Blind card ace on roll with helper
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