11 April 2016

Great Gatsby Themed Poker Night


It seems as though I'm suited and booted more than I'm actually in my casual clothes these days, which is really strange for me because I do love my casual clothes.
And recently I got myself all dressed to impress for something even more further away from my norm.

I pulled on my amazing suit from Moss Bros - which I featured in a post recently - but it fit in perfectly with the theme of the event I was attending and it certainly got me a lot of nice compliments, as did my amazing, striking black and white brogues.




So what was I getting up to I hear you ask?
Well, it was a few week ago now, but let me tell you what was going on.

Just picture the scene, I was in this dark room with dimmed, atmospheric red lighting.
Alcohol was flowing - well it was for others, I was driving so it was only juice for me - and the room was crammed with an array of finely dressed men and women - all bloggers and all dressed up to fit in perfectly with the Gatsby themed evening.
It was clear to see everyone had gone that extra mile to make sure their outfit stood out.



But we weren't just there to look good (although we all did do that very well) we had been invited along to play Texas Hold em Poker to try win some cash for the charity of our choice.

The event was put on by the people at Ladbrokes Poker and all of the poker tables used throughout the evening were supplied by Casino Hire UK.









The event was held at the Double Tree by Hilton and we were in the stunning sky lounge bar which I must say was very nice indeed.

I'd actually never played poker before this event so I didn't think there would be any chance at all that I would win but I do know I have an amazing poker face so I was hoping I could bluff my way to winning.





During the first round of the betting of the night we were treated to some lovely canap├ęs and they definitely helped take my mind of just how rubbish I was at poker.

And as it turns out I could have done with a whole load more of them to take my mind off of it because I got knocked out I'm the first round.
But all was not lost, I did learn how to play the game so all wasn't lost.

After the first games were over there was a little break and we were treated to some really mind blowing trick from Pete James who is a amazing magician - my mind is still confused with what he did and I'd love to know how he did his tricks.



The people who had all managed to win some chips went on to play again but the stakes got higher and this is where things got serious.

Luckily for the rubbish poker plays like me there were a whole host of games of Black Jack set up for us and I found this a lot easier of a game to play and it suited me perfectly - well I can count to 21 so I had fun playing.

I suggested we play a few games of Snap but that idea was shot down...but I think people were just scared I would take all of their money.

Then, after a few games of this we were all invited back over to the main poker table to watch the final remaining two players,  The Yorkshire Dad and Bryony who were going head to head, both looking quite smug with the amount of chips they had on the table.


It was all looking a bit tense and then they both decided to go totally crazy and go all in, but I think it may have been a different story if they were playing with there own money, but Bryony came out on top and then won a whopping £500 for her charity of choice.

I had such a great night, everyone involved was so friendly and I was really nice seeing some familiar
bloggers face's and also having the opportunity to meet some new ones.


CARL
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