Craig Thompson wins Poker in the Pub Las Vegas finale

Craig Thompson wins Poker in the Pub Las Vegas finale

Monday, 25 July 2011

We now know the identity of the nine lucky players who will be battling it for the World Series of Poker Main Event and the small matter of $8.7m but the winning November Niner won't be the first player to claim a title at the Rio's TV table this year. Yorkshireman Craig Thompson has beaten Eoghan O'Dea, Ben Lamb, Sam Holden and co to the punch after winning the UK Poker in the Pub season finale in Las Vegas.

Thompson was one of eight UK qualifiers flown to Sin City to decide who would be crowned Poker in the Pub Champion 2011. The 24-year-old, who will soon start training to be an accountant (if it's good enough for Chris Moneymaker...) overturned a three to one chip deficit to claim the title and was suitably delighted at the whole experience.

“It's the equivalent of an amateur tennis player playing at Wimbledon or an amateur footballer playing at Wembley,” said the regular at the game at the Puss N Boot pub in Yorks. “We were picked up by limo which we weren't expecting, we got to walk down the red carpet into the biggest poker room you'll see and then play on that table. We got a behind the scenes look at how a televised poker event works. Just unbelievable. It was incredible to think that it had all happened from going to my local and playing poker with some mates.”

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