Football Legend Stuart Pearce Receives a Lesson in Poker

Stuart Pearce

“The intricacies of the game are more in-depth than ever I thought they would be.” Those are the words of the former England captain and current Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce.

A legend in the realms of football, Pearce admits he’s a complete novice when it comes to playing poker, but that he is intrigued by the game, especially the psychology behind poker. Pearce now knows a little more about poker thanks to taking part in a WPT500 UK promotion held on Monday at the student union bar at Nottingham University.

Pearce, affectionately known as “Pyscho,” sat down with Dusk Till Dawn Live Poker Director Simon Trumper for a poker lesson and he instantly felt an affinity with the card game and said you can compare poker with ‘the beautiful game.’

“The pure psychology behind it intrigues me, trying to pre-guess your opponent and I think this is one of those situations where you can draw parallels [with football] between attacking, aggressive play on the card table or more defensive play because the way we play away is slightly different to how we play at home.”

The man capped by his country on 78 occasions was in the city that he holds close to his art to help promote the upcoming WPT500 UK that takes place at Dusk Till Dawn from November 11 through to November 16.

Featuring seven starting flights, each costing £500, the WPT500 UK features a £1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. When the WPT500 ran at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas in July it attracted 3,599 players and smashed its $1,000,000 guarantee by some $561,000. No doubt the WPT, partypoker and Dusk Till Dawn management team hope to emulate that event’s success.

The question on many poker fans’ lips is whether or not Pearce will sit down and play in the WPT500 UK. The answer is almost certainly no because the football season is in full swing right now, but judging by how much Pearce seemed to enjoy his poker lesson there is every chance that “Psycho” will be taking a seat next to you at a poker tournament in the future.

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