Blind card ace on roll with helper

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Vikki White

A PRO­FES­SIONAL poker player who went blind three years ago is do­ing bet­ter than ever af­ter a pal of­fered to be his eyes at the ta­ble.

Steven Igle­sias, 28, thought his ca­reer was over when ge­netic dis­ease Le­ber’s Hered­i­tary Op­tic Neu­ropa­thy took his sight.

But with help from Daniel Gryt­ten, 26, he net­ted his big­gest win so far this sum­mer – £19,000 at a World Se­ries of Poker tour­na­ment in Las Ve­gas.

Steven, who is the world’s only blind pro player, said: “I am play­ing bet­ter than ever. The World Se­ries of Poker is prob­a­bly one of the most dif­fi­cult poker fields in the world. I’m proud of my ac­com­plish­ment.”

Daniel tells Steven what cards he sees but is not al­lowed to look for signs of bluff­ing in other play­ers.

Steven added: “Daniel’s task is to whis­per my cards to me. Daniel tells me ev­ery ac­tion from ev­ery player.”

This Thurs­day Steven, from Nor­way, takes on top stars in the 888Live Fes­ti­val Lon­don at Aspers Casino in East Lon­don.

One ri­val will be John Hesp, 64, from Bridling­ton, Yorks, who won £2mil­lion in Las Ve­gas in July

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