Bother’s Bar has its very own poker club on Pokerstars. It’s free to join and plays a mixture of real money and fun play money tournaments throughout the year. The main events being the Bother Series of Poker – a series of real money Hold’ em events and Mix It Up Real Good, a series of free non-hold em events, both of these held between January and June. In 2014 we won’t be running these events as I can’t make the six month commitment, instead we’re introducing…

The Bother’s Bar Monthly Open

Next event: THURSDAY 3rd July 2014, 8:30pm UK time

  • No Limit Texas Hold ’em
  • 1500 starting stack, 10 minute levels
  • $5 + .50 entry, plus optional single rebuy within the first hour and optional add-on after the first hour.
  • Top 15% payout structure – up to five players winner takes all, 6-7 pays two people, eight or more pays three.
  • Games are likely to take between 2-3 hours depending on the amount of people playing.
  • I may amend the rules and structure from time to time, you will be notified in advance.

To play you need to be a member of the Bother’s Bar poker club. Joining the club is easy:

– If you don’t already have it, download the free PokerStars software from

– Open the main poker lobby, then click on the Home Games tab

– Click the ‘Join a Poker Club’ button

– Enter my Club ID number: 466738

– Enter my Invitation Code: onlyconnect

Join the club and good luck at the tables!

Roll of Honour

justicetrophyThe Bother Series of Poker

2009 – Greg Lowe
2010 –
Andrew Smith
2011 –
Simon Fox
2012 –
Simon Fox
2013 – Ben Justice

Mix It Up Real Good

2012 – David Howell
2013 – Simon Fox


6 thoughts on “Poker

  1. Brig Bother Post author

    OK, lots asked if there will be games in the off-season, the answer is YES – keep the evening of Thursday 12th July free – 8:30pm start.

    It’s Le Tour, so it’s time for Le Tournoi – KING OF THE MOUNTAINS – hold ’em as a second category climb.

    – 5,000 starting stack
    – 5 minute levels
    – $10+1 buy-in
    – Dope yourself up with an optional rebuy or add-on ($10 each limited to one rebuy in the first half hour, add-ons worth 7,000 chips), or try to win it clean!
    – Winner Takes All.

    I’m also going on a poker trip to London very soon, so if that goes well I might add some value. And if it doesn’t I won’t.

    This is likely to take 2-3 hours depending on how many players we get.

    Off-season tournaments will attempt to tap into whatever’s going on for inspiration.

    Edit: This isn’t *quite* how I wanted to set this tournament up – the original intention was 20k in chips and 3 minute levels but there are software problems currently if you go 10,000 chips or above starting stack. So this is how it’s going to be.

  2. Simon

    Poker gods frowned on me for celebrating before that Ace came on the river. Oh well.

  3. Brig Bother Post author

    Next Bother’s Bar Poker Event likely to be August 14th. Keep it in your diaries.


    * Heads-up shootout, $10 + $1 entry, Tuesday 14th August 8:30pm UK time
    * Three minute levels, 2000 chips.
    * Seems to pay top four if four or more people turn up. You could make the money without even playing a card if fewer than eight turn up and the draw goes your way.

    Good luck!

    Edit: Because the Pokerstars/Full Tilt news is so exciting, if eight or more people turn up to this, I’ll add $20 to the winner’s prize from my own personal non-wealth. If sixteen or more people come and play, I’ll make it a $40 winner bonus.

    (The original intention was a heads-up bounty tournament, so the quicker you knock someone out the more “energy” you’d have for the next match. But not on PokerStars home games! Has to be a shoot-out for heads-up. A bounty tournament will be coming in due course.)

  4. Brig Bother Post author

    The next Bother’s Bar poker game is tentatively timed for Tuesday 11th September, 8:30 start:

    DANCING WITH THE CARDS – Turbo 8 Game Mix, big stacks Bounty, winner takes all

    How good are you at the Razz Rumba? The Omaha Cha Cha Cha? The Stud Samba? The Hi/Lo Tango?

    And it’s murder on the cardfloor, as only one person can take the winner’s prize but EVERYONE has a price on their head. Good luck!

  5. Brig Bother Post author

    Next event is The Christmas Bonus, a $10+$1 unlimited rebuy event. 5000 starting stack, 5 minute levels, 30 minute rebuy period. You can get a 7000 chip add on after that 30 minutes for $10 then it is a straight freezeout. Top 10% prize structure.

    It’s on Thursday 29th November, 8pm start. 10 minutes late reg available.

    Payouts depend on entries and rebuys. You can register for it NOW. Good luck!

  6. Brig Bother Post author


    SECONDS OUT, it’s time for the 2013 installment of Bother’s Bar’s POKER BOXING!

    * Heads-up shootout, $10 + $1 entry, Sunday 4th August 8:15pm UK time
    * Three minute levels, 2000 chips.
    * Seems to pay top four if four or more people turn up. You could make the money without even playing a card if fewer than eight turn up and the draw goes your way.

    Shootouts work as effectively single elimination tournaments, lose and you’re out, the next round begins after everyone has completed their current round with stacks and blinds reset.

    Good luck!


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