There’s a new poker promotion from Sky Poker called “Play The Nation” – which aims to sort out out the men from the boys and the women from the girls on the UK poker map. And now we know which part of these British isles can claim themselves to be the best poker players.
Throughout the month of February, budding betters took their seats at games in three disciplines of poker: Cash Tables, Sit and Go’s and Tournaments, and the leaderboard was swept by the South East region of the UK – who took 28 out of a possible 30 points. No southern shandy drinkers in this lot!
Invitees were divided into their regions by postcode, and ten teams battled it out for the top prize – a doubling of each winning players’ points haul.
Bad news for the North East however, who didn’t manage to emulate the recent revival of the black and whites, who scraped a paltry 6 points in all events. The second place finishers managed a very impressive tie, between London and a dream team of Northern Ireland and the Rest of the World. All this counted for naught, however; as even second place was a full eight points behind your poker prizewinners in the South East – with the most wins in both Sit n Go and tournament events.
Worth considering, however, is the combined winning power of Wales and Scotland – who would’ve scored a maximum 30 points if they had been on the same team. Wales managed to finish 8th place with 13 points, whilst our friends in the north took 17 points on their way to a fifth-place finish.
Sky Poker’s Dave Bland said of the February promotion: “When thinking of a way to embrace poker in the UK, we had to think of a promotion that we thought the customers would enjoy but would also tell us something about the players themselves. Play the Nation gave us so many conversation points as well as chances for players to rally around their region and compare their skills. We’re delighted with how it turned out and we hope the winning regions enjoy their Cash for Points boosts.”
So there you have it folks – if you want to be a winner at the poker table, move down south!