Poker champ

Winner: Gareth in Vegas
Winner: Gareth in Vegas
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An amateur player from Morecambe has been crowned the 2014 Pub Poker Champion in Las Vegas - and is celebrating by getting married.

Gareth Tomlinson, 34, beat off competition from 100 players from across the UK to secure the prestigious Redtooth Poker national title and £5,000 in prize money.

The father-of-three qualified for the Vegas trip after playing in the Redtooth Poker league at the Trimpell Sports and Social Club, on Out Moss Lane, Morecambe.

Labourer Gareth is now set to marry long-term girlfriend Jennifer after securing the title at the Orleans Casino during a week-long visit to Las Vegas.

He said: “We’ve been engaged for a while and the kids have been on at me to marry their mum, so now I’ve won the title we’ve agreed to set a date!

“It’s been an amazing experience, one of the best days of my life. I had to battle through the first few rounds and with poker it’s not over until it’s over, as anything can happen.

“It’s a huge amount of money to win and I’ll be able to put it to a new car, treat the kids and now for the wedding.”