FOR many years, poker was seen as a game to be played only in casinos or in smoke-filled rooms at the back of saloons. In recent years, gambling on the internet has made poker one of the UK's top leisure past-times, with thousands of people playing every day. Now, a pub-based poker league has been set up in Huntingdonshire where players compete for points, not cash, with a more social element to the game. Instead of risking large amounts of money on the turn of a card, players can relax in the knowledge that a one-off fee of £6 is all they stand to lose. Tom Burton, who lives in Brampton, has been running the Cambridgeshire branch of the UK National Poker League for the past six months. He says the pressure-free atmosphere of the league is an ideal way for people to practice their skills, or learn the game for the first time.