British legend Neil Channing is now a Sky Poker Ambassador after he was unveiled during Sky Poker TV on Thursday night. Channing joins fellow British star Julian Thew in Sky Poker's stable.
With more than $3.4 million in live tournament winnings, Channing is one of the most successful British players of all time. In 2008, Channing took down the Irish Open for a massive €801,400 score, which is by far the largest cash of his career so far.
Two years later, Channing finished second in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) London Main Event for £84,700 before going on to win the GUKPT Luton Main Event a few months later for an additional £64,050.
It isn't only on the United Kingdom circuit that Channing has excelled. The Reading-born pro has been a regular feature at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas for many years, notching up 33 in-the-money finishes, three of which were final table appearances and two of those were runner-up finishes.
Quite fittingly, Channing's last came came at the Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships Main Event where he busted in 14th place from 500 entrants.
According to our sources at Sky Poker, Channing will be making regular appearances on Sky Channel 861, Sky Poker TV, writing blogs for the Sky Poker site and interacting with players via the Sky Poker Forum. Channing will also play online regularly on SkyPoker.com, as well as representing Sky Poker at various live events, including the upcoming Sky Poker UKPC at Dusk Till Dawn in February 2015.
Adding someone with Channing's experience and following as an ambassador is a great move by Sky Poker and I for one am surprised that nobody has snapped up the man known affectionately as “BadBeat” before now. Everyone at UK & Ireland PokerNews wishes Channing the best of luck in his new role.