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Harold Hill poker ace comes close in Vegas

PUBLISHED: 11:07 24 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:07 24 June 2015

Andrew Maher

Andrew Maher

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A pub poker player will get a big hand when he walks back into his local after coming second in a 30,000 person tournament in Las Vegas.

Andrew Maher, of Redruth Road, Romford, has just returned from a week-long trip to Sin City where he played in the Redtooth Poker Vegas 100 – the finale of a year-long competition.

Andrew was representing the King Harold pub in Harold Wood, and lost out to Scot Gordon Cuthill in a nail-biting head-to-head.

He may have missed out on the £10,000 jackpot and the £5,000 sponsorship deal, but he’ll still be getting a round in after picking up £2,000.

He plays weekly at the pub in Station Road.

A pub spokesman who said Andrew was a “really good player” was unaware he had come second in the tournament.

Vegas 100 is the UK’s largest live pub poker league with more than 1,000 venues. More than 180,000 players have registered with the event since it was launched three years ago.

Andrew had progressed through numerous local and regional tournaments before winning the national final at The Poker Room on Edgware Road.

The victory at the Vic Casino venue secured his ticket to Las Vegas.

Martin Green, managing director of Redtooth Poker, said: “Over the years the competition has just got bigger and better. It has become the event for amateur players to take part in. We are always hopeful we may unearth the next UK poker star to hit the professional stage in the future.”

For more information about Vegas 100 and Redtooth Poker visitredtoothpoker.com.


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