On Thursday 27th September, Coyote welcomed 40 professionals from the commercial property and PropTech industries for an evening of (not so) high-stakes poker, all in the name of LandAid.
Kicking things off with a welcome drink in the new Coyote office – nothing less than our very own Imperial Howler IPA and Pale Tail Ale (pictured right), it was the perfect opportunity to share our space with old friends and new alike, for the very first time.
Coyote CEO Oli Farago introduced the evening and welcomed everyone, followed by a few words from Callum Harvey of LandAid to highlightsome of the great work that LandAid are involved in. With four professional tables and a dedicated dealer on each, it didn’t take long for a couple of the players to start dropping big bets. There were several “casualties” within the first 30 minutes and in an ironic twist of fate, last year’s winner Andy Dyer was the very first player out.
A steady flow of drinks, provided by Amy Clark and Paige Butler of Coyote, ensured that everyone remained focussed on their poker face. By the time interval refreshments arrived, thanks to the folks over at Pizza Pilgrims, 12 players had been knocked out, and a couple of prominent chip leaders were emerging.
Within half an hour of play resuming, 4 tables had been whittled down to 1, and it wasn’t long before the blinds were going through roof. The evening’s game culminated with a couple of tense final hands between some of PropTech’s usual suspects and the final standings for the night finished up with James Shaw of Edozo in first place, Alex Storey of Disruptive Technologies securing second, and Matt Partridge of Infabode claiming a respectable third place.
All three proved themselves as gentlemen by generously donating their prize winnings to LandAid, which took the evening’s fundraising efforts to just over £1,620. If you’d like to support LandAid, you can donate via Coyote’s Just Giving page for Steptober; the proceeds of which will be going directly to LandAid.
Thanks to everyone who attended and helped to create a truly memorable networking event, ultimately for a fantastic cause. Thank you also to the team behind the scenes, who helped to make the evening a success, and finally a huge thanks to our sponsors for the evening; FTI Consulting and WSS Associates.