A grandmother who progressed from a Hucknall pub to Las Vegas to follow her love of poker has landed a prestigious prize.
For Caroline Quinn, 52, was named UK player of the year in a high-profile tournament in Vegas, run by Redtooth, the country’s largest live pub poker league.
“I didn’t expect to win,” said Caroline, who qualified for the Vegas100 event through her success in poker games at the Green Dragon pub on Watnall Road.
“Poker is such a male-dominated sport, and I was up against four men who had played well all year, so I thought I had no chance.
“When I found out I had won, I was so surprised. So I had a few drinks and a good laugh with my friends to celebrate.”
A company accountant, Caroline, who lives on Jenny Burton Way in Hucknall, was competing at Vegas100 for the third time. The award she won was voted for by all the participants at the tournament.
She added: “I am committed to playing poker, so to have been recognised by my peers means a lot to me. I feel privileged to have won.
“Everyone involved with the event is so friendly. It’s like one massive family and that creates a great atmosphere.
“I’ve already bought my ticket for the European leg of the tournament in Prague. But my main goal is to compete at Vegas100 again next year and to become the first overall female winner.”
The Dragon is one of more than 1,000 venues that hosts the Redtooth league. Another player at the pub, 55-year-old plumber Martin Fordham, of Farleys Lane, was also among the elite 100 to qualify this time round and joined Caroline on the week-long, paid-for adventure to Vegas.
THE boss of the Derbyshire-based tournament organisers, Redtooth, hailed Caroline’s success as “a fantastic achievement”. Martin Green said: “We are delighted for Caroline. She fought off incredibly tough competition to win the award. She should be very proud.”
Now in its 12th year, the Redtooth poker league boasts more than 180,000 players at pubs and clubs across the country. The players accumulate points through the year, with the highest scorers going through to regional and national finals before making it through to Las Vegas.