- Roy Brindley
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Roy 'The Boy' Brindley (born 1969 in
Southampton) is an English professional pokerplayer, now living in Dublin, Ireland.
Before his poker career, Brindley was involved in
greyhound racing, and worked in a kennels near Dorkingat the age of 17, then moving to other kennels in Lincolnshireand Essexbefore moving to Andover, where he was a professional greyhound trainer from 1991 to 1995.
Brindley moved to America in 1995 to continue training greyhounds, but moved back soon after. Following some personal crises Brindley ended up living on the street and, by his own admission, he had something of a break down aged 28. He once lived off £1 for five days by eating
baked beansat 9p per-tin and bread at 14p a loaf.
After seeing a documentary on
Noel Furlongwinning the 1999 World Series of Poker(WSOP), Brindley took up poker in early 2001.
In 2002, Brindley won seven ranking tournaments, and finished second to
Kirill Gerasimovin the World Heads-Up Poker Championship(WHUPC). At the time of the WHUPC, Brindley had so little cash that he couldn't afford a taxi home and had to walk back to his hotel every night of the tournament. Yet, after finishing second, Brindley was distraught and came close to throwing his €40,000 winnings out of the hotel window.
Brindley also finished third in the 2005
William Hill Poker Grand Prix, second in the Masterclassics of Poker Omaha event in 2006, second in the Paris Open of Poker in 2007 and won the televised Betfair Poker Masters of Europe in 2007. As for titles no Player has won more European ranking tournaments than him despite his relatively short career. As of 2007, his total live tournament winnings exceed $800,000.
In addition to his playing career, Brindley regularly commentates on SKY Sports' Poker Million and acts as an industry spokesman. He is also a regular
columnistfor Card Player Magazineand works as a poker journalist for various newspapers.
In 2005 he appeared on the
chat show Heads Up with Richard Herringand Up-Close and Personal with Jesse Mayto discuss his life, career and love of poker.
Brindley was the first European professional poker player to be commercially sponsored, and is currently in his sixth year of sponsorship by Ladbrokes Poker.
His tell all autobiography, Life's a Gamble, will be published on February 26th 2009 by Transworld. He is managed by Sports Talent Agency Fact|date=December 2007
As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $800,000. [ [http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=253 Hendon Mob tournament results: Roy Brindley] ]
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* [http://www.roytheboy.net Official site]
* [http://www.roytheboypoker.com Official Corporate site]
* [http://poker.ladbrokes.com/roytheboy Ladbrokes Roy the Boy section]
* [http://www.pokerineurope.com/playerprofiles/detail.php?playerid=2353 PokerInEurope profile]
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