Roy Brindley

Roy Brindley

Infobox poker player
nickname=The Boy

caption=Roy Brindley in the Professional Poker Tour World Poker Finals event
hometown=Dublin, Ireland
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wsop money finishes= 3
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ept money finishes=3

Roy 'The Boy' Brindley (born 1969 in Southampton) is an English professional poker player, now living in Dublin, Ireland.

Early years

Before his poker career, Brindley was involved in greyhound racing, and worked in a kennels near Dorking at the age of 17, then moving to other kennels in Lincolnshire and Essex before 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 beans at 9p per-tin and bread at 14p a loaf.

Poker career

After seeing a documentary on Noel Furlong winning 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 Gerasimov in 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 columnist for Card Player Magazine and works as a poker journalist for various newspapers.

In 2005 he appeared on the chat show Heads Up with Richard Herring and Up-Close and Personal with Jesse May to 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. [ [ Hendon Mob tournament results: Roy Brindley] ]


*"Swimming with the Devilfish" by Des Wilson, ISBN 1405089520

External links

* [ Official site]
* [ Official Corporate site]
* [ Ladbrokes Roy the Boy section]
* [ PokerInEurope profile]

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