Monthly Archives: March 2016

Which Playing Card are you?

Do you feel more like a joker than the ace of spades? Or are you a true queen of hearts? Take our quiz to find out which playing card best suits your personality.

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Responsible Gambling – Where to Play Legally


Chances are, you love heading to the pub with your gang to catch up and enjoy a pint or two. You may even take in a football game while you’re there, or grab a table to partake in a casual game of poker. But did you know that the latter could get both you, and your local’s landlord into trouble?

The Gambling Commission recently released a statement to remind pub owners that “they are breaking the law if they allow their pubs to be used for betting or provide facilities enabling betting.” This means that if you’re playing for cash, or something else of value, you could very well be breaking the law, too.

The Commission also states that:

“No commercial betting at all, regardless of the level of stakes, is allowed in pubs and clubs. It is not socially responsible and those who facilitate such betting in pubs and clubs – whether publicans, designated premises supervisors or club officials – are providing illegal facilities for gambling and are breaking the law.”

And if you do get caught? You’ll be punished with more than just a slap on the wrist. Those who engage in the facilitation of illegal betting could be sentenced to up to 51 weeks’ imprisonment, sometimes in conjunction with a £5,000 fine. In Scotland, the prison sentence isn’t quite so harsh, lasting for six months.

It all comes down to licensing. Just like casinos, pubs and clubs must have an operating license in order for poker to be played on their premises. These can be applied for via the Gambling Commission, and are more than worth the cost. After all, is a prison sentence really worth the risk?

At Grosvenor we’re really pleased to see these regulations being reinforced. By regulating gaming in this way, the Gambling Commission isn’t only promoting responsible gaming, but helping to prevent things like criminal activity. We only hope that all premises will comply with the legislation, to help gaming remain a safe and, most importantly, fun, pastime.

It’s Grim Up North

I’ve always said it’s very rare for poker players to go from not winning to scooping a big event, there’s normally a fair degree of hitting the crossbar before you finally get that goal.

After a trip of a couple of weeks to Newcastle, Nottingham and Manchester, it’s fair to say I’ve worn out the woodwork and have got my Alan Shearer goal celebration at the ready sooner rather than later.

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The Most Notorious Cheaters in History


Poker is as much a game of chance as it is of skill, but that doesn’t stop people trying to turn the tables with sneaky tactics. That’s right, live poker has its fair share of cheats. Scams and scandals have haunted poker halls throughout history, and here are some of the most notorious cheaters behind them.

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