The Fish from the Valleys - a poker comic

When Martin Jacobson won the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, and his $10m first prize, the Swedish shark had to chow down on a flood full of fish.

Have you ever wondered where they come from?

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Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

Fish from the Valleys

 

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When Martin Jacobson won the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, and his $10m first prize, the Swedish shark had to chow down on a flood full of fish.

Have you ever wondered where they come from?

Well, some of them come from the Welsh Valleys.

I mean, what did you expect?

Tom Jones is one of our countries most beloved stars. Nobody has had to scrape more sticky stockings from his sweaty brow than the man from Pontypridd. Lest we forget that the man who liked to sing about Delilah, Pussycats and Sex Bombs also called his autobiography From the Valleys to Vegas.

The Welsh know how to get to Vegas, and for this bunch of rabble, it starts, after hours, in a quiet corner of a pub. Not your quaint English gent type of gaff. We’re talking bogs with no toilet seats; a requirement to drink the entire contents of the top shelf should you be on the receiving end of a seven baller in pool, and the best kept secret in Wales.

The Tuesday night home game.

Oh shit.

I guess it’s not a secret anymore.

There is no poker without the fish from the valleys, and their worldwide equivalents. This is where the real characters are born. People who are funny without trying. Folk who open their mouths to unleash comedy gold, and one-liners that would make Cersei Lannister giggle.

People like Jock. The pub landlord that nobody understands because of his strong Scottish accent, but who is never far from his interpreter Wee Callum, and his faithful, but prone to shite anywhere, dog called Rocky.

Or people like Tommy Eggs. A retired member of the Royal Air Force who must have had a shell dropped on his head during the war. When he’s not playing poker he can be found down his allotment talking to his chickens. His new job is making chicken coups, but he doesn’t charge anybody for them, and is always complaining that business is tough.

Then there’s Timmy ‘The Run’ Walsh, who got his nickname because he always seems to have the run (that’s a straight to anyone who is not British). The Run is also the local drugs dealer. Although it’s an occupation he is trying very hard to leave behind. He always tells the group that he will pack it in once he wins his WSOP bracelet, although he doesn’t even know what one of those is.

And we can’t forget Abdullah. The Iranian card sharp that brings food to the buffet every week, and nobody has eaten it in the past five years. It’s not xenophobia…more like whatthefuckisthatoverya. He refers to everyone as a Muppet, carries a rabbit’s foot as a luck charm that stinks of rotting flesh, and never plays anything other than Super Stud.

And I haven’t even mentioned Ching, Eddie Ace, Tiny, Jimmy Mac, and The Sleeper.

These grassroots stars play the game until 5am, go home, brush their pegs, and are back into the nine to five a few short hours later.

They love the game.

They love this life.

They are the fish from the valleys.

 


 

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Lee DavyLee Davy is a professional life coach who helps people with their addictions at needyhelper.com. In his spare time he is a writer and poker enthusiast. He is a member of the select group of media that votes for the Poker Hall of Fame.

 

 

Jack TzekovJack Tzekov is an art director, graphic and web designer and illustrator who works at Bearbrook Studios. He atttends the Academy of Art University and lives in Ottawa, Canada.

 

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