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Glenn Baird


I have lived in Scotland my entire life, the first 8 years of which were spent in one of the most northernly parts of the country. Since then I have lived exclusively in Scotland’s Central Belt, where I attended high school and university.

In 2004 I graduated from Glasgow University with an honours degree in English literature. The course I studied began as a combination of History, Politics and English Literature. After 2 years and a brief, painful, yet mandatory foray with English Language I settled exclusively on English Literature.

In 2005, I jumped straight into study again, this time at Strathclyde University this time with the goal of a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, specialising as a teacher of English. I qualified with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, at which point I took half a year out before embarking on a career as an English teacher in Scotland.

I spent 11 years as an English teacher, during which time I remained at the one school and whilst I explored various different development roles I never left the classroom behind. Along with mainstream English teaching I also supported pupils with additional support needs, a role that was both challenging and rewarding in equal measures.

During my time studying and into my time teaching, I developed and interest in gambling and specifically Blackjack. I trained as a card counter and played in various locations with the two founders of this site Duncan Garvie and Lisa Boyle. I also played a lot online during this period and particularly enjoyed Video Poker games and Three Card Poker.

As much as I enjoyed my 11 years working in Education, when the opportunity to work for ThePOGG came along I decided it was time for a much-needed change.

In the last 3 years I have spent a long time familiarising myself with the gambling industry in the UK, spending most of that time as a content writer for the website. I was hired to write news articles and to review slots, something that has seen me turn a critical eye to well over a thousand of different slot games, some old but most of which have been recent releases.

I am married with 2 children, one born in 2005 and one born in 2017, a 12-year age-gap that has kept me on my toes for the last 3 and a half years.

When I’m not being a dad (not that it ever really stops), or working for ThePOGG, I enjoy reading, watching TV boxsets, eating good food and failing at Fantasy Premier League.

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.