Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Of all the programmes on TV at the moment perhaps the least likely one you'd expect to find a poker related link was The Great British Bake Off.
It transpires that the winner of the amateur baking contest, Jo Wheatley, is married to a professional poker player who has been jailed for his part in a £60m money laundering scam. Richard 'The Bear' Wheatley, was given a seven year sentence in April last year after admitting conspiracy with others to conceal, convert and transfer proceeds of crime, allegedly in connection with money related to drug trafficking.Wheatley was a regular on the tournament circuit with some impressive performances listed on his Hendon Mob database entry, most notably a $60,000 score in the 2008 888.com UK Open and a win in the £500 GUKPT Grand Final, also in 2008, for £26,250.The contest winner, Jo Wheatley, was up front with show producers about her husband's current status, saying that she “didn't want to use it as some X Factor–style sob story.” And having seen the pleading from some of this year's X Factor performers we should all be grateful for that.Keep up to date with all the news from the poker world by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
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