This is the page where you get to read a little more about me and subsequently find out that the guy behind such a sophisticated Texas Hold em website is actually really cool. The same guy is also quite likely to turn out to be someone that you would want to hang around with in real life too.
I'll try not to disappoint you.
- My name is Greg.
- I live in the UK (Wales to be precise).
- I am 25 years old.
- I have a personal Twitter account. I don't tweet about much poker stuff on this account though, so don't expect much of anything useful. It's mostly lame and/or mildly offensive jokes. If you follow me anyway I'll love you forever.
- You can email me at greg [at] thepokerbank.com. But for quick messages you're better off tweeting me. Twitter is just quicker, easier and funner.
- I dabble with Facebook. But you're better off adding me on twitter.
- I also have Google Plus. I rarely use this. It's just there because I feel I have to have it, and it gives me another opportunity to give away my personal information on the Internet.
I enjoy going to the gym and drinking. Both of these hobbies clearly cancel each other out, which helps to keep my general health perfectly static with little to no progression/regression one way or the other.
I brought an early end to my time spent studying Physics in Uni (that's my euphemism for "dropping out") to play poker and make the world of poker a better place through the articles and whatnot on this site.
In between daytime TV and hangovers I work on making ThePokerBank a better site to visit whilst enjoying the benefits of playing poker semi-naked throughout the day.
I think that just about covers most of the interesting stuff in my life.
My Poker background.
I started playing poker during college with friends. I don't think that I could have chosen a more clichéd start to my poker career if I tried.
I was 17 at the time, so I occasionally dabbled in online poker for play money, which is where I would continue to develop my strategy of playing every suited hand or any two cards as long as one of them was a face card. Any hand with an Ace was also formidable.
I made my first deposit of $50 at Party Poker as soon as I turned 18 and exercised my best bankroll management skills by playing at the $25NL stakes. Wasn't too long before I lost that $50 and about 3 or 4 more thereafter, at which point I started to realise that I wasn't quite going to dominate the world of online poker as I expected.
I then began to read an obscene amount of strategy articles and watch copious amounts of poker on TV. Mixing this with the relentless determination to stop losing money, good bankroll management and the perilous disregard for my education at that time meant that my Texas Hold'em cash game strategy slowly progressed in to a winning one.
It took ~3 months to become a marginal winning online player. From then on it was just about putting in the hours and looking after my bankroll. I now regularly beat the $100NL games (I like to think $200NL too) and can tell you more about online poker rooms than is really worth knowing.
Hard work and perseverance always pays off; it's just always easier said than done.
Nowadays I mostly play at Bet365 or Party Poker, multi-tabling $100NL cash games (occasionally mixing in Full Tilt or PokerStars every now and then). I know Bet365 doesn't have rakeback, but the VIP program is good enough and the ability to easily place the occasional bet in the sports section makes me happy.
The first ThePokerBank site got underway in January 2007. I had a lot of free time on my hands over the Christmas holidays and had a burning desire to share what little strategy and poker room information I had with other people on the Internet. ThePokerBank was basically a hobby site.
Since that time, I have learnt a lot more about solid poker strategy (mainly Texas Hold'em cash game strategy) and how to construct a good website. What you see now is a culmination of everything I have learnt about playing winning poker and designing websites, so I hope you're at least moderately impressed.
I have a page highlighting the changes made for the new design for anyone that might be interested.
What makes the information on ThePokerBank reliable?
- I have been playing online poker extensively for over 5 years, so I know a lot about good Texas Hold'em rooms.
- I am a regular winning player up to $400NL, which is good for writing Texas Hold'em strategy.
- I completed the first year of a Physics degree, which helps with calculating rewards from poker bonuses.
- I've generally just spent far too much time in front of a computer playing online poker.
The main focus of ThePokerBank is to help anyone interested in playing Texas Hold'em online learn how to win money on a regular basis. I'll try my best to keep this in mind as I continue to develop and improve the site.
Any questions about the site, just go ahead and contact me. I honestly don't get that many emails from visitors, so I really enjoy getting feedback every now and then.
Best of luck at the tables and all that. Let me know how it goes.
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