European Poker Masters (EPM) Players, Dave Colclough
Welshman, Dave ‘El Blondie’ Colclough, fell in love with poker and its variants from a very early age, and although he made good in IT and was a more than proficient computer programmer, the lure of the cards finally proved too much for him and in 2000 he packed in his day job for a career in professional poker.
Colclough admits he was hooked from birth and quickly progressed from a casual game of crazy eights to poker, and by the time he reached high school he spent more time with the cards than he did with his studies.
His big breakthrough came in 2000 when he claimed second place in the $2000 Pot Limit Holdem event at the WSOP. His win on the illustrious world tour allowed him to concentrate fully on his favoured pastime, and it proved to be one his best decisions yet. His play and confidence grew in stature and by the end of 2003 he was voted the European Poker Player of the Year.
He went on to make the final table of the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris and walked away with a very healthy €84 890 and in 2005 he showed his inordinate class by reaching the semi finals of the World Heads-up Poker Championships. The European poker fraternity honoured his achievements by inducting him into the European Poker Players Hall of Fame, and at the age of 41 he became the youngest star to be recognised in this fashion.
Colclough believes in sharing his wealth of experience with other players and his mentorship paid off when one of ‘poker apprentices’, Brian Wilson, claimed a coveted WSOP bracelet at the 2005 event.
Colclough is another pro who has cashed in on the flourishing online poker sector – his website, BlondePoker.com has its own reputable poker room, and although he spends a lot of his time travelling the world playing poker, he has turned his enduring love into a very successful business.
El Blondie’s Big time Results
- 2000 – 31st WSOP $2000 Pot Limit Holdem – 2nd – $89 300
- 2000 – European Poker Classic £1500 No Limit Holdem – 1st – £80 302
- 2002 – Midlands Mayhem £2500 No Limit Holdem – 3rd – £35 000
- 2003 – Irish Open €400 Pot Limit Omaha – 1st – €21 740
- 2003 – Austrian Masters €200 Pot Limit Holdem – 1st – €18 050
- 2003 – Summer tournament Paris €2000 Omaha Cup – 1st – €66 000
- 2004 – Euro finals of Poker €3000 Omaha Championships – 1st – €41 800
- 2004 – European Poker Championships £2000No Limit holdem – 1st – £100 000
- 2005 – Midlands Medley £1500 Main Event No Limit Holdem – 1st – £70 300
- 2006 – European Poker Classics £1500 No Limit holdem – 3rd £44 300
- 2006 – EPM Dublin €3000 No Limit Holdem – 2nd – €56225
- 2007 – Grosvenor UK Poker tour £1000 GPT Leg 4 – 1st – £88 300