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Redtooth Goes Nuts…

The UK’s biggest pub poker leagues have merged in a significant deal.

Redtooth Poker and The Nuts Poker League have joined forces bringing together a combined total of more than 250,000 registered players – making it ten times bigger than any other league in the country.

In what is the biggest development in pub poker, existing branding of both parties will continue, but with Redtooth Poker taking overall ownership and ensuring a variety of link-ups between the two leagues. This includes the five national Nuts Poker winners joining Redtooth Poker’s Vegas 100, where a hundred players win a week-long trip to Las Vegas.

Redtooth Poker has more than 950 weekly leagues around the country, while The Nuts Poker League has around 330.

Martin Green, managing director of Barlborough-based Redtooth, said: “This is a significant development for our business and the pub poker industry at large. The coming together of these two leagues will make us ten times bigger than any other pub poker league in the country. It’s a very exciting time for everyone involved.”

Steve-DragonsDenFounder of the Wrexham-based The Nuts Poker League, Steve Bellis, is known for securing £65,000-worth of investment on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den from Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden – becoming the first person to leave the den with more money than he went in for.

Steve will continue to provide a support role to Redtooth and attend all five of The Nuts Poker League yearly finals. The Nuts Poker League has 16 franchisees, across Scotland, England and Wales. All the franchisees will continue to provide The Nuts Poker leagues, but each will become part of the Redtooth team.

Steve Bellis said: “This is a great deal for The Nuts Poker League. We are joining the biggest pub poker league in the country in Redtooth, which has an excellent reputation amongst players in the UK. “Importantly, The Nuts Poker League name will remain and continue to provide players with an opportunity to play in their local pub, as well as progress to the national finals. And by joining with Redtooth, even more exciting opportunities will open up to those players.”

In total, the Redtooth Poker League, which was recently named the Best Poker League in the UK at the prestigious British Poker Awards – an accolade won by The Nuts Poker League in the past – has seen continued growth over the past seven years.

Pubs pay a flat fee of £20 a week to host the Redtooth Poker season, which runs in four quarters during a 12-month period and culminates in two national finals with the best 100 poker players win a trip to Las Vegas in May.

Martin Green added: “The Nuts Poker League has enjoyed great success in recent years and this deal will allow us to spread the word of Redtooth to areas of the country where we are keen to grow. “By joining forces, we will be able to offer a variety of poker models to meet the needs of the pubs. We are also interested to hear from any existing Redtooth Poker players who may wish to set-up their own franchise under The Nuts Poker League. We will be able to provide all the Casino-standard equipment they need to get established in their region.

“Bringing the existing 16 franchisees under Redtooth will expand our team significantly as well as open up channels to offer additional services to their existing pubs, such as our darts league and quizzes.”

Redtooth Poker, part of the Redtooth group, is based at Barlborough in North Derbyshire. The company’s accolade at the British Poker Awards was decided by public votes and 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.

Martin Green and Steve Bellis

Martin Green and Steve Bellis



For more information about Redooth Poker visit www.redtoothpoker.comor call 01246 813713. Alternatively follow @redtoothpoker on Twitter. For more information about The Nuts Poker League visit www.thenutspokerleague.com.

Pictured:  Martin Green (Left) and Steve Beliis (Right)

Issued on behalf of Redtooth Poker by HR Media Ltd. For more information please contact Steve Hutton at HR Media on 0114 252 7771 or by emailing steve@hrmedia.org.uk. Alternatively visit www.hrmedia.org.uk.

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