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Haverhill poker player creates history by winning a place at the Las Vegas 100 Redtooth Poker tournament



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A poker player from Haverhill has created history by becoming the first person from his team’s league to qualify for an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas to compete for a top prize worth £13,000.

Next May, Andy Graham, 32, will head to the Nevada desert city for the Vegas100 Redtooth Poker tournament, where he will be among 100 players competing to be crowned the UK pub poker champion.

It carries a first prize of £8,000 in cash and a £5,000 sponsorship package from Redtooth – to cover the costs of entering future competitions.

Andy Graham at the Grosvenor Casino in Luton with his winning hand and the golden ticket for Las Vegas. Contributed picture
Andy Graham at the Grosvenor Casino in Luton with his winning hand and the golden ticket for Las Vegas. Contributed picture

Andy, who lives in Quendon Place, has been a player of the game for over a decade but a member of the Woolpack team – competing in the Redtooth poker pub league since 2014 – for seven years.

He is the first player from the league that the Woolpack competes in to get the ‘golden ticket’ to Las Vegas, having won the Central England regional final played at the Grosvenor Casino in Luton on June 11.

The regional finals are held every 13 weeks, with the winners qualifying for the Vegas100. The Woolpack team was represented in Luton by eight players.

The UK's top 100 pub poker players are competing in Las Vegas. Picture: iStock
The UK's top 100 pub poker players are competing in Las Vegas. Picture: iStock

Andy said: “It is my biggest poker achievement, let’s put it that way.

“I’m excited, just to go and enjoy it more than anything. You can’t take it too seriously, it is an amateur league but the people that qualify tend to be fairly good.”

Andy said he was one of 166 competitors in Luton.

Andy Graham is off to to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Picture: iStock
Andy Graham is off to to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Picture: iStock

They started out playing simultaneously on multiple tables, eventually being whittled down to just Andy and one other player going head-to-head on a table set up on a stage.

Andy, who works as a delivery driver, held his nerve to produce a jack nine (J9) winning hand. He hit a jack on the flop to win with one pair against his opponent’s ace four (A4).

“I have played on that stage before, so I wasn’t as nervous as I could have been,” said Andy.

Due to Andy’s great performance the other players that went to Luton finished well and all scores combined allowed them to take the team trophy as well.

It will be a first ever trip to Las Vegas – and the US in general – for Andy.