Roy The Boy (Roy Brindley) – Life’s A Gamble

Roy The Boy – Roy Brindley is one of the UK & Ireland’s ‘founding fathers’ when it comes to poker. Well liked, if not loved, off the baize, he is equally welcome on it, even if that now comes as a result of less success than he enjoyed in the boom days.

Roy Brindley was there before Chris Moneymaker helped set the poker world alight and more than held his own when the new wave of internet professionals entered the game post 2003, especially in the realm of Pot Limit Omaha.

Roy Brindley’s results speak for themselves as he won no fewer than seven ranking tournaments during his fledgling days and came 2nd in the World Heads Up in 2002, although being the perfectionist that Roy was, and still is, he was apparently devastated that he hadn’t picked up the 1st place trophy and pay cheque.

Roy 'The Boy' Brindley
Roy 'The Boy' Brindley - Life's A Gamble


It is no exaggeration to suggest that Roy ‘The Boy’ Brindley could be seen as Europe’s Phil Hellmuth. It was this run of results that prompted the poker arm of UK gambling behemoth Ladbrokes to invest in Roy as their sponsored pro for a number of years.

Roy’s name was up there with over British greats at the time such as the Hendon Mob, Simon Trumper, Dave Colclough and the delicious Vicky Coren among others. Brindley also became synonymous with the Poker Million both as a commentator and player as a result.


Roy 'The Boy' Brindley
Europe's Phil Hellmuth?


Roy The Boy’s results may have dried up a little as of late but that should not detract from the work he did as poker ambassador for Ladbrokes and his very friendly and approachable demeanour to all those who meet him, both live and online.

Roy The Boy proves and says Life’s A Gamble

Mr Brindley has released the story of his world so far, entitled Life’s A Gamble which can give more insight into one of Britain’s poker greats than we have time for here.

PokerQ4 thoroughly enjoyed the book and hope that the success derived from that, and some overdue tournament wins from this sleeping giant of the world poker stage, will mean that Roy Brindley won’t ever need to resurrect his rapping career.

Roy’s autobiography Life’s A Gamble is available here from and now.


Fredrik ‘Mr Popping’ Gustafsson – pops all around the world for his job helping to run easily the largest online poker network in Europe. He is the Mr Fraud and Security of said network – so if your name is not down on the list you are not coming in. And if it is on another list you are not coming in. When he is not Popping all over the place for work he likes nothing better than a good bit of Popping in his spare time.