The live poker scene is as exciting as it’s ever been.
Despite starting out as an online tournament player in 2008, with neither any particular inclination nor the confidence to play face-to-face, when I did pluck up the courage to go inside a casino I caught the live poker bug very quickly.
The first ever live competition I played was a £10 rebuy in Reading. I was anxious and frankly, scared money. I phoned the casino in advance and asked lots of questions, which is the kind of person I am. It transpired the tournament was ‘self-deal’ so I bought a deck of proper plastic playing cards and taught myself to perform a basic riffle shuffle.