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Bexleyheath poker player wins chance to play in Las Vegas

PUBLISHED: 09:40 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:40 10 May 2018

Matt Cragg is off to play poker in Las Vegas. Photo: Redtooth

Matt Cragg is off to play poker in Las Vegas. Photo: Redtooth

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Amateur poker player Matt Cragg sets off for the bright lights of Las Vegas at the end of the month hoping to notch up another major win.

He cut his teeth on Texas Hold ‘Em with £5 buy-ins at his local pub, the Red Barn, in Barnehurst Road, Bexleyheath.

After learning how to play and developing his own style, Matt is determined to show well at VEGAS100, where he will be up against 99 other regional winners to claim the prestigious title of UK Pub Poker Champion on May 24.

He told the Bexley Times: “I want to do well and see what that leads to.

“The World Series has a $10,000 buy-in and that will take some getting together.

“And then you will be up against literally thousands of other excellent players.”

VEGAS100, organised by Redtooth Poker, is Britain’s largest live pub poker league.

Ir has more than 1,000 venues and 200,000 players have registered with the league since it was launched just 12 years ago.

Qualifiers for the prestigious VEGAS100 event also secure their place at various live events around the UK.

The players will do battle for a slice of the £25,000 prize pool.

Included in the winner’s prize is a £5,000 sponsorship deal for the year ahead.

One player will also receive the title of Player of Year during the visit to Las Vegas.

Also high on Matt’s list is this year, players and their guests have the chance to take part in an additional tournament with more than $6,000 worth of prizes which includes a return trip to Las Vegas and a seat into a World Series of Poker event next year.

Matt said: “It can be hard to do well, but there are some who can make big money, and we will see where this tournament takes me. I will also be entering a few satellite tournaments while in Vegas.”

Martin Green, managing director of Redtooth Poker, said: “These are the best pub poker players in the UK so they fully deserve this once in a lifetime trip to America.”

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