Joanne crowned regional poker queen

Regional Champion Joanne McQuarrie

Regional Champion Joanne McQuarrie

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A GATEHOUSE mum walked off quids-in after taking the regional winner’s title in the Nuts Poker League quarterly regional finals last weekend.

Gala Merchant City Casino, Glasgow was the venue for Joanne McQuarrie’s big night on Saturday with players from across Dumfries and Galloway and The Scottish Borders vying for their chance to be crowned South Scotland Regional Champion.

A great day of poker ensued when Andy Ross of Thornhill, the current South Scotland Champion of Champions announced to the waiting players “shuffle up and deal.”

On the day 16 players would cash and 11 players were receiving a seat to the Scottish National Final, and the tournament got down to 16 players extremely quickly as at 10pm the cash bubble was burst by Graeme Thom of Newton Stewart who left the tournament in 17th place. With five players in the top 16 already having qualified for the National Final, the 11 seats became 16 as the available seats were rolled down and allocated to other players, meaning that all 16 who cashed were also off to the Scottish National Final in Edinburgh on 18th June.

It quickly then fell down to the final 10 players who would form the final table with our last Borders Representative Allan Cowan of Newtown St. Boswells falling in 15th Place. The final table was lined with considerably experienced players, and got underway at midnight. In 10th was David Allison of Creetown, 9th Stuart McKenzie of Sanquhar, 8th Aaron Brown of Dumfries, 7th Jeanette Hunt of Sanquhar, 6th Barry Brown of Dumfries, 5th Andrew Dunse of Newton Stewart, 4th Steven Kerr of Dumfries, 3rd Keith Adams of Newton Stewart. We were then down to the final two players and heads-up ensued against Joanne McQuarrie and Roddy Cooksley, both of whom play in Newton Stewart.

Joanne entered heads-up with a commanding 1.1 million in chips against Roddy’s 300,000 and little changed during heads-up with Joanne retaining her chip advantage, controlling most of the action and eventually taking the title down when she Roddy flopped middle pair against Joanne’s two pair at 1.50am. The top 16 players shared a prizepool of £3,390, with first placed Joanne taking home £670 for her hard work.

The nuts poker league plays in venues across South Scotland, check out www.thenutspokerleague.com for more information.