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Dame de Couer - Lisa Boyle

Autobiography

I was a summer baby – the only one in my entire family – born in Scotland around 400 years after I should have been - where I have been resident ever since. In 2000 I graduated from The University of Edinburgh with an MA(Hons.) Degree in English Language and English Literature. Like many graduates I was unsure of what I wanted to do in terms of a career, so I took some time out to work as a retail manager whilst I decided. In 2003 I returned to academia to undertake a Post Graduate qualification at my Alma mater, this time in the Education Faculty, and I graduated (again!) a year later with a Merit level Post Graduate Certificate in Education – specifically in teaching English. I then worked as an English teacher for the next 13 years.

I have led something of a varied existence and after meeting my now husband, I began to dabble in the world of casinos. At first, I saw this as a way to develop my mental acuity whilst also being an activity I could share with my partner. Like many players, card games were what took my interest initially; Blackjack with its low house edge was especially appealing. Card counting was the gateway to challenging myself with more advanced techniques. Had you told me when I graduated for the first time that I would shortly find myself travelling to multiple locations at home and abroad to play in casinos, I would have found the idea crazy. The professional gambling world is full of interesting and very bright people and it was fun to be part of it for a while, but playing as a woman comes with a unique set of challenges and eventually they outweighed the positives for me.

My husband founded ThePOGG whilst I was still a practicing teacher and as the business grew he brought me on board full time. I have a fairly individual skillset and as such I am well suited to the demands of this dynamic industry.

My role at ThePOGG is two-fold. My keen eye for detail and lack of tolerance for low standards (in all things), mean that I have responsibility for undertaking client commissioned audits. I am very familiar with regulatory standards and the relevant compliance documentation associated with the individual regulators, meaning that I am often able to help clients address failures in compliance before this becomes a significant issue for them. I am also the main casino reviewer for the site – you will find me writing under the pseudonym Dame de Couer (the queen of hearts is my favourite playing card).

Beyond the professional sphere I have many interests – too many to cover here! I love reading – Alasdair Gray, William Shakespeare, and Angela Carter are particular passions of mine. I also have a keen interest in Tudor history – I will read anything I can get my hands on about Anne Bolyen or Elizabeth I – there is something about a woman making waves in a man’s world. I write for pleasure when I have the time, and this is something I would love to develop when I get the chance. I am an avid tennis fan – Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro and Sefanos Tsitsipas all have a special place in my heart – I like them honest and hardworking I guess. Cooking, interior design and crafting are all pastimes of mine – I love making traditional spun cotton ornaments to give as gifts or use as decorations.

I am privileged to have the best husband in the world and we are very lucky that our 8 crazy cats let us live happily in their house with them, asking only that we cover all expenses - they need hired help after all! There is never a dull moment.

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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.