Far be it from Esquire to blow its own trumpet - but we're gaining something of a reputation in media circles for being handy on the poker baize. After seeing off 70 rivals from other magazines and TV shows to snatch victory in a tournament last year, once again an Esquire staffer has claimed top spot in a Texas Hold 'Em evening.
The good sports at Ladbrokes Poker had put together a cordial bunch of journos from poker magazines, newspapers and men's titles on Monday night, along with ambassadors Nick Moran, of Lock, Stock fame, and professional Jon “Skalie” Kalmar, in a chic private room upstairs at London's Kettner's for a night of gentlemanly pursuits, accompanied by the odd livener, naturally.
After a disastrous start that saw Esquire's Jeremy White losing heavily to Moran in the very first hand (having been told by a mischievous PR that Nick wasn't too hot at cards, which patently wasn't the case), he settled down to come back slowly but surely over the evening. When at last it came to heads-up territory, White got his best run of luck all night, securing the honour with pocket rockets. Job done. And, yes, it was emotional.
If you fancy sharpening your poker prowess, Skalie and Moran will be hosting the online Ladbrokes Poker School, which over the next eight weeks will offer players from novice to expert tips on how to hold your own at the table.