John Duthie, pioneer of UK poker

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Leading the way

Leading the way

Remember when you first got into Texas Hold’Em? My moment of clarity came back in 2000 when I was trying to work on a breaking football story for a sports website but couldn’t take my eyes off the Poker Million which was on the TV in the corner of the room. It was the UK’s first ever televised poker event and this guy was slow-playing a full house (Aces and eights) with all the nonchalence of James Bond. John Duthie lured in his prey, claimed the £1m prize with ‘Dead Man’s Hand’ and was immensely self-deprecating in victory. Little did we know that Duthie would go on to found the European Poker Tour and pave the way for poker as we know it today. Read more.


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