Amateur poker player from Northampton wins tournament and £4,500

A man from Northampton is celebrating after scooping top prize in a major Texas Hold '˜Em tournament.

Wednesday, 20th July 2016, 1:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:11 pm
Ray Church

Ray Church, aged 40, was taking part in the partypoker Grand Prix Poker Tour Mini tournament and won £4,550 and a free entry to the GPPT Main event taking place at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.

Ray was among 509 entries in the tournament which boasted a prize pool of more than £35,000 at the Broadway Casino in Birmingham.

He said: “When there was just three of us left we did a deal over the prize money - but I really wanted to play on for the trophy. I was so proud to have won it.”

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Ray felt that to have lifted the silverware was reward for the time he has spent honing his skills at the game he first started playing eight years ago.

A keen football fan it has also been his biggest win in that time.

“I am really proud of myself. It is a fantastic feeling to have won the title,” he said.

Tom Waters, boss of partypoker, said: “Ray did brilliantly to win against a strong field of players.

“It was fantastic to see genuine grassroots poker players turning their £77 entry tickets into big money paydays.”