Pub poker player from Northampton comes close to winning £10,000 top prize at Las Vegas showdown

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A pub poker player from Northampton has just missed out on becoming UK pub poker champion 2015 after a high profile tournament in Las Vegas.

Shane Hall, of St John’s House, Northampton, has just returned home from a free 7-day trip from Las Vegas which included a qualifying tournament into the WSOP Colossus Event and the Redtooth Poker Vegas 100 tournament main event where he finished 19th on the day - the finale of a year-long tournament which saw more than 30,000 entries.

The tournament was won by Scotland’s Gordon Cuthill. He secured the £10,000 top prize, which included a £5,000 sponsorship deal, in a nail-biting conclusion. Shane, who plays at Kinglsey Park WMC in St Neots, won £100.

In its ninth year, 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.

The other Northamptonshire qualifiers were Adrian Clarke, of Glamis Close, Rushden, who plays at the town’s Rushden WMC; and Craig O’Connor, of High Street South, Rushden, who plays at the town’s Wheatsheaf.

The qualifiers had progressed through numerous local and regional tournaments, before winning the national final and securing 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 was an incredibly tough

competition.

“Redtooth’s Vegas 100 tournament continues to grow from strength to strength and has become the event for amateur players to take part in. We are always hopeful that we may unearth the next UK poker star to hit the professional stage in the future.”

Redtooth Poker, part of the Redtooth group, based at Barlborough in North Derbyshire was recently named the Best Poker League in the UK at the