But this trio of Scots have won more than £6.7million between them.I also got some valuable tips from Jake Cody, who arrived in Edinburgh after shrugging off a £67,127 buy-in loss for one tournament in Las Vegas – which was chickenfeed to a man who’s won more than £4.69million.Pokerstars pro superstar Jake, from Rochdale, Lancashire, rocked up to Edinburgh after a disappointing two-month spell in the US city.
Jake hit the A-list by winning £620,079 at the EPT Deauville in France, aged 21, then became one of only five players to win a triple crown, adding a World Series of Poker bracelet and a World Poker Tour win to complete the set.
To emphasise the growing acceptability of poker as a career, when Jake went to the World Series of Poker in Vegas this year – staying for a month – he took partner Alex and daughter Arianna, 11 months.
He said: “It would have been tough to leave them at home for such a long time, so I took them to Vegas and they loved it.
I went to work every day and it wasn’t the best time for me, so I lost quite a bit of cash, including £67,127 that was the entry for one tournament.
“You get two main camps in poker from the slightly geeky IT, maths types to the lad types and I’m probably a bit more of a lad.
“I like a laugh and I enjoy the banter but I won’t drink while I’m playing a tournament and I won’t turn up tired or with a hangover because that would just kill the edge you have over the other good players.
I need to be focused and it’s all about winning for me.
“If I’m playing my gran in a game at Christmas I’ll not give an inch.
The UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) started in December 2009, is a major regional poker tour in the United Kingdom and Ireland.