As a younger man, watching poker on TV was a massively special event. I would sit up watching late-night poker, with highlights from various tournaments. It motivated me to write about the famous faces I've seen over the years and here, in all its glory, is the ultimate list of poker playing celebrities in all their glory.
It can be a terrifying experience, entering a casino. Fresh with images in the mind from Hollywood scenes that suggest fiery dealers and intricate etiquette, casino virgins might feel daunted when laying their first bets. And, especially, us poker players, who may have only played online, could consider a physical felt a scary proposition.
Ever since the (almost) immediate closure of of live wagering on poker within the US, it's been a difficult ride for the game of Hold 'Em to prosper. Consisting of a predominantly US line up, the faces of professional poker have been forced into playing free money games to stream and coach from within the American border.
Walking around Macau, between the APT poker sessions, I visited the ruined façade of The Cathedral of St. Paul built in 1602 and the Fortaleza do Monte, the fortress with cannons aimed across the city skyline at the famous Casino Lisboa Hotel. Most of my time was spent standing behind the poker tables, rooting for the Titan Poker players.
My, how hard it used to be to find a game of poker. You could call round all your friends to see who was available - but you needed a large pool of friends who knew how to play the game, and enough of them free on the right night. Even if you managed that, you were stuck with the awkwardness of taking your friends' money.