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Morecambe Player Named UK Pub Poker Champion in Las Vegas!


Morecambe pub poker player named UK Pub Poker Champion in Las Vegas


An amateur player from Morecambe has been crowned the 2014 Pub Poker Champion in Las Vegas.


Gareth Tomlinson, 34, beat off competition from 100 players from across the UK to secure the prestigious Redtooth Poker national title and £5,000 in prize money.

The father of three qualified for the Vegas 100 trip after playing in the Redtooth Poker league at the Trimpell Sports and Social Club, on Out Moss Lane, Morecambe.

Labourer Gareth is now set to marry long-term girlfriend Jennifer after securing the title at the Orleans Casino during a five-day visit to Las Vegas.  He said: “We’ve been engaged for a while and the kids have been on at me to marry their mum, so now I’ve won the title we’ve agreed to set a date!

“It’s been an amazing experience, one of the best days of my life. I had to battle through the first few rounds and with poker it’s not over until it’s over, as anything can happen. We were playing for more than 12 hours and it was an emotional roller-coaster ride throughout. But it’s a dream to win.

“I was missing home as I couldn’t get through to the family for the first couple of days in America and it was quite emotional when I did talk to the kids. It was the furthest and longest time I’ve spent away from the family, but winning has made it all worthwhile.

“It’s a huge amount of money to win and I’ll be able to put it to a new car, treat the kids and now for the wedding.”

Gareth has been playing poker for more than eight years, but only at the Trimpell Sports and Social Club for the last 12 months. As part of Gareth’s prize the club will receive a year’s free subscription to the Redtooth Poker league.

Gareth added: “The Trimpell is a good venue for poker and when I returned they had put on a celebration for me, which was fantastic. Interest in the league is getting bigger and bigger with about 20 players taking part each week at the club.”

Martin Green, managing director of Redtooth Poker, said: “We would like to offer our congratulations to Gareth on being crowned the UK Pub Poker Champion. It’s a fantastic achievement. Not only did he beat competition from the 100 players in the final but he came out on top against thousands of amateur players across the country.

“The Redtooth Poker league is now recognised as the best in the UK and provides amateur players the opportunity to take part in a potentially life-changing experience. More and more new pubs across the country are getting involved in the league as they are seeing the benefits of having regular customers attending to take part each week.”

The other players to reach the final ten in Las Vegas included Stuart Weston from The Cross Keys in York, Dave Beards of the Albion Hotel in Wolverhampton, Ryan Marshall of the Pentwyn Arms in Cardiff, Dave Ryan from the Lever Club in Wirral, Paul Harrison of the Mundy Arms, at Heanor, Paul Catto at the Treacle Mine in Grays, Lee Warman of Hollybush in Cardiff, Flora Fawcett at the Ebdon Arms in Wick St Lawrence and Christian Bowler of the Chestnut Tree, Andover.

Part of the Redtooth Group, based at Barlborough in North Derbyshire, Redtooth Poker is the UK’s largest live pub poker league with more than 1,000 venues and 150,000 players registered with the event since being launched in 2007.

It was recently named the Best Poker League in the UK at the prestigious British Poker Awards. The accolade, which was decided by public votes, follows Redtooth winning the Best Entertainment Supplier award at the Publican suppliers’ awards.

This makes Redtooth the only company to have received an award from the pub industry and the poker industry.

To watch videos from the Vegas 100 trip and for more information about Redooth Poker visit www.redtoothpoker.com or call 01246 813713. Alternatively follow @redtoothpoker on Twitter.

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