On Wednesday night Econsultancy hosted its inaugural poker tournament, called Digital Nuts. It was a great event, if we ignore the fact that nobody at this end made it onto the final table!

The game was Texas Hold ‘Em, and it turns out that the internet industry knows how to play it. There were five tables, 50 players and a £2,000 prize pool up for grabs.

The event kicked off at around 7.30pm and three hours later a winner emerged.

Congratulations in particular to Quirk’s Nic Ray, who scooped the big money and has the honour of being our maiden champion. Cue another blurry iPhone picture:

Well done to all who finished in the top six. They are as follows…

1st Nic Ray - Quirk eMarketing- £800
2nd Carlos Menezes - Quirk eMarketing - £500
3rd Nick Dugdle-Moore - £250
4th Jack Hubbard - Propellernet - £200
5th Matthew Evans - Solid State Group - £150
6th Paul Bidder - Red Ant - £100

The real winner was Quirk eMarketing, if you look at the first and second places.

We limited the first Digital Nuts event to 50 places, but it quickly sold out and was oversubscribed, so next time around we’ll increase capacity to 100. That will allow more of you to come along and join in the fun. Pray you’re not on Quirk’s table if you do.

So it turns out that light entertainment is where it's at. Maybe we can expand our range of social events. Does anybody fancy a Digital Dude bowling night?

Chris Lake

Published 12 March, 2010 by Chris Lake

Chris Lake is CEO at EmpiricalProof, and former Director of Content at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter, Google+ or connect via Linkedin.

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Paul Bidder

Paul Bidder, Commercial Director at Red Ant

Nic Ray was lucky on getting a 2 on the river.... next time I'll have his chips :-)

Great night, no complaints from this happy winner....

over 8 years ago


Adam Field

I'd love to get involved in the next Poker night. Let me know when that will be. I'll be sure to bring some wannabe superstars from Media Contacts!

over 8 years ago

Jonathan Beeston

Jonathan Beeston, Director, New Product Innovation, EMEA at Media & Advertising Solutions, Adobe

Great event Chris, thoroughly enjoyed by the Efficient Frontier contigent, even if we were crying into our beers by the end.

over 8 years ago



Yes Paul, I was lucky. Very lucky. That said, I only played 12 hands the entire evening, and rode my luck to the minimum. Sorry that you were on the wrong side of it! See you at the next one.

over 8 years ago


Matthew Evans

That was a great night. I paid for it on Thursday.

Nic definitely played it cool. I'll be watching him at the next one.

Also, my bar bill came to around £80. Seems that round of tequila at the end was a bad idea. So was going to the empire casino after...

See you all next time.


over 8 years ago


Carlos Menezes

An amazing night guys - thanks to everyone who helped organise. I'm already looking forward to the next one!

over 8 years ago

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