My poker life: Dick and Dom inda Poker room
http://www.williamhillpoker.com - 8 October 2004
Children's TV used to consist of 'Swap Shop' and Philip Schofield
entertaining himself with a furry animal (which incidentally he
now appears to wear on his head) but Saturday morning kids' TV has
had a facelift. The presenters lifting the faces of our children
these days are getting more daring by the minute.
'Dick and Dom In Da Bungalow' (BBC 1 9.00am each Saturday) features
groundbreaking material in the form of 'Kiss Dick Quick' 'Bogies'
'Creamy Muck Muck' and 'The Man Banger Trophy' and is reminiscent
of 'The Simpsons' in that the humour has a clever adult edge.
Here the new Ant and Dec tell us how their enjoyment of poker
helps them unwind...
"We discovered poker in our teens and used to play Texas hold
em for household chores,' says Dom. 'The beauty for me was the cunning
subtleties of a true game of skill, I like nothing more than winding
Dick up with a little verbal banter and then watching him try to
work out what hand I have got. The more friends that got involved
in the poker school the better the atmosphere and even when the
stakes are small the enjoyment is still the same."
Dick's view is slightly different.
"Dom is a bluffer, I used to call him all the time as he could
be holding anything but I had to change my strategy as I was getting
fed up with his constant ribbing. These days my game is much better
and I am learning to bully the table a little to get those extra
chips. The worm has turned and it is now Dom having to make those
all important decisions."
As magician of the year in 1997, Dom knows how to make the cards
work for him and although he was 'asked to leave' the magic circle
in 2000 he sees many similarities between poker and magic. "Magician's
use subterfuge and the power of suggestion to trick the audience
into believing something is happening only to produce a surprise
ending in much the way that good poker players can play and win
any hand without having the necessary cards. Winning a hand when
you have nothing is the best feeling in poker but I have learnt
to be more selective with my bluffs."
"Yeah... and producing straight flushes from up your sleeve
is a big advantage too," laughs Dick. "We do pull Dom's
leg about pulling good hands out of a hat and tell him not to deal
from the bottom but he takes it in good heart and just tells us
he is the best player... that is why he wins."
"We play these days for small amounts and to be honest we
enjoy the banter and the bragging rites more, if we ever played
for more money it might take away the enjoyment and where is the
fun in that? Winning a couple of quid off your mate and bragging
about it for a week is great fun and adds a little edge to the game."
"We started playing online earlier this year and enjoyed the
smaller stakes tournaments on William Hill and the best result we
have had was Dom's fifth place finish in one of the Grand Prix heats
which paid for many more tournaments. Dom talked about it for days
and analysed almost every hand he had played at the final table.
The banter on the site is the friendliest we have come across and
certainly adds to the enjoyment."