Harbourside Casino in Bristol.

Blatchly said: “A good structure meant there was lots of play and I was able to go to the final table needing only one good hand to take the title. I feel absolutely fantastic! For me, the prestige of winning the title and trophy is worth as much as the money. That said, I’ll be using the cash to invest in a poker bankroll as I’m off to Las Vegas later this week to see if I can recreate my success across the pond.”

This is the third GCBPT win for a poker group which calls itself ‘The Best Home Game in the East Midlands’. The sixteen-strong group play together every week and Blatchly’s success comes hot on the heels of Rupinder Bedi and Satish Ry who won the Nottingham GCBPT £500 Main Event and the Nottingham £50 rebuy event respectively.

Blatchly added: “My win shows that the Best Home Game in the East Midlands is a poker force to be reckoned with. All the boys are delighted for me and Rupinder and will be cheering us on at the Grand Final.”

Marcus Farthing, an IT salesman from Bristol, took the runner up prize of £30,000. He said: “I really enjoyed the overall camaraderie – everyone was really friendly and entered into the spirit of the game”.

This is the second year of the GCBPT which was created in response to poker’s ever increasing popularity across the UK. As well as a massive cash prize pool in excess of £1 million, poker professionals, amateur players and poker novices alike will compete for the ultimate accolade of GCBPT Champion 2008.

The success of this tournament paves the way for the next heat of the GCBPT, which takes place in the Gala Liverpool Casino from 17th – 21st September 2008. You can sign up at

At least a third of Main Event seats are available through live and online satellites at

Aptly dubbed “the People’s Poker Tour”, players of all ability are welcome to enjoy the carnival atmosphere of the event. Rob Black of Gala’s Casinos says: “This really is the People’s Poker Tour and we run games for less experienced players as well as the pros. We can also offer one-to-one poker tuition for anyone wanting to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Hitting the casino during the tour is a sure ‘bet’ for fun!”

To find out more visit Gala Casinos website at