Professional poker player and entrepreneur, Caspar Berry’s take on business is unique, insightful and refreshing. Changing people's perceptions around themes such as risk, teamwork, leadership, and persuasion all through the metaphor of poker. Caspar believes that changing people's patterns and behaviors is a sure-fire way to ensure success.
Professional poker player and entrepreneur, Caspar Berry’s take on business is unique, insightful and refreshing. His eye-opening comparisons between playing cards and running a business incorporate innovating, risk-taking, communicating, and decision-making.
Casper’s career in the spotlight began as the lead character in the first BBC 1 series of Byker Grove, alongside TV presenters Ant and Dec.
After graduating from Cambridge with an Economics and Anthropology degree, Caspar had his first screenplay produced by Film4, and by the age of 23 he was writing for Miramax and Columbia Tri Star. The bright lights called, but movies were not his focus – at the age of 25, Caspar made the life-changing decision to move to Las Vegas and become a professional poker player for three years, pitting his wits against the top players on the circuit.
Caspar returned to the UK to co-found Twenty First Century Media which became the fastest growing audio visual media company in the North East of England. As a fully-fledged businessman with access to tales and experience from life at the poker table and on TV, Caspar began inspiring companies with his acumen and charm, as a keynote speaker.
He also expounds his wisdom on TV, as presenter of Poker Night Live, voted Britain’s best poker show; and Sky Poker, the country’s premier nightly poker show. Caspar's most recent film credit was as the poker adviser on the James Bond movie, Casino Royale.
Caspar takes a fresh look at the way organisations take decisions and communicate so that they can achieve a competitive edge. He emphasises that breaking patterns and changing behaviours is key to motivate teams in the most challenging and productive way.
He uses the metaphor of poker - always fun and original – and ensures an engaged response and a starting point from which to explore business themes, and he often ignites passion, a competitive edge and team bonding with a poker game after his talk!