February 25, 2009

Robbie Williams swaps life in LA for poker in Swindon

As a super-rich pop star, you would expect Robbie Williams to indulge his passion for poker at the world’s most luxurious gambling resorts. He could go all in at Monte Carlo or Vegas — but instead he is choosing to hit the tables in not-so-glamorous Swindon.

Now I’m sure there is nothing wrong with the facilities at the town’s Premier Club. But it’s not quite where you expect to find the world’s high-rollers.

But The Robster — during breaks from gazing up at the sky searching for flying saucers — has become a regular at the club’s poker nights close to his multi-million pound Wiltshire mansion. And pal Jonathan Wilkes often joins him for the five-card stud sessions.

My mole said: "Robbie has been in frequently over the last few weeks. He plays to a very high standard and has been having fun with Jonathan. He’s getting a reputation as a serious adversary around the poker tables here."

The former Take That star signalled the end of his five-year exile in LA last December when he splashed out 7 million pounds on his new pad.

He moved in a month ago and has been beavering away on his comeback album.

Robbie — who released No1 album Swing When You’re Winning in 2001 — has a reputation for being a demon card shark.

When he was living in LA, he hosted a card school and once begged veteran Welsh crooner Tom Jones to join. In 2002, Tom said: "Robbie’s started a poker circle. He’s bought a house up the street from me and has been asking me to join in but I can’t play."

Robbie might also have the chance to get his football boots back on, having left his beloved LA Vale amateur side behind. Wilkes plays for the Premier Club members side KC FC.

He explained: "Me and my wife moved to the area about a year ago and my brother-in-law is the captain. We’ve got a decent side and are having a pretty good season."

Sounds like Rob’s got everything his heart desires. Now he just has to persuade his LA-born actress girlfriend Ayda Field to settle over here.

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