John Tabatabai: My Highlights and Low Points of 2011

The Wynn: One of my favourite places!

I am back on home soil after a trip to Las Vegas that can only really be described as messy! It was just a real mess. Good fun but a mess! Everyone who was in our group showed the world the new style of aggressive partying, much like when three-betting light became popular in online poker, that's how we approached our partying.

One of the biggest highlights for me personally was how my radio show during the “Kunku Wap Challenge” took off. It has been so much fun to be part of that I cannot wait until the next season so I can be part of it all over again

The main purpose of my trip was for Antonio Esfandiari's birthday but also a friend's 30th birthday. A few of us decided to just buy him some tickets and drag him to Vegas for five nights and everyone had such a good time, even if my body still hurts from it all! Thankfully the next few weeks should be a little calmer as I am heading home to Cardiff to spend Christmas with my family.

With the year almost drawing to a close I thought it would be a good idea to talk about what I think were highlights and lowlights of 2011.


One of the biggest highlights for me personally was how my radio show during the "Kunku Wap Challenge" took off. It has been so much fun to be part of that I cannot wait until the next season so I can be part of it all over again. The feedback so far has been really positive and hopefully we can increase the number of listeners in 2012. One thing that will help is the show is going to have a page built so that people who are just visiting the Betfair site know there is a radio station to listen to. A big thanks to everyone who has been part of the show this year, I have really enjoyed every minute of it!

Another couple of personal highlights include me going deep in the World Poker Tour Venice Main Event in February when I finished 14th from a field of 523. It would have been nice to have won it but we all know how I run in live poker tournaments! My chopped win in the rebuy tournament at the Wynn in Las Vegas was an obvious highlight as was the win in the WCOOP even if it was playing Pot Limit Omaha!

I think that the World Series of Poker Europe's move to Cannes was a good highlight for the year simply because the fields were huge in comparison to previous years and that Cannes is a really cool place to hang out. The time it was held sucked a little but I hear they are moving the schedule around for 2012 which should make it more enjoyable for everyone involved. And how can I mention live poker without giving a shout-out to the Betfair Poker Live tour that has been a roaring success this year and I can only see it going from strength-to-strength in the next 12 months and beyond.


I'm quite a positive person but if we are discussing highlights there has to be some negative points thrown in too one of which has caused massive rippled within the poker community and that is Black Friday. A lot of my friends essentially lost their livelihoods overnight and I know players with five and six figure sums on Full Tilt that they may never see again. Fingers crossed something gets worked out in 2012.

My personal low point was my business venture Bidibot not working. Everyone involved thought it was a great idea and we still think it was a good idea but although we worked tirelessly to get it to be a massive success we just couldn't do it and had to, sadly, call the clock on it. I am always looking to branch out into business so watch this space during the next 12 months!

I think this is a good place to start winding this blog up for Christmas. As mentioned, I will be spending Christmas with my family and almost certainly just going to a house party for New Year's Eve. I go out and party enough without paying triple for a night out which pubs and clubs do on NYE, so tilting! Then in January and February I am looking forward to logging a lot of hands on Betfair Poker because I have found a couple of leaks in my game that I will put right and hopefully become a big winner.

So until the next update I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

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