Neil Channing is both a professional poker player and author.
Born in Reading, he now lives in Maida Vale, London. He started
gaining some notoriety by successfully grinding out a living wage
on a daily basis at the Grovesner Victoria Casino, but around 2007
he began to turn his attention to live tournament poker.
Channing writes a regular column for 'Bluff' magazine and is a
co-founder and active promoter of the site Black Belt Poker
(www.blackbeltpoker.com) for which he writes regular blog posts. In
keeping with his association with Black Belt Poker, Channing has
been seen in martial arts clothing at the poker table.
Although he has not as yet managed to win an WSOP bracelet he has
cashed over twenty five times in WSOP/E events. As of 2011, Neil
Channings total live tournament winnings amounted to more than
$2,900,000 putting him in 10th place on the UK all-time money
Neil Channing also has something of a reputation for backing other
poker players. Amongst other instances of staking/backing other
players, he sponsored eight poker players in 2009 with $20k WSOP
packages under Black Belt Poker.
Interesting Fact: Before becoming a poker pro Channing worked
as a bookmaker at numerous UK racecourses. He is still very
interested and involved in the world of betting, and often attends
large events like The Cheltenham Festival and The Grand